Appreciation

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This past weekend, our church hosted its annual leadership development conference and volunteer appreciation luncheon. I missed it because I was speaking at another church’s leadership training conference and appreciation dinner. Both of these churches recognize the importance of leadership...

Organizational Arrogance

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Organizational or institutional arrogance can be a significant problem, even among successful ministries. In How the Mighty Fall, corporate arrogance leading to downfall includes these stages: hubris born of success, undisciplined pursuit of more, denial of risk and peril, grasping for...

Selfless Service

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This past Sunday was Veteran’s Day. It corresponded with the one-hundredth anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I which made it an even more historic commemoration. In the worship service I attended, veterans of each branch of the military were saluted during a musical tribute. The...

Words Matter

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Pipe bombs and the Pittsburgh shooting are the latest examples of political and religious terrorism in our country. Many commentators have connected these despicable acts to the rise of bombastic, vitriolic political and religious rhetoric over the past few years. While killing or attempting to...

Using Freedom Wisely

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A young man was recently dismissed from the baseball team at the University of Georgia, and may face further University discipline, for apparently shouting racist remarks in the stands during a football game. The University was within its rights to take this action. Every school, including...

It Gets Personal

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While the nation has been riveted by sexual accusations and battles over reproductive rights surrounding a Supreme Court nominee, these issues have been more personal in my recent ministry. Leaders in the following two situations have sought my counsel.

Western Myths

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When traveling and speaking across the South, people who have never lived on the West Coast often ask me about ministry in our context. They sometimes make faulty assumptions and draw conclusions based on their limited perspective. The boldest even ask me, “How can you stand it out there in...

Emerging Trends Conference

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Ministry leaders today have complex responsibilities related to technology, personnel, and financial standards and laws applicable to churches and ministry organizations. Gateway is partnering with a Southern California law firm and other professional organizations to host a major Emerging...

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