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[4 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 433 views]

Accountability is essential for any society to function and ministerial accountability is no different. We are all held accountable in one way or another. For example, there are laws to obey and if we fail to be obedient, we may have to suffer the consequences set by the officials who hold us accountable. Accountability is simply being responsible for one’s actions.
In the church, we as ministers are accountable firstly to God and then to our families, congregations, ministerial organization, and even our fields of labor. An important aspect of accountability …

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[15 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 270 views]

Emergent ideology is born of postmodernism and deconstructionism. It is the thought that to truly understand ‘truth’, one must first unlearn and untrain themselves from all that has been previously understood, and begin rebuilding truth piece-by-piece. It is this deconstructing, this dismantling of time-tested Truth, that has destroyed the faith of many, and reduced true conviction and beliefs to coffee-socials and band-worship. In the pursuit to gather the masses, they have collected bodies, but scattered faith. God spoke through Jeremiah and declared, “Woe be to the pastors that destroy and …

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[11 Feb 2009 | No Comment | 306 views]

Success Without a Successor Is Failure!

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[14 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 322 views]

Whenever success is made the motive of service, infidelity to our Lord is the inevitable result…The only way to keep true to God is by a steady persistent refusal to be interested in Christian work and to be interested alone in Jesus Christ.

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[10 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 644 views]

Joshua 1:1-9
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
T.S. Eliot quotes (American born English Editor, Playwright, Poet and Critic, 1888-1965)
In the flesh, Joshua had much to risk. Loss of respect. Ridicule. Defeat. Failure.
But in the spirit he truly had nothing to lose. God had declared his future, if he’d only be strong… be courageous… and go.
God is looking for the risk takers.

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[15 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 6,338 views]

Excerpted from John Maxwell’s “Talent is Never Enough”
It’s easy to see that teamwork is essential for tasks; however, a task doesn’t have to be complex to need teamwork. Teamwork not only allows people to do what they couldn’t otherwise do, it also has a compounding effect on all they possesses –– including talent.
1. Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect. Teams involve more people, thus affording more resources, ideas and energy than an individual possesses. Teams also maximize a leader’s potential and minimize weaknesses.
2. Talent wins games, but teamwork …

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[13 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 462 views]

Excerpted from John Maxwell’s “Talent is Never Enough”
The following steps will help you become a talent-plus person when it comes to responsibility:
1. Start wherever you are. If being responsible has not been one of your strengths, then start small.
2. Choose your friends wisely. If you have started your journey on the road to responsibility, make sure you have the right traveling companions.
3. Stop blaming others. If you want to be successful and maximize your talent as a talent-plus person, take responsibility for your own life.
4. Learn responsibility’s major lessons. There …

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[13 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 458 views]

By Dave Smith
I. Sincerity
II. Capacity For Work
Edison stated, “Success is 98% perspiration and 2% inspiration”
III. Ability To Press On In Adversity
A leader will have much discouragement and opposition
IV. Must Exhibit A Love For His Co-laborers
V. Ability To Organize
VI. Must Develop A Vision For His Ministry
VII. Must Communicate To His Followers
His followers must catch the vision God has given him
VIII. Be A Self-starter
Procrastination has no place in a leader’s life
IX. Must Possess An Ability To Make Decisions
Many decisions will have to be made
X. A Leader That Follows The Lord Will …

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[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 1,086 views]

By Jay Jones
Every church should be a thriving church, regardless of their size or location. To thrive simply means to prosper; to be fortunate or successful. Growth should always exist within a church and is sometimes seen as communal, sometimes spiritual, and sometimes numerical. While there are many dynamics that come into play with church growth, here are 10 possible reasons that you may not pastor a church that thrives:

You Care What Your Neighbors Think
It’s true that we should be concerned with the image of our church in the community …

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[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 253 views]

Jealous leaders measure their success by the failure of others.