Saturday, May 14, 2016

Saturday Lagniappe: "The Power Of a Vision for Your Next Three Years" and Much More - UPDATED

The Power Of a Vision for Your Next Three Years

If you’re not operating off of a crystal clear three year strategy as a team, I would move heaven and earth to make sure you have one in place by the Fall. Read More

How to Create a Solid Communication Framework in a Multisite Model

The telephone game is the usual analogy when talking about bad communication within a group or organization. However basic, this camp game helps us get to a starting place when talking about communication flow. The original message, if left untended, can get so garbled on its journey from point A to point B that you need a Windtalker (movie reference) to sort things out. Read More

Talent Ain’t Enough

Your talents aren’t enough to do what God has asked of you. If they were, then you wouldn’t need God. Can you get to a certain level on your own? Sure. But to take the work of God in your hands to greater heights, you’re going to have to see that your talent alone just won’t cut it. Your people deserve you to be more than who you are naturally. Read More

What’s Systematic Theology and Why Bother?

Even if you haven’t written a systematic theology—or even if you don’t consider yourself a theologian—you’re still doing systematic theology in some sense. Everyone has beliefs about who God is, who Jesus is, what salvation is, and how we should live as Christians. We’re all synthesizing those beliefs together. Read More

Three Unreasonable Expectations Pastors Have of Their Churches

In this post I want to address unreasonable expectations pastors have of their churches. I’ve seen these unreasonable expectations in churches with a low view of membership, as well as churches with a high view of membership. I’m guilty of all three. Read More

Six Areas Where Millennial Pastors Are Asking for Help – Rainer on Leadership #224 [Podcast]

On this episode, Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe take a look at a few areas in which Millennial pastors are seeking help. Listen Now

The Most Unreported Number That Makes the Difference in Small Groups

Be sure to understand the strength of one universal principle that motivates growth in “open” groups and consistency in participation of “closed” groups. Here is the principle that applies to any group of any size in any place in any format: Your weekly attendance is ordinarily proportional to the number of ministry connections made by group members during the previous week. Read More

Why Do We Major in the Minors?

It is much more difficult to measure the disposition of our hearts than it is to measure the number of movies we attend. Read More

Motherhood is Missional

Motherhood is discipleship, and it's part of the mission. Read More

From Agender to Ze: A Glossary for the Gender Identity Revolution

Although terms like “transgender” and “gender identity” are increasingly used in the public square, many Christians are still unaware of what they mean or how broad the scope in which they are being used. To help provide some clarification and context, I’ve provided definitions for 31 terms commonly used by the gender identity movement. This list is not exhaustive (Facebook allows you to choose from more than 70 gender options) but it should help you better understand the linguistic radicalness of the gender identity revolution.... Read More

Does transgender bathroom policy enable predators?

In the battle across the U.S over providing transgender access to public restrooms, key groups are divided about the effects of such a policy. Read More

Europe Is Committing Spiritual and Physical Suicide

We’ve already witnessed the spiritual demise of Europe. Can its physical demise be far behind? Read More

Why Voting for a Third Party Shouldn’t Ease Your Conscience [Podcast]

Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile on why he’s not abstaining from the polls this year and will vote for a candidate he doesn’t support. Listen Now

New: Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private

Interviews reveal unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambition, and unsettling workplace conduct over decades. Read More

Is This Why Trump Won’t Release His Tax Returns?

Donald Trump’s shifting positions on whether or not he will release his tax returns has taken another series of twists and turns in the past 24 hours, with the mogul declaring to the Associated Press that he probably wouldn’t release them before the election in November, on the grounds that, “There’s nothing to learn from them.” Read More

Donald Trump turns to climate change sceptic for energy advice

Donald Trump on Friday picked a prominent climate change sceptic to help him craft his energy policy and pushed back against renewed calls that he release his income tax returns, saying his tax rate is "none of your business". Read More

Donald Trump and the Twilight of White America

Racial resentment and economic anxiety are not separate forces. For many Trump supporters, they are inextricably linked. Read More

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