Saturday, 02 January 2016 18:35

Are You a Pastor Stuck on Hurry?

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Editor’s note: As we enter 2016, we need to pause for the teachable moments God has in store for us.

Written by  Charles Stone (reprinted with permission)

Two experiences several years ago on the same day caused me to pause not only my body, but my mind as well. Too often as a pastor I get stuck on “hurry” mode. This makes me miss moments in life that God intended that I pay attention to. Here are those two sobering experiences and what I learned.

Sunday, 27 December 2015 17:05

A Difficult Pastorate Shapes and Sanctifies

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 Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 7

Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles are interspersed with other articles of interest.
In his book, “Surviving a Difficult Pastorate,” Chris Bonts points out that every church is a difficult church. When I read that statement I silently said, “Amen!”
Churches are difficult for many reasons. The reasons include, but are not limited to, spiritual warfare, pastoral demands, tradition, expectations and conflict. “Surviving a Difficult Pastorate” is a good read filled with helpful insights. However, the book is worth the cost even if you only read Chapter Two “Keep a Sanctified Perspective.”
When we face difficulty, God has the goal to continue His work of sanctification in our lives. When I read that statement I no longer liked Bonts. LOL!
Friday, 18 December 2015 16:29

Giving is a Joy

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Do you remember a time when a gift you gave lit up the face of a child or someone special? During the holiday season we are given the opportunity to repeat this action a number of times. As a believer it is my prayer that I would always remember the joy of giving.

Friday, 11 December 2015 09:42

Balancing Strengths and Weaknesses

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Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 6

Editor’s Note: We are sharing a 10-part series entitled, “Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary.” These articles are interspersed with other articles of interest.

In a recent conversation I was asked to identify my greatest strength. I answered that I am a people person. I love being with and around people. In the same conversation I was asked to identify my greatness weakness. I said, “I am a people person.” These answers seem like double talk, but that’s not the case. I recognize that a strength can become a weakness when it is not managed properly. In my opinion a strength can become a weakness turned inside out. For instance, a people person can become a people pleaser. Thus, balancing strengths and weaknesses is an important skill.

Friday, 04 December 2015 09:45

The Danger of Problem Solving

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Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Seminary – Part 5

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 a problem solver? Most pastors find themselves in this role. It goes with the terrain. The bad news is that problem solving has its pros and cons. WE are often tempted to jump in, solve the problem and move on as quickly as possible.

Saturday, 28 November 2015 08:35

We Are Thankful for You

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Have you heard any positive words lately? I use this question because, unfortunately, ministers often hear more negative than positive words. These negative words come from numerous sources. First, there are the negative, condemning words that sometimes flow from our own hearts.

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

Misunderstood!

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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.

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