How to Use Your God-given Influence to Be a Kingdom Builder (Part 2)

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Other Leaders

In my previous article I argued that “Everyone has influence. We all influence someone.” And that God expects us to be good stewards of that influence. And I defined a “kingdom builder” as one who as a great purpose to live for, great principles to live by, great power to live on, and great people […]


How to Pastor a Healthy Church

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Healthy Flock

As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional and relational health as well? My guess is, if you’re like most pastors, you probably don’t. Consider how the […]


How to Use Your God-given Influence to Be a Kingdom Builder (Part 1)

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Growing Influence

Everyone has influence. We all influence someone. And God expects us to be good stewards of that influence for His kingdom’s sake. He didn’t give us our influence for selfish purposes on our part, but so that we might share the good news about him – so that we could be Kingdom builders. What exactly […]


Pastoral Secrets Lead To Pastoral Sickness

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Pastoral Secrets

Years ago I had a secret. A secret so shameful, that I could not tell anyone. At the time, it just wasn’t done. It was a secret that wasn’t spoken about at dinner parties, and a problem you were expected to solve on your own. I had carried the secret for years; it kept me […]


Instead of Building Your Platform, Build Your Character

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Platform

Pastor, words like “platform” and “influence” are important. But if we aren’t careful, in our desire to build our platform and influence, we can end up building our EGO. As leadership gurus Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges say, “EGO stands for ‘Edging God Out’.” BUILD YOUR CHARACTER Instead of building your platform, focus more on […]


Autopsy of a Burned Out Pastor: 13 Lessons

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Exhausted

Perhaps the autopsy metaphor is not the best choice. After all, the person is not deceased. But the pastor who is burned out feels like life is draining out. Unfortunately, I have spoken with too many pastors for whom burnout is a reality or a near reality. What lessons can we learn from those pastors […]


Lead Better by Improving the Way You Communicate

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Never Persuasive When Abrasive

You can’t lead a church, evangelize a community, or do business without communicating. And the better you become as a communicator, the better you become as a leader, and the better the team you lead becomes as a result. That means to get ahead you’ve got to continually work on your communication skills. Probably 75% of the problems we face, at home, at work, and at church are related to poor communication with family members, church members, your clients, or your coworkers. Poor communication is also the most frequently mentioned problem in marriage counseling. Here are three things you must give up in order to grow as a communicator.


5 Practical Ways to Become A Better Leader

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Team Doing Right

Becoming a better leader is one of those daunting lines on your to-do list. It’s in there with “be a great father” or “get closer to God.” It’s a noble item, to be sure, but it’s a hard one to check off. It feels large and intangible and like you will never quite know when […]


Inspiring Thoughts About What Leaders Do

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Lead Like It

Leaders rally people to go places in their lives they would never go on their own. Perhaps they would have never thought about going there or been willing to go by themselves. Isaiah 42 is a prophetic chapter about Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Even though ultimately about Jesus, it does share some powerful truths for […]


How to Foster a Creative Community

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Foster Creativity

In recent decades, churches haven’t been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, and the same style of preaching for years on end. There hasn’t been much room for those with creative talents to come in […]


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