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You Can Have Growth, Or You Can Have Control

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If Proverbs could have a 32nd chapter of nuggets of wisdom, David Chrzan would write it. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's repetitively dropped advice that has shaped my own philosophy of leadership. For example, in a recent conversation David said, "You can have growth or you …

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10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

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There is a cold, hard fact I remind myself of often as a Pastor. No one does more to determine the spiritual temperature of my church than me, the Pastor. It's part of shepherding. I'm the lid. I'm the limit. I define passion as the heated desire with us to do or to be something. Paul talked about being on …

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A 4-Part Definition of Ministry

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Here it is: Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God. - Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God According to Warren Wiersbe, one of America's long-term leading thinkers on ministry issues, this definition consists of four vital parts. Our …

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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 northwest Arkansas, and I'm excited …

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A Dozen Ways to Kill a Great Idea

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Ever watched a really good idea crash and burn? Me too. Here's some brutal honesty... entire movements have gone down in flames because of boneheaded approaches to good ideas. This isn't to say we can't afford to make mistakes. In fact, the only way to know we're taking risks is to make mistakes. We can't …

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Three Prerequisites to Leading Others Well

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Being loud doesn't make you a leader. Neither does being popular. Leadership is influence, and influence means taking people in a direction they wouldn't otherwise be going - hopefully forward. Ambition isn't enough to qualify you to lead. There is more to the equation. You need to be led before you can …

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Building Rhythm Into the Life of Your Church

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Ministry is a marathon. This is true for church leaders, for volunteers, and for the church body itself. When we drive and push people to sprint all the time, burnout is inevitable. You can grow a large church by constantly creating mountain peak experiences and pushing for the top. But you will create …

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5 Truths About Empowering People to Change the World

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In the Bourne series, the assassins (who are the central characters) are referred to by their controlling agency merely as "assets." Sometimes I fear that within Christian ministry, we fall into the terrible habit of treating people as assets - instruments to help us get ministry done successfully rather than …

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It’s Easier NOT to Lead

Leading Out Front

Leadership is a hot topic with plenty of aspiring and hopeful people clamoring for success in its arena. But the reality is that it's easier NOT to lead. When we aspire to leadership, we envision the good stuff - the people who will look to us for direction, the success of our organization, and the accolades …

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Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

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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 …

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