Leadership Category

We Don’t Need a “New” Christianity

In our modern world, everything gets billed as being new. New phone, new car, new sports equipment…heck, even shaving razors and electric toothbrushes come out with the “latest technology”! Everything has to be new, or else it is rendered unimportant. Anything that sticks to the status quo is doomed to be considered antiquated and out-of-date […]

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What Does the Bible Say About Women Pastors?

Does the Bible forbid women pastors? Christians are divided on this issue, and to be upfront, it is a secondary issue and not one of primary importance (like the existence of heaven and hell, Jesus as the only Saviour etc.). Still, the Bible does address this topic, and in our effort to be faithful to […]

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I Said Something Wrong During This Week’s Youth Group Message

This past Wednesday night at our youth group meeting, we studied the story in John 11:1-46 where Lazarus dies and then Jesus raises him from the dead. It’s a powerful story – one of the most striking displays of Jesus’ miraculous power in the whole New Testament. But I said something during our study time […]

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3 Things Every Good Sermon Gives

Preaching is hard work. It’s not easy to stand in front of a group of people who are looking for soul-food, and then deliver a 45 minute monologue that is tight doctrinally, uplifting, interesting, and inspiring…not to mention how hard it is to do this on a weekly basis year after year! We have a […]

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Ministry and Leadership the Jesus Way

In my own effort to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as ministry leader, I spent some time studying Luke (and Acts) to find some of the key principles that made Jesus the most effective leader in the history of the world. Though I am sure that others can be added to this list, here […]

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Thoughts on the “I Love Jesus But Hate Church” Crowd

Been burned by the church? Take heart – you are not alone! Countless Christians just like you are sick and tired of dealing with hypocrisy, politics, power-hungry leaders, and churches more concerned about their own existence than extending the arms of love to others. The simple solution to rejuvenate your faith and re-discover your relationship […]

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Preparing a Youth Ministry Budget

As a youth pastor, one of the trickiest parts of organizing a healthy youth ministry is figuring out how to disperse your budget. Youth pastors have a reputation as people who are less organized and like to wing-it with stuff, but make no mistake – having a plan in place for your budget is part […]

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4 Practical Tips for Better Sermon Deliveries

Many people know that communication is partly non-verbal; a person’s mannerisms, facial expressions, and body language can covey a message just as clearly (sometimes more so) than the actual words they are speaking. While preaching cannot be compared in all respects to public speaking, it is still a form of it, and we preachers would […]

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Thinking of Home Like a Foreign Mission Field

In North America, we are fond of sending missionaries overseas. Nothing gets a church fired up like sending people on short or long-term mission trips. But anyone who has participated in cross-cultural missions knows that it is not easy. There is a lot of preparation that makes missionary work successful. Learning a new language, studying […]

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The Battle Against Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue, according to Wikipedia, was first recognized as a medical condition in the 1950’s. It is essentially the gradual lessening of compassion a person has towards those in need. It happens most often in people who are professional caregivers in some sense: doctors, nurses, first responders, counsellors, and even ministry leaders. The way compassion […]

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