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by Daniel Darling When I assumed the pastorate of Gages Lake Bible Church, I was twenty-nine years old. I’d served in a senior staff position at a large area church, so I thought I knew leadership. But it wasn’t until I was in the crucible of leadership as the senior pastor,

The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson. He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written. He is one of the Christian’s greatest sources of comfort. And

You have to invest and manage your time wisely to get the best Return On Investment for your life.

My goal in writing this is to frustrate you . . . I’ll tell you why. After traveling and preaching to churches around the world for almost three decades, there are some questions I’m not afraid to ask anymore. When I look at the church today and then I look at

Your ushers can make or break your worship service. The difference between a grumpy, distracted, and untrained usher compared to a cheerful, engaged, and “serve you with a smile” usher is huge! I’ve always loved the usher team; it was one of my favorite ministries to lead. The usher’s role is so important

How many times do couples fight per year?  A British insurance survey said 2,455 (that’s 7 per day!). Out of 28 sources of fights, I picked out 10:  1.       Not listening:  112  2.       Overspending and money:  109  3.       Laziness:  105  4.       Driving too fast:  91  5.       Dirty house:  90  6.       Disciplining (or spoiling) children:  88  7.       When to

by C. J. Rapp I recently spent time with a fellow ministry leader who was clearly in a battle with discouragement. This once vibrant and passionate minister was now in the fight of a lifetime. Weakened by rejection and betrayal and tired of months of fighting, this incredible leader was at

"You've blown it" is one of the biggest lies of the enemy. Let's face it - we all have a season (or seasons) in our lives we can look back on with pain, shame and regret; however, reflecting on the pain of our past will absolutely rob us of the POTENTIAL

You have to invest and manage your time wisely to get the best Return On Investment for your life.

Your ushers can make or break your worship service. The difference between a grumpy, distracted, and untrained usher compared to a cheerful, engaged, and “serve you with a smile” usher is huge! I’ve always loved the usher team; it was one of my favorite ministries to lead. The usher’s role is so important

"You've blown it" is one of the biggest lies of the enemy. Let's face it - we all have a season (or seasons) in our lives we can look back on with pain, shame and regret; however, reflecting on the pain of our past will absolutely rob us of the POTENTIAL

Can an overcommitted church become a balanced church? Can a complex church become a simple church? The answer to the questions is an unequivocal “yes,” but it won’t be easy in most churches. In my previous post, I identified some of the reasons our congregations have become so overcommitted. Now here are

I began as Lead Pastor at my current church, West Park Church in London, Ontario four years ago. When I started I faced a steep learning curve. I not only needed to understand a new church culture, but a new country culture as well. So, I developed what I called my six month

by Alex E. Andrews Many people have asked, “Why is Bayside growing so rapidly?” Bayside Community Church growth, in its simplest form, stems from a core value that founding pastor, Randy Bezet, lives. We call it being “life-giving.” In addition, he has been able to ensure that his leadership teams also

Your happiness and fulfillment depend upon a balanced approach to everything that matters.

It’s easy to get so busy doing ministry that you don’t take the time to evaluate your ministry. But evaluation is how you get better. It’s like your annual physical. No one wants to get a check-up, blood work, and maybe a test or two, but that’s how you learn what you

Your church is likely entering a busy season. School has started. Members are in a routine again after the summer. Fall festivals details are being finalized. And Christmas season plans are being made. The abundance of events and outreach opportunities churches have planned for this time of year make for great

An emergency reserve is a cash reserve in the form of an interest-bearing savings or money market account that is always available and easy to get to in case of emergency. No matter who you are, you need one. It’s your first step in building your financial security. An emergency

Deep within the heart of every man is a God-given desire for relationship. This is the way we were created. Many times we attempt to develop relationships out of our natural reason and understanding. However, the frailty of those relationships brings great disappointment. The Bible teaches us the principle of covenant

Churches can learn a lot from businesses. It’s true. I hope I didn’t lose you with that statement. For many years, I have worked with my team at The Unstuck Group to help churches get unstuck. But, I periodically have had the chance to serve businesses as well. And there’s one

“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says, “They will eat and have some left over (2 Kings 4:43).” Sometimes, the best food is something you had left over from

With leadership comes a great responsibility to uphold a standard of integrity regardless of the cost. All too often we see leaders compromise their lifelong forged ethics just to gain the ever fleeting reward of “momentarily getting ahead.” This lack of ethical leadership has greatly shaped the continuing devaluing of

As Christians, we often subconsciously think we aren’t supposed to have too much. We’re afraid of being associated with bad theology, or we’ve seen people abuse the idea of being blessed, so we push back from the whole concept. But does such thinking align with what the Word of God

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The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson. He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written. He is one of the Christian’s greatest sources of comfort. And

You have to invest and manage your time wisely to get the best Return On Investment for your life.

"You've blown it" is one of the biggest lies of the enemy. Let's face it - we all have a season (or seasons) in our lives we can look back on with pain, shame and regret; however, reflecting on the pain of our past will absolutely rob us of the POTENTIAL

Can an overcommitted church become a balanced church? Can a complex church become a simple church? The answer to the questions is an unequivocal “yes,” but it won’t be easy in most churches. In my previous post, I identified some of the reasons our congregations have become so overcommitted. Now here are

by Alex E. Andrews Many people have asked, “Why is Bayside growing so rapidly?” Bayside Community Church growth, in its simplest form, stems from a core value that founding pastor, Randy Bezet, lives. We call it being “life-giving.” In addition, he has been able to ensure that his leadership teams also

Remember, it’s just a game. That’s an important prompt in youth athletics — not just for the kids, but perhaps even more so for coaches bent on winning and parents pressing to live vicariously through their children. Against the backdrop of our societal obsession with sports is the craziness that has become

It’s almost too good to be true. The Christian doctrine of glorification is stunning, to say the least. Not only we will see Jesus in all his new-creation glory, but we will share with him in it. “When he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as

Your happiness and fulfillment depend upon a balanced approach to everything that matters.

The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson. He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written. He is one of the Christian’s greatest sources of comfort. And

You have to invest and manage your time wisely to get the best Return On Investment for your life.

Remember, it’s just a game. That’s an important prompt in youth athletics — not just for the kids, but perhaps even more so for coaches bent on winning and parents pressing to live vicariously through their children. Against the backdrop of our societal obsession with sports is the craziness that has become

It’s almost too good to be true. The Christian doctrine of glorification is stunning, to say the least. Not only we will see Jesus in all his new-creation glory, but we will share with him in it. “When he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as

Your happiness and fulfillment depend upon a balanced approach to everything that matters.

There are times when our hope in God’s promises can be derailed by the cares of this world and the difficulties of life. When times are tough, what does it mean to be anchored in hope? In this episode, John and Lisa elaborate on how to keep our hope grounded

Day 5 of a video series produced by Next Step Ministries with Francis. For the study guide and more information about Next Step Ministries please visit: http://www.nextstepministries.com/films/

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