3 Phases of a Paul and Timothy Relationship

Baton

Every leader needs mentors and models – typically other leaders just ahead of where we are in our growth and our journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling those just behind us. This is the only way for discipleship to take on the multi-generational nature described by Paul in 2 Timothy […]


Every Leader Needs a God-sized Ambition

Road Ahead

Many leaders never achieve the level of influence they could potentially have because they drift through life on autopilot, maintaining the status quo, without a big ambition. They have no master plan, no big purpose, no dreams pulling them along. But if you’re going to be a great leader, you need to dream great dreams. […]


6 Biblical Ways to Handle Disunity

Argument

The Bible says that pastors are accountable to God to manage and direct the church (see 1 Peter 5, 1 Timothy 3:5, 1 Timothy 5:17). Good shepherds are good protectors against wolves, and wolves are everywhere. The Bible also says that members of the flock are accountable to submit to the leadership of the church […]


How to Re-Ignite Your Passion for Ministry

Re-Ignite Your Passion

Passion is what energizes life. It turns the impossible into possible. In fact if you don’t have any passion in your life, ministry will become boring, dull, routine, monotonous. I’ll go so far as say if you don’t have passion in your life you are not living. You are existing. God made you to live a […]


3 Fears That Prevent Leaders from Being Authentic and Influencing People

Authenticity

You want God to use you to influence others in ministry or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. And for God to really use you, you have to be willing and able to get close to people and enjoy real relationships with them. But having mentored thousands of pastors all over the world, it’s pretty […]


The Aim of Preaching Is Life Transformation

Transformed

If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character (to feel like Jesus), and Christlike conduct (to act like Jesus). Every other objective of preaching is secondary. At the end of the sermon, if people […]


3 Characteristics of an Effective Purpose Statement

301 Tent

Saddleback’s purpose statement has been quietly guiding much of our decision-making for nearly three decades. Our purpose statement is: To bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop them to Christlike maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and their life mission in the world in order to magnify God’s name. That statement captures the […]


How Your Church Can PASTOR Your Guests This Christmas

Christmas at Saddleback

If the two times of the year that guests typically show up for a weekend church service are Easter and Christmas, then we have an evangelistic mandate to make the most of the opportunity to welcome them, show them grace and love, and initiate a relationship with them if at all possible. The problem is, […]


What Will Drive Your Church Next Year?

The Purpose Driven Church

When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I made the bold assertion that every church is driven by something. That’s still true, and as you prepare to lead your church into another new year, you must decide what will drive your congregation. I can predict with certainty that in the next year, some churches will be driven by […]


Pastors, Your Physical Health Matters Too!

Daniel Plan Book and Cookbook

As pastors, we tend to like to focus on “spiritual” things. But God is the Creator of our physical bodies, and it’s in our physical bodies that we live our spiritual lives out before others. Pastors have a tendency to let our physical health go unchecked, and we have plenty of excuses such as our […]


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