Surviving Ministry

How can we have a long and fruitful ministry, not just one where we survive? There are 20,000 pastors that resign from their churches every year for lots of reasons. That is somewhere between 1500 and 1800 pastors who are stepping down from their ministry assignment. 80% of seminary graduates are not in ministry five years after graduation. The call to ministry is certainly a “Dangerous Calling,” as David Paul…

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Hiring Staff

John Hamm writes in “Unusually Excellent, “A key part of every leader’s job is building and leading teams. The first part of building a team is to get the best possible people on the team. There is no substitute for talent! Hiring great people is arguably the highest-leverage activity that leaders undertake, and many successful leaders spend half their time engaged in issues related to talent and team.” The best…

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Praying for Pastors

The statistics are not pretty! I could not read Paul David Tripp’s book, “Dangerous Calling,” without wondering why anyone would want to become a pastor, which is why the calling of God is essential.  It is not for the faint at heart.  The book has wonderful suggestions for breathing health back into vocational ministry, while it highlights scary facts of the current condition of the church (and of pastors) that…

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7 Non-Negotiable Values for Teams I Lead by Ron Edmondson

I cannot say it any better, so I’m posting this great blog by Pastor Ron Edmondson – 7/17/14, 4:52 AM – I think this resonates with leaders of any organization, not just the church. Leader, What do you look for when you bring a person on to your team? What expectations do you have for people who serve on your team? I think it’s important to know yourself well enough…

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Insanely Simple?

There is no indication that Steve Jobs knew Jesus. His passion was to take complex computers and make them accessible, so simply, that anyone and everyone could benefit. The book “Insanely Simple” has been a fascinating read to me, to see that he was not a people pleaser, but was a man on a mission. He didn’t just do surveys to see what people wanted, he was way out in…

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