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It’s ironic that pastors, who talk the most about the need for community, experience it the least. Our days and nights are filled with calls, meetings, and interactions with people. But despite lots of people contact, we have few trusted peers. We have too many relationships and too few friends. Isolated leaders are a danger to themselves and their churches.
Joel Garfinkle on What great leaders do.
What does a leader look like? Think of two leaders, famous or not, whom you admire and respect. What do they do that is so different? What traits do they have that help them excel at a high level? Leadership is not a great mystery. Great leaders have specific traits in common.
The survey’s results say no. Barna found that PKs leave the church, experience periods of doubt, and abandon their Christian faith at a rate pretty equivalent to our peers.
Trevin Wax on Why pastors should preach the “why” before the “what.”
Plans are good. Programs are good. But the why behind the plan and the why behind the program is even better.
Brian Howard on Why we can’t be friends.
Most of us like to talk about ourselves. But unless you are in a counselor’s office at least half of any given conversation should be asking questions about the other person’s interests and desires. There is little that is more relationally life giving than having a person take a deep interest in you. Offer this blessing to those you are in relationship with. In a real friendship you are not only receiving but you are giving.
Brian Dodd on What churches can do to ensure guests come back after Easter.
Churches do a great job of putting significant effort into their Sunday worship services. I would like to challenge all churches to put an equal amount of effort into your children’s classes and programming. The reason is because children can deliver “the win” of a 75% return rate.