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May 23, 2019
capacity

GProCommission Interview with TOPIC: Increasing the Capacity

We all want more pastors to get more and better training. We are all contributing to that effort in some way with the passion, vision and resources God has provided us. We will never meet the need, though, unless we figure out how to work together more and better. Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) does just that—helps pastoral training organizations and local churches intentionally collaborate to train pastors more widely and effectively. We interviewed Al Bridges, TOPIC global facilitator, to learn more. The term “coalition” refers to a goal-driven cooperation between participants who retain their distinctive identities and interests. […]
May 23, 2019
secret

12 Secrets Most Leaders Won’t Tell You

Reshared with kind permission from Carey Nieuwof. Leadership is a journey…a journey that’s probably different than you thought it would be before you stepped into leadership. When I was young, I always thought top leaders had it all figured out. That the uncertainty would one day disappear once I had more life and leadership under my belt. But as you eventually learn, it doesn’t really work that way. In fact, I think most leaders struggle more than they let on. I know personally, at one point or another, I’ve struggled in each of the areas listed below. But, at the […]
May 21, 2019
loneliness

The Weight & Joy of Being a Pastor: Loneliness

reshared with kind permission from Joshua Reich.   If you talk to any pastor or his wife and ask them about friends, more than likely you will get a sad, longing look. Many pastors and their wives are lonely. They have been betrayed, hurt, and left out. As I’ve been sharing the weights and joys (Preaching God’s word every week, You can’t change people, God’s call on your life, Seeing life change, People under you are counting on you, God using you, What God thinks of you and Communicating God’s word) of being a pastor, the loneliness a pastor and his wife experience can be unique to this […]
May 14, 2019
veteran

2 Critical Characteristics of Veteran Pastors

reshared with kind permission from Breeze church.  Recently I found myself in a fascinating conversation with a pastor who is in his 4th decade of ministry and still thriving in his role. How someone survives this long with a heart alive to God and a passion for people and the church is something I’m deeply interested in. I’m guessing you are as well. Two moments in, this conversation shocked me and revealed the character qualities required for such a long and faithful run in ministry. I’m hoping these ideas will be helpful to you. So, here’s what I learned… Cruise […]
May 7, 2019

Ethiopia: Pastors Repent for Incorrectly Preaching the Bible

Nine years ago I was introduced to TNT training. Through a series of remarkable providences God opened a compelling opportunity to partner with two dynamic leaders in Ethiopia. These two men, independent from one another, became deeply burdened by the fact that the vast majority of pastors in their nation do not enjoy access to biblical training. In response to their invitation, I traveled with Doug Dunton of LRI to conduct TNT training with two groups of leaders in Ethiopia. Conditions that day were not pleasant. It was cold and rainy and there was mud and water everywhere. I found […]
May 2, 2019
people

How To Give People In Your Church A Voice

Resharing with kind permission from Breeze Church. One of the most frustrating things about being a part of any organization is finding out about decisions that were made by people above you…that affect you…that you had no voice in. Not cool man! And, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. The reason we find situations like this so frustrating is because we feel like we aren’t being heard. Being heard is important because it communicates value. Also, as someone who makes decisions on a regular basis that affect the people under my care, I’ve come to learn that I […]
April 30, 2019
travel

Traveling with God

I travel on airplanes a lot, mostly internationally, and I usually request a seat with more legroom because I am quite tall and a regular economy seat is just too small for me, especially on longer flights. So I am willing to pay a higher price for a more comfortable seat. Recently I was upgraded to business class (first class on most aircraft nowadays) on a 10 hour flight back to Atlanta from Rome and I felt truly blessed to get a better class of service with even more comfort for such a long flight. My status as a regular […]
April 25, 2019
social media

5 Challenges With Being A Local Pastor (or Leader) in the Age of Social Media

Social media is changing you and me in more profound ways than any of us imagine. Like a growing number of people, I’m increasingly concerned with how addictive tech has become, and am leaning in on the arguments that some like Roger McNamee (who has a fascinating conversation with Sam Harris here) and Tristan Harris make that social is addicting us to outrage and challenging the underpinnings of what we’ve known as civilization. If you’re interested, for a good introduction on how tech is manipulating how you think, check out this article from The Guardian. The problem with technology is that while we’re its parent, we’re […]
April 23, 2019
courage

Leading With Courage and Compassion

   Mikel Del Rosario Welcome to The Table where we discuss issues of God and culture. I’m Mikel Del Rosario, Cultural Engagement Manager at the Hendricks Center. And today our topic is leading with courage and compassion. I have two guests in the studio today. First guest is Dr. Darrell Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament at Dallas Seminary. Welcome, Darrell. Dr. Darrell Bock I’m glad to be here. Mikel Del Rosario Thanks for being one of our expert guests today. Dr. Darrell Bock I’m feeling odd in this chair, but I […]