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Becoming Compassionate Leaders

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Nehemiah faced one of the of the most complicated and most documented leadership challenges ever when God called him to oversee rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. At the time, Nehemiah lived a thousand miles from Jerusalem and served as the cupbearer to the most powerful king of the day. Warlords in the area around Jerusalem […]

The Emotionally Intelligent Pastor

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Jeannie Clarkson PhD is a Christian psychologist and researcher behind a landmark study linking emotional intelligence (EI) and performance-based self-esteem with burnout among pastors. She is the founder of Christian Care Connection, a multisite counseling service in the greater Toledo, OH area, and author of the new book, The Emotionally Intelligent Pastor: A Guide for Clergy and Other Church […]

No More Assumptions: Using Data to Nurture Your Congregation

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We live in a digital era, where technology is at our fingertips and access to data helps us manage our day-to-day lives more efficiently. For example, EveryDollar lets us track our household spend so we have a better understanding of where our money is going and how to budget more effectively. Or, what about a […]

Announcements, Bulletins, and When to Say No

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“Can you announce that the mission team is having a barbeque fundraiser this Saturday? The ladies quilting group won’t be able to meet next week either. Make sure to get that in the bulletin. Oh and by the way, last Sunday you forgot to mention that the Richardsons had their new baby here for the […]

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. (Ephesians 6:10 NIV) Human strength is relative. One person may be considered strong until compared to a professional weight lifter. The professional weight lifter’s strength is weak compared to that of an ox. Human strength is relative, but God’s strength is absolute. The old […]

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Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV) We will not truly honor God until we honor Him with our wealth. This is because we honor God only by […]

BUT GOD: Retrospective on my Daughter’s Suicide – Part 2

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[This post is continued from Darlene Franklin’s post BUT GOD: Retrospective on my Daughter’s Suicide – Part 1.  Here she enumerates the ways in which God remained faithful and provided in her grief over her daughter Jolene’s suicide.] BUT GOD: Retrospective on my Daughter’s Suicide By Darlene Franklin What I can say beyond any doubt is […]

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“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave . . .” (1Kings 8:56 NIV). “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.” (2Cor. 1:20). Generally, we don’t think about sitting down […]

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“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?” (Jeremiah 23:29 NASB) There will always be obstacles in the way of your dream. Having vision, goals, plans, and promises doesn’t move the bramble and boulders obstructing your way. But, God’s Word is like fire. It’s like a […]