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5 Suggestions for When People Leave Your Church

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Not everything you do is going to please all the members of your congregation. How do you deal when people leave your church?

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What Preachers Want Most and Pray for Hardest

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Discouragement can be your worst enemy. Pastors are encouraged to remain diligent, however. (Stock Free Images)

It isn’t rare for a pastor to get discouraged when he doesn’t see fruit from his labor. Find out why pastor Joe McKeever says not to get discouraged—your time is coming.

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Pastors, How About Less Inspiration and More Reality?

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Author and media consultant Phil Cooke explains why the Bible is focused more on reality and why people need pastors to be direct.

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7 Reasons to Dump Delegation

Leading-pastorI have always strived to be a delegator. I know I’ve written posts on it before—how to do it successfully and that kind of garbage.

But that’s before I knew the skinny on delegation. So, that’s it. I’m done. No more delegation for me.

I’m dumping delegation for good. Here’s what I discovered.

 7 Problems With Delegation

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Joe McKeever: The Abrasive Christian Shouldn’t Teach God’s Word

Joe-McKeever-smallThis week, in Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, I found this interesting depiction of Harold Ickes, a member of FDR’s cabinet during the Second World War:

“According to T. H. Watkins, Ickes’ biographer, ‘a world without something in it to make him angry would have been incomprehensible to him.’ A disgruntled Republican senator who had been the target of one of Ickes’ verbal assaults called him ‘a common scold puffed up by high office.’ To one cabinet colleague, Ickes was ‘Washington’s tough guy.’ To another, he was the ‘president’s attack dog.’”

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5 Items for a New Pastor’s ‘To Do’ List

To-do-listHave you ever noticed how ideas seem to flow when you don’t need them? Throughout the year, you might have a dozen great ideas for a weekend getaway; but when a weekend is finally available for a trip, you can’t think of anything to do. Or maybe you’ve had a million “when I get around to it” moments only to find that on a rare day off, you can’t remember any of them!

Being a pastor is much the same way. For years you may have thought, “If I was a pastor, the first thing I would do is …” And then, when that moment finally comes—a church calls you to pastor—you can’t figure out where to start. Being chosen to pastor a church is a great honor. Much like the first moment holding your newborn, you are overcome with one thought: “I want to do this right!”

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