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10 Best Practices of Super-Healthy Leaders

10 Best Practices of Super-Healthy Leaders

"Ministry is hard. Isolation makes it harder."
The Highest Compliment Pastors Can Give

The Highest Compliment Pastors Can Give

"The highest compliment a pastor can give is for them to be the one he calls on first."
Should I Be Allowed to Check My Spouse's Phone?

Should I Be Allowed to Check My Spouse’s Phone?

When a spouse is defensive or secretive about his/her phone, it’s usually a symptom of some kind of unhealthy behavior.
Why Every Leader Needs Silence and Solitude

Why Every Leader Needs Silence and Solitude

Here are some practical benefits of practicing silence and solitude and tips for building it into your life.
How Pastors Can Discern Their True Friends

How Pastors Can Discern Their True Friends

Don’t get me wrong; most people in the church are friendly. Most people treat pastors with respect. But it can be hard to find friends among those you’re charged to shepherd.
How Emotion Driven Churches Are Ruining Christians

How Emotion-Driven Churches Are Ruining Christians

"We are more interested in giving people a spiritual buzz than teaching them what true worship is."
The First Step to Being a Great Pastor

The First Step to Being a Great Pastor

"The first step in being a great pastor is to walk with God."
5 Keys for Leaders Who Want Respect

5 Keys for Leaders Who Want Respect

"A popular saying in today’s urban dictionary is “Game recognizes game.”
9 Hopeful Signs for American Churches

9 Hopeful Signs for American Churches

More church leaders are emphasizing prayer. The perfunctory prayer meeting is being replaced with new forms of passionate and concerted prayer.
Is It OK to Have Just an "Ordinary" Church?

Is It OK to Have Just an “Ordinary” Church?

"Here’s the bottom-line: The church is the most important organization on the planet."
7 Ways Leaders Need to be More "Unproductive"

7 Ways Leaders Need to Be More “Unproductive”

"Much of what a leader does can seem unproductive at times—and that is a good thing."
You’ve Been Fired from the Pastorate – What Now?

You’ve Been Fired From the Pastorate—What Now?

I’m at that point in my ministry where I feel like I’d rather cut grass for a living than serve Christ as a preacher of His gospel. That’s just not healthy. But that’s where I am.
These 2 Groups in Your Church are Critical But Often Hidden

These 2 Groups in Your Church Are Critical but Often Hidden

"Regardless of the church size, we need to constantly consider how people are plugging into our ministry."
How to Avoid the Copy-Cat Leadership Trap

How to Avoid the Copy-Cat Leadership Trap

"Copy-cat leaders do little more than mimic someone else’s leadership style."
Leading Difficult People

Leading Difficult People

It’s probably true that the most difficult person I lead is me.
Can Men and Women be “Just Friends”?

Can Men and Women Be “Just Friends”?

Do purely "platonic" friendships between women and men exist? Or are they like Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy?
How Many Asks is Too Many?

How Many Asks Is Too Many?

"It’s our responsibility as leaders to encourage people to become part of a Kingdom-sized vision within current culture."
7 Things Every Leader Should Banish Starting Today

7 Things Every Leader Should Banish Starting Today

I’ve found that as I’ve grown as a leader, I’ve regularly had to change how I think, how I lead and even what I say.
Breaking News: Preachers, You are Not the Story

Breaking News: Preachers, You Are Not the Story

"People should not leave the sermon having learned more about the preacher than Christ."
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