Dealing With Negativity In the Church

Jesus taught His disciples how to build the church. The chief goal would be to love people no one else loved, even when they were not very lovely. We have tried to plant a church with that philosophy. Along the way we have discovered what Jesus learned in working with religious leaders in His day. (See Matthew 16:5-12) When you reach genuine hurting people, the complainers will rise up, mostly among the most religious of people, and when these type people talk, their negative energy (yeast) spreads fast. [...] Continue Reading…

Getting Honest With Jesus

I have been told that the stern is the strongest part of the boat. The Creator of the universe was asleep there. The One who was there when the waters were parted and Moses led the people through on dry ground had His head on a cushion. The One who walked with three guys in the fiery furnace, in all of His current humanity had decided He needed some rest. The disciples apparently lost sight of the fact that, Jesus was not only human, and He was also fully God. [...] Continue Reading…

Relationship-Based Verses Program-Based Ministry

If done well, I believe relationship-based ministry has a better potential to enhance real life change. I realize my program-based ministry friends would say that their programs have the same intent as our relationship-based ministry and I agree. I also realize our relationship-based ministry relies on a certain amount of programs to administer relationship development, but the major difference is the shift in primary focus from developing and managing programs to developing and encouraging relationships. [...] Continue Reading…

The Opportunities From The Fall of Pastor Gary Lamb

I am especially bummed by some of the comments and views I am reading on other posts about this issue. Some people have decided that Pastor Lamb’s situation provides an opportunity to bash him. (For an example, read the comments on Monday Morning Insight’s post about this issue.) While this is well meaning for the most part, I frankly feel that when a situation like this occurs and gets such public attention that it provides opportunities we did not previously have to do something positive for the Kingdom. [...] Continue Reading…

Setting Yourself Apart As a Leader

Several wrote that a young leader should “leave his ego at home” or something similar. I agree with that too, but I think the issue here is more of the motivation of a person’s heart, not in their objective. There is nothing is wrong with a person wanting to grow in their leadership and influence, provided their motivation is for good and God’s glory, not their own. I do not think there is anything wrong with a young leader desiring to improve his or her skills as a leader or in their desire to become the best leader he or she can be. In fact, I would encourage it. We approve of this ideology in other fields, such as the area of sports, so why not in the area of leadership? [...] Continue Reading…

Jesus Wants To Take Us To The Other Side

Over the next several days of posts I want to walk through a Scripture that has shaped my life over the years. I preached on this passage recently. You can listen or watch that message HERE. I intend to walk through this familiar passage verse by verse and share my thoughts along the way. Feel free to add your own as we learn together. [...] Continue Reading…

Baddest Boss Qualifier?

Leaders, here’s my advice. If you have a problem with the overall direction of a team member’s activities, tell them early in the project. If you suspect a team member is not a good fit for the team, do not pretend they are until they have unknowingly settled into the position. Consistent and constructive feedback is critical to a healthy team. [...] Continue Reading…