Pick Up Your Mat and Walk!

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Whatever you are holding on to tighter than your faith, I believe Jesus would say, “Pick up your mat and walk!” Trust Him with that in which you currently trust the most. Permit Him to see you through the difficult days of life. Allow Him to carry your burdens, strengthen your walk and brighten your hope for the future. He is still the Miracle Maker, and He can still heal a broken heart.
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Freedom Passes – The New Math of Leadership

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When I was in school I had a love-hate relationship with math. I loved doing math, working to find an answer to a problem, but I hated having to solve it with the teacher’s methods. On tests I would do poorly if the teacher made us “show our work”. I could get the right answers, but using my own systems. I realize the teacher’s need to make sure I wasn’t cheating and that I knew how to think through a process but I wanted to invent my own process. The years I was on the math team and did best were when I had teachers who allowed me the freedom to do it my way.

Successful leaders understand this principle as it relates to organizational success. […] Continue Reading…

The Way a Leader is Expected to Respond – Determines the Response They Receive

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Have you learned a valuable principle about your leadership?

The way others expect you to respond often determines the way they respond.

If they expect you to respond in anger…they’ll dance around an issue, afraid to confront…
If they expect you to respond defensively…they’ll only bring you the proven answers…refusing to take risks…
If they expect you to respond with condemnation…they’ll be tempted to only share part of the story…maybe none at all…
If they expect you to respond negatively…they’ll hold back some of their best ideas…afraid you’ll crush them…

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5 Mature Ways for a Leader to Respond Under Stress

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Every organization and team has times where everyone is stretched, stress abounds, and even times where it seems things are going backwards for a while. It could be a crisis or an exceptionally busy season. It could be internal or external issues causing the stressful times. During these seasons […] Continue Reading…

7 Vital Components Needed for Church Revitalization to be Effective

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It has been four years since I entered church revitalization after two church plants. I had done something similar previously in ministry. My first church after entering vocational ministry needed revitalization.

I fell in love with the energy of starting something new in church planting. At the same time, […] Continue Reading…

7 Words of Encouragement to the Pastor Busted by Perry Noble

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I have a heart for hurting pastors. Several years ago I bought the domain name HurtingPastors.com, but have yet to do anything with it. My schedule hasn’t allowed the time, but my heart for pastors in trouble has continued to grow stronger. Over the years, and in a few different […] Continue Reading…

12 Tweetable Leadership Principles

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Here are 12 random leadership axioms in less than 140 characters each.

Some people will only support change after it’s proven to be a success. They are the same people who will say I told you so if it doesn’t work.
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4 Expectations Which Can Injure a Marriage

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Is your marriage struggling?

I do not at all mean to oversimplify your problems – there is always more to it than what is immediately visible – but, sometimes, in my experience, there may be a problem with expectations.

Expectations are critical for the success of any good relationship – […] Continue Reading…