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[23 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 449 views]

ImaginationStage– This is the fun stage where you get to think outside the box and dream about possibilities.  Typically you’re focused on solving a problem that is close to your heart and praying through ways God wants to use you to make a difference.
Preparation Stage – This is the hard work of putting together the timelines, budget, priorities and goals of the vision.   Vision is seeing tomorrows possibilities today, but it’s not enough just to see it, you have to  design a blueprint in order to minimize frustrations along the …

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[21 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 108 views]

Nehemiah 13:3 – 14 “Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude. 4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah: 5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, …

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[14 Mar 2011 | No Comment | 103 views]

Do you let the facts get in the way of a good story? (Jay’s note for preacher-leaders: Do you let a good story get in the way of the facts?)
What do you do with people who disagree with you… do you call them names in order to shut them down?
Are you open to multiple points of view or you demand compliance and uniformity? [Bonus: Are you willing to walk away from a project or customer or employee who has values that don’t match yours?]
Is it okay if someone else gets …

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[7 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 389 views]

#1 – Would I attend this church if I were not on staff?
If the answer is “no” then you should resign…immediately. God hasn’t called people in the ministry to work with a half hearted effort…and if you don’t believe in the vision/mission of your church enough to say that you would be there if they were not paying you then I am afraid your hearts isn’t there anyway.
#2 – Would I volunteer in the area I am working in if I were not on staff?
This question speaks …

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[2 Feb 2011 | No Comment | 92 views]

Leaders often find themselves stretched and overcommitted due to a desire to see progress. When asked to do, help, or perform, the passionate leader feels obligated to always say, “Yes”. However, there are times when the correct answer is, “No”… Sometimes, it’s just a bad idea. Sometimes it’s a good cause, but committing oneself would cost too much time or effort, or sacrifice the effectiveness of something else. Sometimes it simply doesn’t fit your mission. The reality is, it’s very hard for leaders to say No. Michael Hyatt has some …

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[31 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 281 views]

You have to decide to be good at what you do. Once you have made the decision to do so, Super-Competent by productivity expert Laura Stack, provides the method. Laura has identified six key attitudes or mindsets of people she says are ‘super competent’. that make up the Super Competent person:
Key 1: Activity. They are driven by intense focus on priorities and have a clear sense of direction.
Action: You need to determine what you should be working on.
Key 2: Availability. They control their schedules.
Action: You need to …

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[21 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 497 views]

Speaking from my limited view, I feel like so much of the problem with pastors is they are just scared to death. They’re scared of their people, they’re scared of deacons, they’re scared, they’re scared, they’re scared. You know, if you’re scared of someone you can’t lead them; you can hardly even influence them. Here’s the pastor who’s been hired ? I tell our business guys all the time, “You’d never go to work for an organization where the customers can hire and fire the president of the company they …

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[14 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,053 views]

Mark Batterson gives his list of staff expectations recently at his Evotional Blog.
1) I expect loyalty. I’ve got your back and you’ve got my back.
2) I expect you to be growing spiritually. This is my primary concern. It is so easy for those of us in full-time ministry to seek God for others instead of seeking God for ourselves. We’ve got to do ministry out of the overflow of what God is doing in our lives!
3) I expect a positive attitude. Attitude really is everything. And I’ve learned that how …

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[7 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 261 views]

Professor Grant Horner  was flown to 3-day interview/grilling process at Master’s College. At the end of the interview he was ushered in to Dr. MacArthur’s private study, where he was asked one question: “Can I see your Bible?”
Horner thought he would be horrified, because it looked like it had been through a typhoon — unloved and neglected.  That old Scofield was literally read to tatters by then — covers absolutely gone, spine vanished away, glue-backing visible and all curled up, stitching coming apart, the prefatory material destroyed all the way …

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[10 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 344 views]

Traditional ministry is action based. It follows the following progression:

Action (starts with deciding what you want to do)
Program (developing a program to accomplish the same)
Mission (adapting that to your mission)
Vision (basing your vision on your program’s potential)
Formation (praying for God to bless what you have done)

Passion-based ministry is God based. It follows the following progression:

Formation (starts with relationship with God until He births in you what He wants you to do)
Vision (basing your vision on what God says it is)
Mission (your purpose in fulfilling God’s vision)
Ministry (replaces programs)
Action (all about …