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Seven Reasons Pastors Ought to Get Together

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 the huge need for Pastors to minister to one another. We tend to avoid this because we're busy doing our own thing at our own church. Most Pastors struggle with self-inflicted isolation and we all …

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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 influence. We now assume that if a lot of people follow you on Twitter or if you hit the limit of "friends" on Facebook, you have influence. Really? If a Hollywood celebrity has 5 million followers on a …

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Get Ready for 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 include Pete Wilson, Dave Gibbons, Matt Carter, Shawn Lovejoy, and Steven Furtick. I attended Radicalis 2010 and that's where the conversation began that eventually brought me here to Saddleback to be …

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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 Sunday, I was sitting around with David Chrzan, Dave Greene, and Todd Olthoff, fellow Pastors at the church, and Dave Greene shared a principle I'd never really thought about before. You can lead by …

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Check Your Blind Spots

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 spots... 'LeaderSkilz' - Emotional Intelligence from The Soderquist Center on Vimeo. The problem with blind spots is... we don't see them. That's why they're blind spots. It hurts sometimes to have pointed …

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When There Is No Competition

As we get ready to launch the new Pastors.com (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 as: ChurchLeaders.com Ministry127 SermonCentral.com Crosswalk for Pastors Pooped Pastors (one of my favorites) But most sites for Pastors are either sermon sites, product sites, news sites, or pastors' blogs. Some include sections …

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Lessons On Community from 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 the Krumm's, friends of ours here in Orange County. It was a fascinating taste of local culture for us and in the midst of that experience, I observed some of the markings of genuine community. Note …

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