Friday, 20 November 2015 10:02

You Cannot Do It By Yourself!

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Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 4

Editor’s Note: For the next few weeks, we are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.

Are you Superman? Do you think you can accomplish everything by yourself? We’ve all fallen into this temptation from time to time. It’s another lesson they don’t teach us in seminary. When we come to the point of saying, “I can’t do it by myself,” it is usually after a period of frustration, overwork and stress. That is when we realize we are not Superman and that we do need support.

Friday, 13 November 2015 09:01


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Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 3

Editor’s Note: For the next several weeks, we are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.)

Have you ever been misunderstood? When Saddleback Church was in her early days, I went to one of their leadership conferences. I had no intention of copying their style, plan or methods. I merely wanted to learn from them. After I made the trip and returned home, several church members accused me of desiring to transform our church into a Saddleback. They misunderstood!

Friday, 06 November 2015 11:47

7 Holes that Can Swallow Ministry

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I have four earned degrees and my toughest by far was an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech. That degree taught me to think systematically. In addition, I’ve added to my competency toolbox many books on church planning and have worked with church consultants at two churches on yearlong visioning processes.

Friday, 30 October 2015 08:42

Don’t Get Yourself In Trouble!

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(Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary - Part 2)

Have you ever gotten yourself in trouble, because of you? There are times when our personality or character, and our management of them, can get us in trouble. Pride, personality, morality, anger and relational issues are just a few examples of things that can land you in hot water. Most seminaries do not offer specific studies to teach you to how to cope with such issues.

Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:35

You Are Unique!

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Editor’s Note: For the next three months we will share a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary,” written by Tim Patrick. These articles will be interspersed with other articles of interest.

Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 1

When I was twenty-one I finished college. At about the same time I submitted to God’s call to ministry. This was an interesting transition. My college training was in agriculture! I must admit, I knew more about agriculture information than the Bible. Seminary offered special training that enabled me to make the transition from agriculture to ministry.

Friday, 16 October 2015 10:23

Recovering from “Ain’t it Awful” Preaching

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 “We preach Christ….God’s power and God’s wisdom” (I Corinthians 1:23-24).

Rick Warren says a lot of what pastors are feeding their people is “ain’t it awful” preaching.

I am so in agreement on that.

Friday, 09 October 2015 08:36

8 Indispensable Qualities Every Leader Needs

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Israel’s second king, King David, poses a question about character in Psalm 15.1, “God, what do you look for in those who draw close to You?” He them summarizes the answer in the first part of verse 2 with the words “blameless” and “righteous.” The NASB version uses the word “integrity” for “blameless.” These eight qualities rise out of this passage.

Friday, 02 October 2015 07:04

The Causes and Cure for Leadership Burnout

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Leadership is tough. Good leaders understand this and manage their lives and leadership demands to avoid burnout. Sometimes, however, even the best leaders get burned out. If you’re now facing it, examine the cause list below to see what factors may be contributing to it. Then, take one proactive step this week from the cures list to take better care of yourself.

Friday, 25 September 2015 09:48

Resurrection Nonsense

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The title of this article seems to represent the thoughts of a liberal thinker. That is not the case! It was Jesus’ apostles who had these thoughts! Yes, Jesus’ handpicked, chosen apostles/disciples. Consider the context. After the resurrection a group of ladies, “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women” reported the empty tomb to Jesus’ disciples. (Luke 24:10) The first response of Jesus’ disciples was that the report was “idle tales” (KJV) or seemed to be “nonsense” (HCSV). In fact, the disciples were unmoved by the report. The Bible tells us they did not believe the report.

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