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October 18, 2018
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Four Things That Shouldn’t Drive Church Growth

Article shared with permission from Carey Nieuwhof. Something’s driving your church.  There are a variety of things that drive a church…the challenge for many church leaders is no one is really quite clear on what that is. What drives your church is critical because it impacts everything you do. Ultimately, it directly impacts both your health and your growth as a congregation. As I talk to leaders of churches of all sizes, I find different factors at work. As much as we’d all love to say Jesus runs the church, the reality is that church is a partnership. God seems to delight […]
October 16, 2018
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On Wearing Masks In Ministry

This article appeared originally on Claire Muster’s blog. I have been in Christian ministry for 25 years. And in common with practically everyone else alive, I have worn masks. Not literally, of course. At times, a mask has been the means of self-preservation, at others a ministry preserver – and even an act of generosity and service. In other words, masks can and should have their place. To some extent. But they are also detrimental to psychological wellbeing and community life. They conceal rather than reveal. They can do even more damage to the wearer than they do to those who only encounter […]
October 11, 2018
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The Art of Giving Tough Feedback In The Church

Reposted with kind permission from the Breeze Church ChMS . By Aaron Buer I don’t know about you but I’ve found that one of the most challenging aspects of leadership is giving feedback. And I don’t mean, “Hey nice job on that presentation!” I’m talking about, “Hey, did you notice that everyone was sleeping during your presentation? Let’s talk about that.” I used to hate conversations like this because I’m naturally a people pleaser. But, over time and through a lot of bumps in the road, I’ve grown to appreciate these conversations because I know there is incredible value in helping people see their blind spots […]
September 20, 2018
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Five Gauges For Staying Healthy In Ministry

Reposted with kind permission from Breeze. It seems like every other week that a prominent Christian leader quits, is fired or lands in the news because of some sort of scandal. I don’t know about you, but I find these stories demoralizing because each story tarnishes the reputation of Jesus and His Church in our culture. These stories are also scary because I find myself thinking, Can anyone do this? Can anyone lead in the spotlight without failing? The truth is that hundreds, probably thousands, of church leaders and pastors serve and lead faithfully for years, even decades without a major failing. […]
September 18, 2018
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Free Online Courses from Our Daily Bread Christian University

Watch and then read: our interview with Evan Morgan, president of Our Daily Bread Christian University (ODBCU), to learn more about the many opportunities available through this online school and then peruse their course offerings shared on our GProLearning site today. Access courses here via our Learning Paths on GProLearning: Interview below: How is Our Daily Bread connected with ChristianUniversity.org? Our ministry was founded in February 1998 as a subsidiary of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in the USA, with the mission of reaching students worldwide with affordable and accessible Christian learning opportunities. We became a subsidiary of […]
September 18, 2018
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Encouraging a Hunger for God

Shared with kind permission from author Barry Voss “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 There is an old saying that “you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink.” It means that if a horse is not thirsty he likely will not drink, even if you place some water before him.  The same can be said of our relationship to God.  We can be led to God, but unless we desire Him we will have no interest. So it is important for us to develop a hunger for […]