How to Release Creative People for Effective Ministry

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Volunteers

It’s impossible to have a healthy church that experiences multi-dimensional growth without trusting people enough to delegate leadership to them. Having said that, this remains one of the greatest bottlenecks to growth for thousands of churches. And delegation remains one of the hardest challenges for Pastors and church staff members. One of the reasons we […]


The Best Way to Have a Ministry That Pleases God

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Rod Baker Preaching

Some Bible verses are so clear that their simple truth is undeniable, such as Hebrews 11:6 which says, “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (NLT) In case you missed the deep, hidden meaning […]


One Simple Thing That Will Make You a Better Pastor

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photo: EladeManu, Creative Commons

What does it mean to be a master in the art of living? If you asked a hundred different people, you’d get a hundred different opinions. That’s understandable. It’s a vague question. But I read a James Michener quote recently about the art of living that I just can’t get out of my head. I […]


Why We Need To Make Friends With Other Pastors

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Friends

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Have you ever heard that quote by Theodore Roosevelt? I find it to be true in my own life, and if you think about it for a moment, I think you’ll find it’s true in yours as well. Comparison is such a natural tendency for people, and as pastors, […]


Is Your Ministry a Laser or a Lightbulb?

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Lightbulb

A lightbulb can brighten up a dark room. A laser can cut through steel. Lightbulbs disperse soft light in every direction for a short distance. Lasers can only be focused in a single direction but, theoretically, one beam can travel infinitely. In the same way your ministry is either a laser or a lightbulb. After […]


How to Thrive Through the Dog Days of August

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Hot Sun

There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned, and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for pastors and church leaders, especially in August. I’ve noticed that about half way through the year I always tend to […]


What to Do When Deadlines Are Pressing In On You

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Deadlines

Right now many deadlines are pressing in on me. Has that ever happened to you? I remember when the only pressure I had was that of sermon preparation for Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. While those deadlines were pressing in on me weekly and it was real, it seems the longer I am […]


10 Habits Great Leaders Should Never Have

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Clock

What habits are keeping you from getting your work done? Bad Habits = Bad Leadership Here Are 10 Habits you Must Break to be More Productive: 1- Overloading Have you ever been in the middle of one task and then started another, only later to realize that you didn’€™t finish either? Multi-tasking seems like a […]


Metrics for A Different Kind of Church

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Springs Ocala

Allow me to clarify that this article is an adaptation from Will Mancini’s book Innovating Discipleship! “How do you want your church to be different two years from now?”  The typical answer is, “We want more people!”  That can be expressed in different forms such as; “We want our auditorium full!” or “We want to […]


Awaiting the New Pastor

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Pulpit

The entire church is waiting expectantly. When your church is in transition—seeking a new pastor or other ministry staff member—there are a few things any member can do: Get Busy about God’s Work Personally demonstrate faithfulness. This is not a time to relinquish church responsibilities or slack off in tithing or attendance. Your commitment is […]


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