Articles in this category focus on rejoicing in the community of other believers, how to build and nurture community, and how to better reflect Jesus Christ to our brothers and sisters in the faith.
We have this funny idea that if we can make people see how angry we really are, then they’ll change. If we can make them feel our anger, then they’ll finally get the point and change. But it doesn’t work that way. Anger actually has the opposite effect to what we intend. Anger hardens; love, peace, and gentleness soften. Anger condemns; the Holy Spirit convicts.Stephen Altrogge
There are a host of cultural realities contributing to shifts in ministry. With these insights, your church can continue to grow and thrive in the midst of the shifting culture around us.Larry Fowler
Relationships can make all the difference between reaching your goals and merely coming close. We all know people who seem to have all the tools they need to succeed – but having all the skills and insights in the world doesn't mean anything if you can't connect with others.Patrick Ondrey
Most parenting training is fear-based. It’s focused on what to keep our kids away from. We want to immerse our kids in a vision bigger than stress, consumption and self. Some parents might think we’re crazy, or at least think we have too much on our plates. We wouldn’t go back and change a thing.Alan Briggs
Community Is Essential to Building Leaders! Here’s How You Can Activate Transformational Communities.
The most effective leader development efforts are conducted within a living community of people in which the emerging leaders function and participate.Malcolm Webber
While writing this, I am watching four seagulls that are initially sunning themselves on the sand. Then suddenly two start squawking at the other two and a battle is begun, until one party is intimidated and retreats. But no reconciliation or resolution has taken place. How often does that happen in life?Stephen Mayers
Groupthink lulls a team into deadly complacency. Here’s how to know if your team is already there.Malcolm Webber
Have you ever ministered to someone who has been in the messy middle? They are moving forward towards overcoming in an area but not without setbacks and skirmishes. They are not displaying behavior that reflects the maturity we might expect or hope for. Especially when this person is an adult, our perceptions and patience towards them may not be terribly generous. Depending upon your own gifting, you may find the messy middle life-giving or nerve-grating.William Frisbie
The effectiveness and health of a team is directly associated with developing a common working approach.Malcolm Webber
I’ve been in many church offices where I observe walled-off office after walled-off office. Collaboration is paramount to a healthy church culture. Even if you are the only paid staff member you still need to be collaborating internally on projects, creativity, and other things.Joe Hoagland
If you were to ask someone what their most important relationship is, the answer would most likely revolve around a family member. So why do these leaders who claim family relationships matter have such a devastated family? It’s because it’s easy to say your family is important but difficult to live it out.Joseph Lalonde