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April 19, 2018
global

Ramesh Richard and Global Pastoral Training

Podcast interview with J.D. Payne and Dr. Ramesh Richard aired originally on “Strike the Match,”  Missiologically Thinking, reposted with generous permission by the same.  “Church multiplication strategies must include pastoral training. Though some people believe pastoral training gets in the way of making disciples and planting churches, the bible advocates otherwise. “After church planting, what?” asks my guest, Dr. Ramesh Richard. In this episode, we discuss the importance of pastoral training throughout the world. We address the global conversation related to this topic and both formal and non-formal training. Equipping pastors to equip the saints for the work of the ministry […]
April 17, 2018

National GPA: Central African Republic

We are excited to announce that a National Global Proclamation Academy (National GPA) is taking place in the Central African Republic, August 9th through the 18th in 2018.  To be considered, pastors must be 38 years of age or younger, fluent in the native language, the main pastor of their congregation, and have a vision for pastoral training and multiplication. If this describes you, then we would like to invite you to apply to attend this training. Likewise, we encourage you to recommend any pastors that fit this description for the upcoming National Global Proclamation Academy. The History: From 2011 to 2016, RREACH sponsored 49 National GPAs, […]
April 12, 2018
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Are You Fully Recognizing Your Realities?

EXCERPT SHARED WITH PERMISSION FROM “ACHIEVE WITH ACCOUNTABILITY” CHAPTER THREE BY MIKE EVANS Are you open to perspectives of others? How tightly do you cling, defend, and hold onto only the way you see things? When provided an opposing point of view, is your initial inclination or response to argue for or protect your position? Do you sincerely attempt to see the world through the eyes of the other person? If you only see the world through your own lens, you are setting yourself up to fail. No two people see the world exactly the same. No one person can […]
April 10, 2018
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Empowering Unlikely Leaders

In this episode, Drs. Darrell L. Bock and Gerald McDermott discuss empowering leaders with speech impediments. Timecodes: 00:15 McDermott’s book Famous Stutterers 09:17 Moses’s case of stuttering 16:48 Aristotle’s and Demosthenes’s cases of stuttering 21:58 Joshua Chamberlain’s case of stuttering 24:34 King George’s case of stuttering 28:54 McDermott’s own experience of stuttering 33:55 Cause of and cure for stuttering 40:14 Marilyn Monroe’s and Annie Glenn’s cases of stuttering Darrell Bock: Welcome to The Table, where we discuss issues of God and culture. My name is Darrell Bock, executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary. […]
April 5, 2018
hard

5 Hard Truths About Healthy Church Growth

Reshared with kind permission by the author Carey Nieuwhof. Most church leaders I know would love to see their church grow. Similarly, most leaders I’ve met want their church to grow for what we might call the ‘right’ reasons: they sincerely want more people to encounter the love of Jesus Christ. That’s amazing. And yet there’s a strong reaction against growing churches by many leaders. For some reason, many people love to take pot-shots at growing churches and large churches. Some are categorical denouncements. I don’t know what to do with those. Sometimes I sense that underneath the anger are […]
April 5, 2018

God Nailed It!

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14 As we approach Passion week and the Easter story, it is essential that we take time to consider and reflect on the cross of Jesus and what that truly means. Often in our excitement and joy in the resurrection we quickly move past Good […]
April 3, 2018
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Who Decides What: The Pastor or The Board

Guest post from Aaron Buer. Reposted with kind permission from Breeze. Who gets to decide what in your church? If the person who leads the children’s ministry at your church decides that it’s time to redecorate the kid’s classrooms, who needs to approve the decision? Who needs to approve the money allotted, the paint colors chosen, and the hiring of painters? Speaking of children’s ministry, who evaluates the effectiveness of the children’s ministry? Who is involved in the decision to fire or hire a children’s ministry director? The reason I bring these questions up is because in many churches the boundaries […]
March 27, 2018
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Riptides: When Pastors Play Power Games

Article appeared originally on Evangelicals Now, reposted with generous permission by the same.  You can’t see or even detect them… but that  is precisely why riptides are so lethal. Many an unsuspecting swimmer has been swept out to sea, or perhaps worse, immediately dragged under, by the violent currents beneath the surface. For at the very moment of realising they are in trouble, it’s probably too late. It takes seasoned tide-watchers to alert newcomers to where the dangers lie. Cultural riptides in the West The rapid cultural shifts of recent years can make western Christ-followers feel as vulnerable as swimmers […]
March 22, 2018
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5 Simple Questions Great Leaders Ask

  Great leaders don’t just provide great answers to questions; they also ask great questions. You can learn so much by asking great questions, and this a fantastic habit to develop. As well as helping you to increase your knowledge and understanding, it also makes your teams feel more involved because when you listen to them, it shows that you value their input, all of which increases their commitment and motivation. HERE ARE 5 SIMPLE QUESTIONS THAT GREAT LEADERS ASK: 1.  IS THERE A SIMPLER SOLUTION OR A SIMPLER WAY OF DOING THIS? Many people have a natural tendency to over complicate things, especially when […]
March 15, 2018
Objective

Objective insights: “If I Were a Pastor…”

Church management advisor and trainer, Barry Voss shares his objective insights on the topic of what he advises for those called to pastoral ministry. I have been training pastors and church leaders now for 12 years on leadership and management, focusing on teaching them Biblical principles and giving them practical tools to help them lead & manage their churches more effectively.  I have 25+ years of experience as a leader and manager in business, in church, and in my own ministry, but yet I have never been pastor of a church.  This often makes it very difficult for me to relate […]