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I wanted to share a quick and hopefully encouraging lesson with you. It starts with this picture.Looks like a pretty nice place, doesn't it?Now, take a look at this next picture.That's a picture of the exact same property. Know what's different?Perspective.Perspective is your mental view or outlook. ...
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Here are 52 things pastors should do.Evaluate your meeting schedule.Get intentional with the time of giving in your services. You plan the music and the message...start planning how you set up the offering.Do something that deepens your own faith.Have friends, not just colleagues.Work on the ...
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When I was planting and pastoring Oak Leaf Church, I think I alienated just as many people as I befriended.  I talked about how I didn't really like people (as a smokescreen for my lack of real relationships).  I justified offending people with aggressively going after unchurched people.I'm not th ...
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This isn't a scientific study, or even results from a poll.  These five things are simple reflections of nearly twenty years in vocational ministry (twelve as a student pastor and six as a church planter/pastor).  In my opinion, here are five common struggles of pastors.Peter Drucker, the late lea ...
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I've said some of these things before, and when I've said them I've been wrong.  But here is a list of six things pastors shouldn't say.1. Pastoring a church is so hard and so different from every other job.It’s time to stop whining about how hard you have it. Publicly discussing the "holy ...
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Christmas is one of the most important times of the year for many churches. There are lots of guests, lots of serving opportunities, and the chance to offer hope to so many in need. That’s why thinking through your Christmas sermon and thinking through your Christmas service is so important.But w ...
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Church planters are usually good at planning services, teaching the Bible and communicating vision.At least, those were my strengths as I stepped out from a dozen years of youth ministry into the world of being a Senior Pastor. I knew how to speak, having spoken to junior high and middle school stud ...
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From now until Tuesday night, you can get 20% off any and every resource on my resource page. Simply enter "twenty" (without the quotes) at checkout, and you'll get the discount. You can use this on any single resources or any combination of resources.Docs and Forms is probably the most downloaded r ...
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On vacation, I stumbled into a used book store and found an old book on counting cards and winning at blackjack. I noticed there was an entire chapter about what makes a good card counting system, so I purchased the book.According to Richard Canefield and BlackJack Your Way to Riches, a good card c ...
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Masking tape was invented by a guy who worked for an auto body paint shop.Post It Notes weren't invented because someone was trying to invent the post it note.Some of the best ideas aren't totally out-of-the box, brand new thoughts, but a combination of two or more ideas. So it's not always a brand ...
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It's Monday.Which means your twitter stream will fill up with tweets from pastors citing something called the holy hangover.What is the holy hangover? It's the Monday-morning feeling of emptiness that comes from preaching your heart out. It's coming down from somewhat of a spiritual rush. It's a rea ...
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It's the Monday before Easter and you work at a church.  What should you do this week to prepare for this coming weekend.  Here are a few ideas on how to maximize the week.1. Prepare for guests.  During a time of welcome, specifically welcome those who are attending your church for the fi ...
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The other day, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend six hours in the Atlanta airport. In between reading magazines and complaining about the wi-fi not being free, I jotted down a few thoughts about the similarities between churches and airports.#1 - It's takes a lot of people to run. Tick ...
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Here are ten questions that would be perfect for a staff meeting, lead team off-site, or personal reflections.What kind of people want to come to our church?What ministries are doing well?What ministries would we not start it we were doing it all again?Who is NOT coming to our church and why?Who are ...
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Part one is here.  And here are two more things pastors should never say.6. I don't need to go to counseling. About a year ago, I started going to counseling. And about a year ago, I started wishing I had gone much, much sooner. As a pastor, I thought it was admitting weakness to go and talk ...
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