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All Leaders and Teams Would Benefit from Leading from the Heart


Leading from the Heart Covers

People still ask me questions about my book, Leading from the Heart, which I wrote 20 years ago. The subtitle, “A small group leader’s guide to a passionate ministry,” defines my original intended audience, small group leaders, plus the coaches and pastors who work with them. Like several of my other books, the audience really includes a much larger category …

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THE PANDEMIC’S LEADERSHIP LESSONS


The Pandemic's Leadership Lessons

The following is an excerpt from my October 2020 Letter from the Editor in Christian Standard magazine. Great leaders have a blend of humility—they know that they don’t know everything—and a curiosity to discover answers. They are constantly learning from a variety of sources, beginning with God’s Word, but also through books, mentors, failures, crises, and personal struggles, to name …

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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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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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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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