Church Staff
Charles Stone

7 Pitfalls Pastors Make in a New Church Job

Getting a new church job can be scary. And pastors often overlook pitfalls in those new jobs. In this post, adapted from my newest book on on-boarding for pastors, I list 7 pitfalls pastors must avoid in a new church job. A quaint story circulated among Methodists describes a young pastor fresh out of seminary

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Ministry
Charles Stone

Which Church Jobs and Ministry Opportunities Best Fit Your Personality?

In this post I’ve asked Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck to share their amazing expertise in ministry and non-profit job placement. They run these two excellent sites that help place pastors and other job seekers into churches and ministries, ChristianCareerCenter.com and ChurchJobsOnline.com. If you are seeking ministry placement, check these sites out. You will also be encouraged with

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Church Growth
Charles Stone

The 3 Kinds of People in Every Church

In Judson Edward’s book, The Leadership Labyrinth, he describes 21 paradoxes in ministry. He defines the ‘relationship paradox’ in this way: the people who like you the most will be the ones you try least to please. He then writes that these three kinds of people fill every church. His insights are quite helpful. The energizers: their very

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Uncategorized
Charles Stone

How Questions Build Christian Leadership

I recently came across a new book that is outstanding. It’s a devotional using powerful questions to walk the reader through the New Testament. It’s written by Dr. Brian J. Wright who serves as a prison chaplain. This book is called Inspired Questions: A Year’s Journey Through the New Testament published by Christian Focus. I

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Leadership
Charles Stone

What Would you Do for $10,000,000? How Leaders Build Integrity

What are you willing to do for $10,000,000? James Patterson and Peter Kim published the book, The Day America Told the Truth in 1991. In their research they posed this question to 2,000 Americans in an anonymous survey. These are the results. Would abandon their entire family (25%) Would abandon their church (25%) Would become prostitutes for a

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Compassion
Charles Stone

What Mac & Cheese Taught me about the Needs of Others

A very successful businessman inadvertently taught me a lesson about paying attention to other people’s needs … with macaroni and cheese. Several years ago I ate breakfast at my favorite diner with one of our church’s key leaders. He owned a flourishing business and gave quite generously to our church. As I enjoyed the blue plate special of eggs,

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Leadership
Charles Stone

Are you a Pastor Stuck on Hurry?

Two experiences several years ago caused me one day to pause not only my body, but my mind as well. So often as a pastor I get stuck on ‘hurry’ mode which makes me miss moments in life God intended that I pay attention to. Here are those two sobering experiences and what I learned.

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Church Growth
Charles Stone

Is this the Holy Grail for Effective Leadership?

The term ‘holy grail’ is often used to describe something highly sought after or earnestly pursued. Whether you are a leader in a ministry environment or a business environment, great leaders are always looking for ways to lead better. But is there such thing as a ‘holy grail’ for effective leadership? Probably not. However, recently

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Church Staff
Charles Stone

What Snorkeling Taught me about Selecting Leaders

Several years ago I spent ten days with my family vacationing in the Bahamas in a condo literally steps from the beach. The snorkeling was dazzling. I saw over two dozen varieties of fish, excluding the nurse sharks, dolphins, and a giant starfish I found. My experience with three specific fish reminded me that we leaders must

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communication
Charles Stone

Have you Overlooked this Key to Communication?

Have you ever heard yourself speak on an audio recording and said, “Wow! I didn’t know I sounded like that?” If you have, you are not alone. It’s a brain thing. We actually can’t hear our voice and tone the way it actually sounds. [That must be why some people with really bad voices think

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