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Leadership that Matters Is All About Conviction

Just two quotes that grabbed me, from Al Mohler's book The Conviction to Lead: Congregations and Christian institutions need effective leaders who are authentically Christian - whose leadership flows out of their Christian commitment. Wherever Christian leaders serve, in the church or in the secular world, their leadership should be driven by distinctively Christian conviction... If our leaders are not passionately driven by the right beliefs, we are headed for disaster. At …

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The Abiding Church: Calling Church Leaders Back to Jesus

When I first moved back to northwest Arkansas to plant a church, not everyone understood. Even quite a few church leaders wondered why the neighborhood needed another church. But Nate Sweeney embraced us and has encouraged us all along the way. I so appreciate his ministry in northwest Arkansas, and I'm excited about the release of his first book, The Abiding Church. Nate Sweeney has walked through a plethora of leadership issues in his young life, transitioning a church …

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What Happens When I Fail to Delegate

Always in the back of my mind is this thought, "Don't be the factor holding back the growth of Grace Hills Church." I believe in John Maxwell's Law of the Lid. So if my leadership is sub-par, and I'm supposed to be at the head of the pack, where does that leave other leaders for whom I am responsible? I need to be keenly aware of my blindspots, which means allowing other leaders, especially my wife, to look and speak into my life. I have some leadership flaws I'm working …

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If You’re a Pastor or Church Leader, You Must Read IT

It is a really great book! It is all about "how churches and leaders can get it and keep it." What is it? Though Craig Groeschel never really defines it, he does offer this clarifying list: It is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people: - Passion for his presence - A deep craving to reach the lost - Sincere integrity - Spirit-filled faith - Down-to-earth humility - Brokenness There are a few books I've read in the last decade …

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You Need to Know Steven Fogg

I'm reviving an old practice of using Friday's to point out leaders I believe you should be learning from. Today, I want to point you to Steven Fogg. Steven and I had communicated for a couple of years over the web about design, communication, and even some theology. I finally had the privilege of meeting him face-to-face at a conference in southern California where we ate lunch together. He's British and lives in Australia, so one of my favorite and unforgettable moments …

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Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

"Preaching it" is easier than living it. This creates significant problems when our speaking talent outweighs our personal character. Therefore, it is imperative that we, as shepherds, shepherd ourselves - that we hear the Word, do the Word, and preach to ourselves first. That's why I love Joe Thorn's book Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Re: Lit Books). We often buy books to help us prepare sermons. You should buy this book to help prepare yourself. …

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20 Questions for a Potential Church Planter

As we prepare for the planting of Grace Hills, we're praying for God to bring together an entire team of people who feel called together for the purpose of seeing a new church born. A few will be seasoned believers with various gifts and abilities to contribute to this new community. As we hear from people who are interested in being a part of things, we're asking them to pray about whether God has called them, shaped them, and prepared them for this task. Today, I …

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You Need to Know Mark Howell

I once had a tradition of telling you whom you should know - leaders from whom I'm learning - and I'm reviving that practice today by recommending Mark Howell. Mark is one of our Pastors.com community contributors and I asked him to become one on the basis of his practical and helpful insights, plus a good recommendation from a few of our Small Groups Pastors at Saddleback. I'm paying close attention to what Mark is writing and doing because I'm about to launch a church …

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You Need to Know Danny Brown (@dannybrown)

There is plenty of talk about "authenticity" in social media leadership circles, but few people represent it the way Danny Brown does. I've been a student at his feet from a bit of a distance. We've never met or talked on the phone, but I read pretty much everything he writes and I hear what others say about him. He's held in high esteem in the marketing community and is responsible for the creation of the 12for12 Challenge and you can read up on all the charities …

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You Need to Know David Chrzan (@dchrzan)

I was minding my own business one day in January of this year when I received a brief email from one David Chrzan (pronounced Shawn) who called himself "Chief of Staff" at Saddleback Church. Three weeks later, I was sitting in a roundtable discussion with him and some magazine Editors about social media and online publishing. We began talking about Pastors.com and the potential for utilizing the social web to minister to today's church leaders and now I work on the team …

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