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How to Cultivate Authenticity In Your Leadership Culture

Be real with people, or be prepared to lose them. It's hard. As Pastor Rick Warren wrote in a recent article, we all fight against three particular fears: the fear that we will be exposed for who we truly are, the fear that we will be rejected, and the fear that we will be hurt again. We overcome those fears by deciding to walk in the light, rest in God's love, and by allowing God to give us a new heart. But knowing that authenticity is absolutely key to connecting with …

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Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

Some churches raise the bar when it comes to recruiting small group leaders. You need to be a member for X amount of time, well versed in the church's doctrinal statement, agree to a lifestyle covenant, etc. The more qualified the leader, the stronger the group will be... or so goes conventional wisdom. But is that really true? My friend Ron Wilbur, one of Saddleback's Small Groups Pastors, once told me I'd probably make a terrible small group leader. It wasn't that he was …

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Ir-rev-rend: Christianity Without the Pretense

Pastor Rick Warren has often said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and an ounce of pretense is worth a pound of manure." Fake faith is a pet peeve of mine, and it is certainly an issue God addresses rather directly in Scripture. I believe God is serious about it because ultimately, Christianity with pretense hurts the reputation of the gospel. So, it's a huge relief when someone comes clean and speaks with brutal honesty about the Christian …

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Scams, Schemes, and Sales Pitches: How to Spot the Differences

The internet is the new land of opportunity, and salesmen, schemers, and scammers know this fact well. Around the net are found some wonderful ways to earn an income as well as plenty of ways to lose your shirt. How does one know what to jump into and what to avoid? …

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You Are Not Who I Think You Are, and Neither Am I

There are two things that will test a person's character more than anything else: criticism and praise. Here's the thing you probably don't know about me. I'm pretty good at being pretty good when things are pretty good. But when the pressure is up, I sometimes fall apart. Ever happen to you? …

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