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Sep 22, 2017
leadership, instinct, experience, tools

Leadership Is Not About You

Leadership means hard work and service.
Leadership Is Not About You
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Leadership is not about you.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that leadership is not for you—leadership is something you can learn and excel at. But no matter how many theories you study or how many clubs you led in high school, if your leadership is about ...

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Sep 20, 2017
leadership, instinct, experience, tools

Can Leadership Be Learned?

You do not have to be a natural-born leader to become a great leader.
Can Leadership Be Learned?
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Is leadership something we’re born with, or is it something we learn?

Yes. Both-and.

Some people seem to be born with leadership skills. These people may be more charismatic, sometimes more extraverted, more affirming. Maybe he or she was president of their class and captain ...

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Sep 14, 2017
pastor, ministry, leadership, accountability

David Platt to Be a Teaching Pastor—Is it a Bridge Too Far for the IMB President?

International Mission Board president to become McLean Bible teaching pastor.
David Platt to Be a Teaching Pastor—Is it a Bridge Too Far for the IMB President?

Harry Ironside, the pastor of Moody Church, was also the president of the African Inland Mission. People at Moody Church tell me that he rode the train in and out of Chicago, spending most of his time focused on the Africa Inland Mission, speaking all week.

The Ironside years ...

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Sep 11, 2017
Billy Graham, Montreat, North Carolina, The Cove

My Visit to Montreat

I spent a day at the home of the Rev. Billy Graham.
My Visit to Montreat

Recently, I was in Montreat, North Carolina, at the home of Billy Graham.

As the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, this was a tremendous privilege for me. As I think about it, virtually all of the ministries that I am engaged in are in some way ...

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Sep 6, 2017
DACA, DREAMers, immigration

DACA Done Right: A Moment We All Can Stand with DREAMers

President Trump and many immigration leaders agree with faith leaders: Congress should act in compassion toward the DREAMers
DACA Done Right: A Moment We All Can Stand with DREAMers
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We have an opportunity, here, to unify a nation that is divided about immigration to find a path for the DREAMers.

Yes, comprehensive immigration policy is complicated. But the forward path for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) need not be.

President Trump is asking ...

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Aug 29, 2017
joel osteen, lakewood church, houston, hurricane harvey

Some Christians Hate Joel Osteen More Than They Love The Truth. And That's Wrong.

Be silent until there is something to say.
Some Christians Hate Joel Osteen More Than They Love The Truth. And That's Wrong.

So, I never thought I’d write a post defending Joel Osteen….

But, seriously, the floodgates of media unleashed against Joel Osteen, based on an unclear church statement and fanned by agenda-driven social media, tells me that we have a cultural problem. The fact that ...

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Aug 14, 2017
outreach, leadership

Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table

Making disciples and exerting cultural influence.
Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table
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This article originally appeared in Outreach Magazine.

How many of us would admit that we have experienced more failures than we’d have liked in leading our churches? It’s never easy to reflect honestly on our leadership mistakes; however, measurable outcomes and ...

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Aug 7, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 25)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 25)

Episode Twenty-Five | Starting a Gospel Conversation by Talking about Prayer

Michael Hakmin Lee, Research Fellow at the Billy Graham Center, discusses the challenges for Christians seeking to share their faith in a more privatized culture, where talking about faith can seem anathema. ...

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Aug 2, 2017
religious, spiritual, none

How We Lead in Times of Cultural Shift

In many ways, we have lost our home field advantage.
How We Lead in Times of Cultural Shift
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It’s pretty obvious the English-speaking Western world is rapidly changing in regards to faith. The culture is moving in secular and pluralist directions, and away from a more Judeo-Christian influence. As a result, Christians need to re-learn how to lead effectively in ...

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Aug 1, 2017
pastor, teacher, coach

Types of Interim Pastors: An Overview

Some ways churches engage interim pastors
Types of Interim Pastors: An Overview
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For the past year I have had the privilege of serving as interim teaching pastor at Moody Church in Chicago. It’s been a fascinating experience and I am continually amazed at the people there and the legacy of the church. But having worked as a pastor in different contexts ...

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Jul 31, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 24)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 24)

Episode Twenty-Four | Where Are You Opening Your Umbrella?

Christina Walker, Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Billy Graham Center, talks about what she recently learned from a cohort of pastors from Every Nation. One story in particular stuck out; it was about a ...

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Jul 3, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The BGC Gospel Life Podcast (Ep. 20)

Episode Twenty | Are You Seeking to be a Fisherman or a Shepherd?

Colleen Cooper, Development Coordinator at the Billy Graham Center, shares a personal example of working through conflict in order to bring deeper conversation and trust. Colleen reminds us that in evangelism, ...

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Jun 26, 2017
character, leadership, accountability

Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term

D.L. Moody described character as “what you are in the dark.”
Character: The Secret to Leading for the Long Term
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It comes as no surprise to anyone when I say that pastoring is hard. Pastors bear the spiritual responsibility of a church. They grow it to sustainability, help it thrive, drive the vision, and care for the culture.

I recently wrote an article for Influence Magazine on “Leading ...

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Jun 23, 2017
Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Alt-Right
Here's a Resolution: Denominations Should Stop Shooting Themselves in the Foot

Dwight McKissic called the most recent SBC drama a “24-hour roller coaster ride.”

I called it shooting yourself in the foot. Again. Publicly.

What could have been a Tuesday condemnation of racism became a Wednesday mea culpa.

So, what really happened on Tuesday when ...

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Jun 21, 2017
leadership

Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry

Healthy leaders make for healthy organizations.
Five Leadership Axioms That Shape Your Ministry
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1. Value People More Than Tasks

This first leadership axiom is one that I will occasionally just put on a post-it note on the top of my computer. Slow down and see people. Because I'm such a driven leader, I can be task before people by nature. I am sure there are others ...

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