Church Leadership

The Art of Asking the Right Questions (Especially During Times of Crisis)


What do God’s people do when faced with challenges like a worldwide pandemic or civil unrest? We always have a choice: immediately seek solutions or turn to God. Of course, this is not a binary choice—we can do both—but it’s vital for God’s church that we “seek first” to place our trust in him. The coronavirus and its effects are …

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Church Leadership

MLK: ‘What Kind of Extremists Will We Be?’


“If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.”  Dr. Martin Luther King wrote these …

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Discipling

Make More Disciples by Making Less


As a small group leader, how many people do you think you can effectively lead, shepherd, and disciple? Eight? Ten? Twelve? Twenty? Let me ask this question another way: If you are to bear much fruit, fruit that will last . . . if you are to see true transformation of people’s lives . . . if you are to …

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Church Leadership

Every Decision Point Is an Opportunity to Grow (and a Possibility for Pain)


Why do some churches grow and multiply, some plateau, and others decline?  It’s a question I’ve considered for a long time, and my experience as well as everything I read and study and all the people I talk to reinforce my theory that growing churches do certain things and have a particular mind-set largely absent in stagnant and declining churches. …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow

Step #1 in Becoming a Great Leader: Gut-Level Honesty


Step #1 in Becoming a GREAT Leader

The World’s Greatest Small Group Leader is a perfect model for us. Jesus’ priority was his relationship with his Father. He said and did and taught nothing on his own, but only what his Father gave him. Henri Nouwen once pointed out that Jesus spent about 50 percent of his time in solitude with the Father, about 40 percent building …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Spiritual Life

‘Where Are You?’


"Where Are You?"

“Where are you?” The obvious answer to that question is a physical one … but there’s a much more vital spiritual answer. “Where are you?” is the simple, three-word question God asked Adam (Genesis 3:9) after he and his wife had committed the first sin. The question, while seemingly simple, is deep and full of theological implications. It’s the question …

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Spiritual Life

The Real Truth of the Christmas Story


The Real Truth of the Christmas Story

Apparently, my Nativity scene—and yours—are all wrong. So are many of our favorite Christmas songs. Jesus was probably born on the ground-floor or courtyard of a home, not a barn. The wise men were not present at his birth, and we don’t know for sure there were three of them. Jesus’ birth likely occurred in the spring, not in December. …

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Spiritual Life

How to Experience Real Joy This Christmas (and into the New Year)


How to Experience Real Joy This Christmas and New Year

People talk and sing a lot about joy, especially at this time of year, but as you look around, is there much joy to be found? Most people in the world find joy in sentiment and circumstances and stuff, but the Christian has a different sort of joy—a godly joy. Let’s look at some of the songs of the season …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Ministry Leaders

Leadership: An Extraordinary Lesson from George H.W. Bush


Leadership: An Extraordinary Lesson from President George H.W. Bush

The last five days have provided a rich lesson on leadership. Almost immediately after the passing of George H.W. Bush on Friday, November 30, I started noticing the words being used by people who knew him best to describe him. So I started jotting them down. Here’s my list: dignity, integrity character, humility, goodness, honor, courage, respect, dedicated, friend, kindness, …

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Leader's Heart-Overflow     Spiritual Life

Leadership: Helping People Become Who God Created Them to Be


Leadership: Helping People Become Who God Created Them to Be

God wants us to realize that we are works of art in progress, and we, as leaders—church leaders, small group leaders, teachers, parents, etc.—can envision others with this truth. I am fortunate that several people in my life took the time to help me see beyond my present circumstances to something better. God used to them to transform me into …

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