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How to Become an Overnight Failure

How to Become an Overnight Failure

"If you consider yourself successful, remember that your success is on lease and the rent is due every day."
Before You Hire That Staff Person: 8 Red Flags

Before You Hire That Staff Person: 8 Red Flags

"A red flag doesn’t necessarily mean that a church should stop recruiting a candidate."
7 Habits of Long-Tenured Pastors

7 Habits of Long-Tenured Pastors

They don’t skip a day in prayer and the ministry of the Word.
11 Pains of Being a Pastor

11 Pains of Being a Pastor

"The joys of pastoring are so powerful that I’ll take the risk of these pains any day."
Why Pastors Need Cotton-Candy Sermons

Why Pastors Need Cotton-Candy Sermons

"The phrase “cotton candy preaching” is a derogatory term that implies that sermons lack depth."

What Kind of King: A Powerful Poem for Palm Sunday and Holy Week

This is a poem that I wrote and preached as the Palm/Passion Sunday sermon this past weekend at the Upper Room. A number of people...
3 Terrible Reasons to Preach (+ 3 Great Ones)

3 Terrible Reasons to Preach (+ 3 Great Ones)

"Preachers cannot be seeking personal glory in the pulpit."
5 Foundational Words for All Leaders

5 Foundational Words for All Leaders

"The greatest danger in Christian leadership is to forget God."
3 Responses to God's Manifest Presence

3 Responses to God’s Manifest Presence

When God manifests His presence, everyone in the vicinity becomes aware of His presence. This God-consciousness produces several responses. Here are three major responses seen in Scripture and history.
Fire The Naysayers: 7 Simple Ways To Turn Almost Any Obstacle Into An Opportunity

Fire the Naysayers: 7 Simple Ways to Turn Almost Any Obstacle Into an Opportunity

Every day as a leader, you face obstacles. Sometimes, they seem impossible to scale.
Why Would a Millennial Want to Pastor an Established Church?

Why Would a Millennial Want to Pastor an Established Church?

Over the next 10 years, a lot of established churches will struggle to find a pastor for the next generation.
You Love Ministry More Than God If…

You Love Ministry More Than God If…

"If ministry idolatry has your heart, don’t love ministry less. Love God more."
Do I Look Busy to You?

Do I Look Busy to You?

"Are we distracted or fully present when we’re with other people?"
Eight Unintended Consequences of Building a Church Facility to Big

Eight Unintended Consequences of Building a Church Facility Too Big

The great hope that accompanied the building of the facility becomes a great despair.
Is Spiritual Maturity Impossible?

Is Spiritual Maturity Impossible?

"Without an eternal perspective, it’s nearly impossible to pursue spiritual maturity consistently."
3 Ways to Quickly Build Influence

3 Ways to Quickly Build Influence

"Influence isn’t instant. It takes time."
Pastors: Get Up Early

Pastors: Get Up Early

When you get up earlier each day, you gain time with God.
20 Real Fears Pastors Have Right Now

20 Real Fears Pastors Have Right Now

"Pastors face a unique set of fears."
3 Critical Ways Every Leader Must Spend Their Time

3 Critical Ways Every Leader Must Spend Their Time

"Time is one of the greatest assets of any leader."
7 Reasons Jesus Might be Fired From Your Church

7 Reasons Jesus Might Be Fired From Your Church

No pastor is perfect, but good pastors lose their jobs every day. And it hurts. I’ve experienced it too.
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