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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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Oct 20, 2017
John Piper, Evangelical, Multiethnic, Lecrae

More on Leaving White Evangelicalism: A Response from Bryan Loritts

People of color need to establish our own conferences, organizations, and networks.

LaVar Ball is onto something. It’s time for Jesus-loving minorities to stop begging for a seat at white folks’ tables. Like the Big Baller Brand, which was founded by basketball players Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball, we need to establish our own tables. Unlike ...

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Oct 18, 2017
social media, facebook, twitter, instagram, pastors

3 Ways Pastors and Church Leaders Undermine Themselves on Social Media

Church leaders need to be in social media spaces

Social media use is pervasive in American culture today. The various social media platforms we use are the 21st century version of the town square—they are modern-day spaces to exchange ideas, learn the news, and more.

Once upon a time, it was trendy to think that social ...

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Oct 17, 2017
theology, podcast

John the Baptist and Baptism (Theology for Life)

Hosted by Drs Ed Stetzer and Lynn Cohick
John the Baptist and Baptism (Theology for Life)

In this episode of Theology for Life, Ed and Lynn talk about John the Baptist and different baptismal traditions. How should we view baptism, and what do we find in Scripture? What’s happening in baptism? And what’s the role of repentance in baptism?

Dr. Lynn Cohick ...

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Oct 16, 2017
evangelism, discipleship, leadership

Can We Talk? The Story of One Texas Church's Road to Evangelism

A gospel-centered church is where the people share the gospel.

We often find that God does his greatest work out of times of difficulty. For me as a pastor, 2013 was a difficult year. Our community was facing rapid demographic changes that were bringing transition to our own church membership. Large numbers of first-generation immigrants ...

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Oct 15, 2017
pastor, bivocational, marketplace, evangelism

Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity

One-third of American pastors are bivocational.
Bivocational Ministry as an Evangelism Opportunity
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One of the most vital yet understudied streams of church ministers is the bivocational pastor. This is that pastor who, either out of necessity or intentionality, works as both the pastor of a local church and in the secular marketplace.

Already, more than one-third of all American ...

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Oct 14, 2017
kenya, evangelical, democracy, public square

Dispatches from Kenya

Kenyan evangelicals were a petri dish in the grand experiment of public square engagement.
Dispatches from Kenya
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The Academy Award winning Out of Africa, with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, gives visual cadence to the beauty of the majestic landscape of East Africa. While too slow in pace, its cinematography captures what is so beguiling about that land.

One cannot wander in a four-wheeled ...

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Oct 12, 2017
lausanne, appointment, director

Serving as the Regional Director for Lausanne North America

The Lausanne Movement connects and mobilizes evangelical leaders to collaborate for world evangelization.
Serving as the Regional Director for Lausanne North America
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I recently accepted the role of North American Regional Director for Lausanne North America. You can read more in Wheaton College’s press release below and read my welcome letter on the Lausanne website.

Ed Stetzer, Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Distinguished Chair ...
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Oct 12, 2017
partnership, leadership, evangelism, missiology, cohort

Academic Partnerships at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center—How, Why, and Your Organization

Wheaton College Graduate School partners with Every Nation and Propel Women.
Academic Partnerships at Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Center—How, Why, and Your Organization

Among the many ministries housed in the Billy Graham Center is the graduate-level education of students from around the world. Some of the students attend in the traditional way, taking courses according to their individual schedule. One exciting addition to this traditional ...

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Sep 29, 2017
mass incarceration, criminal justice

The Biblical Call for Justice: Mass Incarceration and the Role of the Church

America locks up more of its citizens than any other nation.

A single mother is arrested and held in jail overnight for driving with a suspended license that she could not afford to renew. A prisoner with mental illness is languishing in solitary confinement. A young man who paid his debt for a drug offense and wants to start fresh can’t ...

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Sep 27, 2017
leadership, instinct, experience, tools

7 Principles to Lead as Jesus Led

We can draw inspiration from the ways that Jesus led.
7 Principles to Lead as Jesus Led
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Jesus did not come to be your leadership guru. He came to die on the cross, for your sin, and in your place.

Yet, he did lead. And we can learn from how he led. If we look closely, we see that his leadership was wrapped in humility and servanthood. Even for those in high leadership ...

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