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Seven Reasons Pastors Ought to Get Together

Pastors Gathering at the Iron Sharpens Iron Conference, 2011

Today I had the privilege of joining in with a local Pastors' gathering hosted by Christ Church of the Valley and Shepherd of the Hills Church. I led a roundtable discussion on the topic, The Internal Battles of Even the Best Pastors. One of the issues we talked about was …

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Influence Is Great, But To What End?

I like the word "influence" as you probably do too. I want more of it. It's why Christians are left on earth after being saved and not drafted instantly into heave - so we can influence others to follow Christ. But I see a trend within our culture of downsizing the value of …

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Get Ready for Radicalis 2011

Radicalis 2011

Get ready. I'm going to be posting about Radicalis 2011 quite a bit between now and February. Why? Because It's an Awesome Conference for Pastors and Staff Teams It's like 14 conferences rolled into one, with plenary sessions and inspirational speakers. Our guests will …

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You Can Lead by Fear or Lead by Love


One of my favorite spots to hang out on the weekends is the green room, backstage at Saddleback. It's not just that some kind volunteers stock it with hot Thai food, it's the conversations that happen there. I learn about leadership by listening to other leaders. This past …

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Check Your Blind Spots

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I've recently been introduced to the video library of The Soderquist Center, a leadership training institution formed in the legacy of retired Walmart Executive Don Soderquist. I caught this one today, a short skit illustrating the problem with our leadership blind …

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When There Is No Competition

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As we get ready to launch the new (which is a few weeks away), I'm learning both the pro's and con's of not having much competition. Don't misunderstand, there are quite a few helpful websites for Pastors available, such …

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Lessons On Community from Huntington Beach

A Community at Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach represents authentic southern California beach culture. You've got bodybuilders working out on the sand, skateboards and bikes covering the boardwalk, and street performers driving nails up their noses for tip money. My family and I visited there yesterday with …

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