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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 …

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The Abiding Church: Calling Church Leaders Back to Jesus

The Abiding Church

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 …

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What Happens When I Fail to Delegate

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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 …

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

It by Craig Groeschel

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: - …

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You Need to Know Steven Fogg

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 …

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Every Pastor Should Read ‘Note to Self’

Note to Self by Joe Thorn

"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 …

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20 Questions for a Potential Church Planter

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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 …

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You Need to Know Mark Howell

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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