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Books: People-Pleasing Pastors

Charles Stone has that rare gift of knowing and speaking directly to the heart of today’s shepherd-leader about the one big leadership issue we all have but rarely admit – our tendency to want to be liked. He cuts through the fluff and helps us recognize our tendency to be people pleasers and gives us a practical way back to strong, authentic leadership. Churches will be far healthier whose Pastors and leaders read this book! From the Book's Description Pastors and …

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Pastor, If You Could Just Dance…

My friend, Chris Fleury, whom I met at Saddleback Church, posted this video from Belgium's Got Talent. For some reason, when this guy walked out on stage I thought he looked like the typical American Pastor. What he did next was rather atypical. Just watch... then try it Sunday! Disclaimer: If you are non-charismatic, I claim no responsibility for the results... Need help getting started? Learn to break-dance street-style! …

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Don’t Believe the Rumors [Audio]

Pastor, you will always have critics, and you will always have fans. At the end of the day, you need to have the guts to believe neither, but rather to allow your affirmation to flow only from the truth God has declared about you in His Word. …

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Change Your Culture Before Changing Your Structure

If you want to change the trajectory of your church or organization, you need to think about how to create a new culture before you begin creating chaos. I believe that the Pastor of a church is the leader God has chosen as overseer and shepherd of the flock. Nowhere in Scripture, or sheep farming for that matter, do we find sheep setting the agenda either as a whole or in little committees of sheep. It is also true that there has never been a good dictatorial leader …

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There Are No Small Pastors

I just returned from a conference with close to 5,000 attendees, mostly pastors and church planters. The content was incredible and the people who lead it care deeply about the audience. The theme spoke to the soul and the workshops were spot on in terms of practical, helpful advice. In fact, Exponential is probably one of the best conferences I've ever attended and I hope to come back. But like any good conference, there are side effects. Pastors are intriguing creatures …

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The New and Improved Pastors.com

I love Pastors! And I love serving and connecting with Pastors through the greatest website in the web wide world for them - Pastors.com. In January of 2010, I was taken aback by a phone call from David Chrzan, Chief of Staff at Saddleback Church in southern California. We talked for an hour about blogging, online publishing, pastoral ministry, Wordpress, and many other related topics. Then he invited me to attend Radicalis, Saddleback's leadership conference, and I gladly …

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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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Pastors.com… It’s Alive. It’s ALIVE!!!

Well, the new design is live, anyway. I'm working frantically on the editorial calendar. And we're happily accepting contributions from writers. I'm super excited! It looks sweet. Now it's a matter of re-vamping the rest of the site to offer elearning, a forum, and curation of some great content from the pastoral blogosphere. I'd love your feedback on the new look and feel! (And let me clarify - I didn't DO the design or development - I'm the content and community guy. We …

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