Archives For Leadership

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 [Tweet this], 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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Healthy Leader Quiz

Leading others can be one of the most joyful, thrilling experiences in life. But all too often, the delightfulness that can be discovered in guiding others gets lost in the day-to-day demands and deadlines. The demands on leaders today from both organizations and their members can leave those responsible feeling siphoned. Some lead from a place of physical exhaustion. Others serve from a place of emotional emptiness.

Take the following quiz to see if you’re leading from a healthy position: [Tweet this]
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The Secret To Overcoming Your Greatest Fear

Zondervan just released The Organic God in paperback and eBook. Reworking the manuscript gave me an opportunity to reflect on God’s faithfulness and goodness. I thought you might enjoy the following adaptation from the book:

Several years ago, I remember reaching a financial breaking point. Though I was owed a lot by clients, they had fallen behind on their accounts and now I was falling behind on mine. Though I cut back on every expense I could think of, I still didn’t have enough money to pay my bills including the electric bill. Worse, I needed to make a tax payment to the government that couldn’t be delayed.

As the deadline for the taxes approached, I felt the fear and anxiety grip my soul. I began to pray, asking God to provide. For more than 60 days, I walked to the mailbox hoping and praying that a check from a client, any client, would arrive. For more than 60 days, I went home empty-handed. Two days before the deadline, I just couldn’t take it any more.

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