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Fresh Stories I’ve Bookmarked This Week

You can't lead and pour into others if you aren't taking in a steady diet of life-building content yourself. Here are some stories I've bookmarked lately, some on marriage, others on leadership, and a few on communications and design. Read what you like. 10 Simple Things You Can Do To Improve Your Blog Posts Your Church Staff Needs More Women 12 Ways To Increase Your Leadership Capacity If You Don’t Want to Have An Affair Parenting Pitfalls 5 Essential Do's and …

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Metrics: Balancing Stats and Stories

Church metrics. That's not a very pretty phrase. In fact, for many, it seems cold. If church becomes a numbers game, then people become "just a number," and when people are just a number, we've failed to emulate the ministry of Jesus. But if we fail to count anybody, we allow people to slip through the cracks and therefore fail to emulate the ministry of Jesus. So how do you count people in a way that makes each person count? You balance the stats and the stories. In other …

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Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully

When I was in Bible college, I was taught the same basic sermon preparation methods that thousands of other preachers have learned. It's a linear outline that usually begins with a major proposition, continues with several major points, each supported with explanatory illustrations and then a conclusion that summarizes the truths presented. There's nothing wrong with that approach, but my tendency too often is to rely on what I know. This past Sunday, my wife sat and …

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How to Tell Stories Like Scott Simon

Scott Simon is a journalist with National Public Radio. He's been telling huge stories for most of his career and he's an expert when it comes to phraseology and keeping a conversational tone. Whether you're telling a story in a speech or sermon, or shooting a short video for a Youtube marketing campaign, Scott's advice will take you a long way. Here's the video, then my takeaways... Can't view it? Here's the Youtube Link Pointers for Telling Stories These …

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Baby Sam Takes Over the World

Some stories are timeless, like this one, written by one Ella Grace, my eight-year-old daughter. Enjoy. Once there was a baby named Sam and he had the smelliest diaper in the world. He had decided to that if he distracted his family he could make a run for the White House. So one day he crawled into the living room while carrying a pooperang! He threw it at them and made a run for the stairs. He ran down the stairs and out the front door. But when he got outside there …

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8 Year Old Mary Margaret Tells the Story of Jonah

via youtube.com Wow. She did this in church too, before a live audience. …

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