When Things Speed up, Leaders Should Slow Down (from Church Leaders Intelligence Report)

I recommend Church Leaders Intelligence Report. It’s a great distillation of current news and leadership tips. It’s free. Outreach publishes it and here’s the link where you can get it. http://www.sermoncentral.com/clir_subscribe_capture_email.asp Here’s a sample of what you get (from the Nov. 3 edition) When Things Speed Up, Leaders Should Slow Down Leadership development consultant Brad

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What Most (every?) Pastor Struggles With

This morning in my quiet time I reflected over the past two Sunday services in our church. For some reason attendance was down compared to last year. The flu has hit and I’m sure that accounts for some absences. But, I’ve struggled with discouragement wondering what we could do differently to encourage people to attend.

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What My Prayer for a Dying Man Taught Me

Have you ever been prompted by God to do something, but ignored it? Recently I almost did. Cancer struck the father of my small group leader’s wife last year. He had responded well to treatment until a couple months ago when the cancer began to spread. With little hope that more treatment would help, his

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The Apostle Paul’s Thorn: Prescriptive or Descriptive

This week I led our staff devotions at our staff meeting and shared a thought about one of the Apostle Paul’s experiences. That morning I had re-read 2 Corinthians 12 where Paul describes his vision of heaven and his ensuing ‘thorn in the flesh’ given him by God to protect him from conceit. I’ve read

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Is Your Ministry Drowning You, Part 2

In my last post I listed 8 evidences that I was letting my ministry get the best of me. As I’m trying to get myself back on track, here’s what I’m doing that’s helping. I’m REALLY taking a day off (Do you?) I’m reminding myself that the world (and my church) can get along just

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A Really Smart Guy’s take on McLaren’s Praying during Ramadan

Howard Diehl, one of the smartest guys I know who serves as a missionary in France that our church supports, commented on McLaren’s praying during Ramadan. I thought his comments to be very insightful. Hi Charles: Here is an article by McLaren on why he was doing it. http://www.brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/ramadan-2009-part-1-whats-going.html There were quite a few Christians

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Leadership Paradox #2: Spontaneity or Planned

A couple days ago I suggested a leadership paradox leaders face: trust God or trust others? Although both Ezra and Nehemiah were both men who trusted God, each took a different route in a leadership decision. Similarly, leaders face another paradox. Do I act upon the Spirit’s promptings to make a decision or should I

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What I Learned from a Sour Leadership Meeting about Planning

Every year our staff takes an overnite retreat in September to map out plans for the next year. Our process is relatively simple. The elders determine the 2-3 broad objectives for the coming year. Then we translate these into strategies and then involve our ministry teams in developing the tactics. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

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Incredible Quote From Ravi Zacharias

Heard this on a recent Ravi podcast. Incredible. “Jesus Christ continually contradicts us in the way we experience ourselves as alive…. and compels us to radically redefine what we mean by life. He encountered us the way we encountered the disciples on easter sunday. They were the ones marked out for death. Those who survived

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Leadership
Charles Stone

5 Tips for a Personal Planning Retreat

My undergrad degree is industrial engineering. So, planning is second nature for me. As a busy pastor, I’ve found that I can never get adequate long-term planning done unless I carve out regular extended times away, by myself, away from the office. Here are a few tips I suggest. Schedule 3-4 personal planning times each

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