Archives For Leadership

What To Do When You've Lost Your Holy Awe

As followers of Jesus, we are meant to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended for us. We are called to live alert to the wonders all around and within us that expand our desire to know God more.

Yet the focus on the functionality of ministry combined with the increased sense of familiarity can numb us to the marvelous work to which we’ve been called—encouraging people to walk in the fullness of all God has called and created them through Jesus Christ.

Here are a handful of things that can pull us away from living wonderstruck and experiencing the daily splendor of knowing Jesus as we lead:

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4 Powerful Ways to Fight with Joy Today

People fight adversity with many tools. Anger. Sadness. Denial. Frustration.

But my weapon of choice for this fight is joy.

I’ve been trying to fight with laughter and happiness and levity and winsomeness and mirth and gladness and gratefulness. Some days I fare far better than others. But I’m still continuing the fight.

Will you join me? Will you choose to fight with joy no matter your circumstance or adversity?

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30 Ways You Can HEART Your Pastor

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

It's a great time to say "thank you" to anyone and everyone on your church staff, including volunteers.

Here are 30 ways you can show your pastor encouragement, but don't be too shy to express the love to everyone who is working at your church:

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Leading and Loving It (Giveaway + an Interview with @lori_wilhite) @FaithWords

This week I'm giving away THREE copies of Lori Wilhite and Brandi Wilson's new book, Leading and Loving It.

Lori serves alongside her husband, Jud who is the Senior Pastor at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. They love getting to be part of God changing Sin City into Grace City. She is the founder of Leading and Loving It. Lori and Jud have two kids, Emma and Ethan. They also have the world’s cutest bulldog, Roxy. Lori is slightly Jane Austen obsessed and should buy stock in Starbucks since Chai-tea Lattes are a necessity.

Brandi has been a pastor’s wife for 15 years. She’s married to Pete who’s the Senior Pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Cross Point was planted in the fall of 2002 and is a multi-site church. Pete and Brandi have three boys: Jett, Gage, and Brewer. When Brandi isn’t wrangling boys she enjoys reading, hiking, social-networking, and spending time with friends.

I recently had the chance to ask Lori and Brandi a few questions about their new book:  Continue Reading...

4 Moves That Can Make or Break Your Ministry Effectiveness

I recently visited my first chiropractor. A peppy thirtysomething walked in the room and asked, “Are you ready to be adjusted?” with the enthusiasm of a male cheerleader.

To be honest, he scared me a little.

Not willing to back down, I responded, “You bet!” with equal energy.

This stranger, who I never met before, began snapping my neck in strange directions, thrusting his chest into my shoulder as he as announced, “You’re going to hear a popping sound!” and contorted my body in odd shapes resulting in snapping sounds in places in my body I’ve never heard them before.

I walked out of the office, slightly dazed, with an awareness that I really need to work on my posture. Everywhere. I. Go.

The experience made me think about our posture—not just with our shoulders or necks, but in ministry. Sometimes we don’t realize how much our physical posture affects how people respond to us. This is particularly true when leading a small group, church, or ministry.

Here are 4 moves that can make or break your ministry effectiveness:
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