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Jan 19, 2018
humility, leadership

The Humble Leader

Lifeway Senior Vice President contributes to a new series

Leadership is often very humbling, and leadership is most dangerous when it ceases to be. Here is what I mean: Leadership is humbling because it is extremely challenging. Being a leader can be deeply sanctifying because humbling opportunities abound.

The messiness of life gets ...

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Jan 10, 2018
vision, leadership

Visionary Leadership

President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference contributes to a new series

Leadership is perhaps the most commonly written about subject on planet earth, and yet it is likely the least understood and most difficult skill to master. What’s more, the vast majority of leadership literature is framed in purely secular terms, which not only starves ...

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Dec 29, 2017
conflict, conflict resolution, leadership

Pushing into Places of Conflict for the Good of the Kingdom

Leadership requires a commitment to solving conflict.

There is a big difference between talking with someone and talking about someone. Yet Christian organizations, churches, and families are full of people talking behind each other’s backs. When conflicts arise—and they will—as leaders we frequently skirt around ...

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Dec 21, 2017
leadership, evangelism

Live First, Lead Second

Pastors have a significant impact on the evangelistic temperature of their church.

This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine.

You can’t lead what you don’t live.

As pastors and leaders, a good part of what we teach others should come straight from Scripture. We look to biblical models and mandates to be the launching point to teach those ...

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Dec 19, 2017
leadership, multicultural, multiethnic, diversity

Why and How Multicultural Leadership Strengthens You, Your Team, and the Faith

If you’ve got the right people on your team, anything is possible.
Why and How Multicultural Leadership Strengthens You, Your Team, and the Faith

It was just one year ago when I came on as executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. In that time, we’ve hired six new staff here. Three are from different racial and ethnic backgrounds than I am and an additional two are women.

And diversity is ...

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Dec 14, 2017
RC Sproul, Ligonier, reformed theology

A Letter to the Church from R.C. Sproul (1939-2017), His Theology, and His Work in the Gospel

A faithful servant has entered into the joy of his master.

“We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because he holds tightly to us.” – R. C. Sproul (1939–2017)

Today, a legendary theologian passed into the hands of our heavenly Father. Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon. ...

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Dec 14, 2017
sanctification, holiness

The Sanctification Gap

The call to die is really a call to experience life the way we were meant to.
The Sanctification Gap

There is a gap of action and desire in Christian holiness today. The Christian is called to follow Jesus, become more like Him, and die to self. Most Christians know that God is calling them to live a life of holiness and submission to Christ, yet few actually act on these desires. ...

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Dec 13, 2017
hero, leadership, discipleship, exponential

Young Leaders Embrace the Idea of Hero Making

Young leaders measure success differently.
Young Leaders Embrace the Idea of Hero Making
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“We are looking for 50 church planters who we can help to plant 50 new churches in and around the city of Atlanta.”

These are the aspirations of 36-year-old James Griffin, lead pastor of CrossPoint City Church, who—along with Jason Gerdes of Revolution Church—are ...

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Dec 7, 2017
mental illness, suicide, depression

Is There a Place at the Table for Leaders with Mental Illness? I Think So.

Depression is an illness. Like diabetes.
Is There a Place at the Table for Leaders with Mental Illness? I Think So.
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Pastor Bill Lenz, founder and pastor of Christ the Rock Community Church, took his own life Monday afternoon. Here is what Christ the Rock CC said in a public announcement:

Bill had been suffering from depression for the last three months. He was seeing a counselor and doctor, ...
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Nov 24, 2017
inclusive, leadership, diversity, multi-ethnic

Inclusive Leadership: What We Need to Be Effective Leaders in Today’s Diverse World

Are you close friends with someone who is significantly different?
Inclusive Leadership: What We Need to Be Effective Leaders in Today’s Diverse World
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As a PhD student studying inclusive leadership,* I’m exploring how leaders effectively assemble a diverse team of people and then ensure their different perspectives are included and valued.

I’m curious to know…

  • How can a team of missionaries from different parts of the globe effectively work together to reach others for Christ?
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Nov 22, 2017
leadership, priorities, delegation, efficiency

Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better

Leadership, at its most basic level, involves the leading of people.
Leadership Priorities: Five Thoughts on How We Can Lead Better
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Being a leader is tiring. When I was pastoring in Buffalo in the early 90s, I was responsible for EVERYTHING. You name it, I did it:

Make the bulletins. Check.

Visit the hospitals and sick. Check.

Preach the message. Check.

Lead worship. Check. (I am still apologizing to Jack Hayford ...

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Nov 9, 2017
parent, adoption, biracial

I’m a White Mom of Beautiful ‘Colored’ Boys

As a bi-racial family, how should we raise our children?
I’m a White Mom of Beautiful ‘Colored’ Boys
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I’m white. My son is black.

More accurately, my first born is an olive-toned Native American, and my youngest is black. I’m Slovenian and my husband is Irish. We are both olive. Until our second son was born—the black son—no one ever saw our family as ...

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Nov 2, 2017
autonomy, interdependence, isolationism

The Dark Side of Autonomy

The scope of the mission of God is beyond the capacity of any singular local church
The Dark Side of Autonomy
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Children crave autonomy. Whether they are trying to get dressed in the morning, make something for lunch, or ride a bike around the block. There seems to be something in human nature that causes us to desire to do things for ourselves. For children, this process is normal and ...

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Nov 1, 2017
church life, newcomer, lunch, hospitality

Pastors, Here’s a Novel Idea: Invite Newcomers to Lunch

Include church members that are good at making people feel welcome
Pastors, Here’s a Novel Idea: Invite Newcomers to Lunch
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We’ve all heard the old adage about the revolving church door. People come in and, before we know what happened, they leave, never to return. But what if this didn’t have to be the case? How do we treat those visiting or relatively new to our churches in ways that ...

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Oct 24, 2017
leadership, instinct, experience, tools

5 Things Leaders Need to Give Up

Leading means partnering and partnering means sacrificing.
5 Things Leaders Need to Give Up
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There’s a great saying that good leaders don’t see people as impediments—they seek to make people partners. But to implement this approach to leadership in daily life, we need to realize that partnering with people means sacrificing for them. Drawing from Brad ...

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