Dangerous Apathy

Lewis Thomas’s autobiography, The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine Watcher (Viking, 1983), illustrates the danger of knowledge without action, apathy, failing to do something. In the late 1930s, Lewis Thomas was working as a junior resident at a hospital in Boston when a medical case, unique to the this hospital, caught his attention. Complaining of chills and fever, the patient’s blood samples revealed malaria, which was so unexpected in…

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Family Time

We hosted fourteen Christmas Eve services this year. Thousands of people attended these incredible services. The worship was outstanding, the videos spotless and the message was delivered with excellence. Our team functioned on a level I have not seen on a church staff. An army of volunteers were recruited, prepared and coordinated to cover ushering and greeting and ticket collection and a team for security and volunteers were mobilized to…

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A Leadership Lesson Pastors Can Learn from College Football

BY STEVE CATON ON NOVEMBER 15, 2015  I was born in SoCal, but I grew up in Georgia. For that reason and many more, college football is, without question, my favorite spectator sport. The excitement, the atmosphere, and yes, even the controversy, are simply unmatched by any other sport. As we head into the final weeks of the college football season, there’s going to be a lot of debate about…

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Five Church Friction Points

Many churches, large and small, say that they want to be inclusive and practice “hospitality,” which is defined as “love of strangers,” but something gets in the way, and 85 to 90% of churches have plateaued or are in decline. What are the friction points that cause a church to lose momentum, become complacent and lose their passion for reaching out to the unchurched and the de-churched? While Jesus made it clear…

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How Not to Fix the Discipleship Problem in a Church

Love this article by Church Lawless on the world changing task of creating a disciple making, leadership developing pathway in the church… Enjoy. Stan By Chuck Lawless Church revitalization is a big deal today – as it should be. One reason we talk about this topic, though, is the church’s failure to produce disciples. When the church fails to disciple, the result is baby believers who never grow (even though they…

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THE #1 LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TOOL HANDS DOWN

I believe that Jesus modeled a “relational leadership development” process. Yet we regularly default to a classroom or a content based leadership development environment. Jesus didn’t set up classrooms and develop standardized tests with homework and assignments to read at home. He said, come be “with,” me… Jesus modeled the kind of life he wanted them to live. He walked with them and taught them by way of life. He…

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Eight traits of outstanding church staff members.

Teamwork makes the dreamwork? There is an African proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Intrinsically we believe that “we is better than me.” I like to say that teamwork is not a virtue. It is a choice—and a strategic one. That means leaders who choose to operate as a real team willingly accept the work and the…

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Enduring

Samuel Chand writes, “Do you want to be a better leader? Raise the threshold of your pain. Do you want your church to grow? Do you want your business to reach higher goals? Reluctance to face pain is your greatest limitation. There is no growth without change, no change without loss, and no loss without pain. You’ll grow only to the threshold of your pain.” Chand, Samuel (2015-04-07). Leadership Pain:…

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Find and Follow

I love our church! We are unashamed of our commitment to help people find and follow Jesus. Our church provides a banquet of spiritual insights, leading people to a vital relationship with Jesus. Every Sunday the worship experience is prepared and executed with excellence. Our church has been so effective in preaching the good news that our growth in numbers has been exponential. The rapid growth has caused many stresses,…

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A Plea to Christian Men

Must read for all Christian men… The following is from Randy Alcorn’s blog with a challenge for all men to step up and deal with sexual sin… To God be the glory, Pastor Stan By Randy Alcorn | September 4, 2015 One of my favorite bloggers is Tim Challies. Tim offers great insights and links to many interesting and free resources, and often recommends great books. Recently, in the wake of yet another Christian leader…

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Friendly Fire

Our lives are a collection of decisions. Often we learn to make better decisions, by learning from our bad decisions. Even indecisiveness becomes decisiveness, because “not to decide is to decide.” I’ve been learning that it is not so much what happens to us, but what happens in us that counts. What do I do when I am faced with unfair criticism and opposition? What do I decide to do…

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A Wide Door…

I’ve been on the job for forty-five days, serving with a wonderfully talented staff, who are making an incredible impact on the community through many and varied acts of kindness. We recently donated more than 2,000 backpacks to needy families, and before that we hosted a dinner and dance for 140 Special Olympic athletes from the Philippines, Malawi, Faroe Islands and El Salvador who were participating in the International Special…

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The Advantage

Written by Patrick Lincioni after three decades of working with organizations, businesses and churches, he has drawn some insightful conclusions about practices and habits that lead to healthy organizations. You will benefit from this video to a far greater degree if you read the book and use this video as a refresher or tool for conversation with your team. It’s only ten minutes, so check it out and let me know what…

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How to Bless the Right Way

Who doesn’t want to be a blessing? However, giving a “God-honoring” blessing involves much more than saying “bless you” when someone sneezes. It consists of the ability to “bless those who curse…”. Say what? Huh? Yeah, there is more to blessing others than condescendingly saying, “bless his poor little heart,” or even giving the obligatory salutation at the close a letter… “blessings to you!” There is a much deeper meaning…

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Leading Through Influence

At the most basic level, leadership is influence. All of us are leading… someone. You might be the CEO of a company, the CEO of your family, the CEO of your neighborhood or Home Owners Association or simply the CEO of your one and only life. The real question becomes, “how am I leading?” Am I living a life that is worth following? Am I providing a positive influence for those…

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Brian Williams and the Way We Communicate in Our Churches

In the following blog, Rich Birch from the very helpful “Un-Seminary” podcast, highlights lessons we can all learn from the fall of Brian Williams. Stan   Brian Williams seems like a good guy. He’s been married for almost 30 years … consistently reported news to the American public for NBC News for almost as long … gosh, the guy even won “Father of the Year”! [ref] Over the last six…

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