Five Ways to Quickly and Easily Get Fired from Your Church Job

Want to lose your ministry job in a jiffy? No problem. The ministry, despite its intense qualifications, has among its ranks those who aren’t serious about their role. Just because it’s “ministry” doesn’t mean that people will overlook your shortcomings. Want to lose your job? There are a few things that will get the job done…if you get my drift.

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The Seven Signs Your Church or Organization Is Headed for Trouble

There is no such thing as a perfect church. Your church has problems. My church has problems. But some churches have bigger problems — problems which may drive the church to levels of intense conflict or destroyed lives. Here are seven major warning signs that your church or organization is headed for trouble.
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How to Get Busy and Work Hard Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

There are days when you feel more like a hibernating bear than an action-oriented leader. We all face those days. You stare at your computer screen in a torpid state. You don’t want to work. You don’t want to think. Fact is, you don’t want to do much of anything. How do you bust out of this low, and amp up the energy level? How do you get busy and work hard even when you don’t feel like it?

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Nine Types of People that You Must Learn to Accept in Ministry


Are you accidentally excluding anyone from ministry? It can happen subtly, yet frequently in the church. There are certain groups that we sometimes exclude or ignore. We do so to the detriment of our ministries. Here are ten of the most frequently-forgotten ministers in the church. Obviously, not everyone is going to be a teacher or worship leader, but the following groups have gifts to contribute to the ministry.

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How To Be Foolish: Trust in Yourself with All Your Heart

Few of us actually set out in life determined to be as foolish as possible. That would be, well, foolish. How ironic life can be. The irony is, we live life in full-throttle foolishness much of the time. Here’s what it looks like, and what to do about it.

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The Problem with Youth Pastors

Youth pastors have a tough job. They take on flak from angry parents, disgruntled pastors, and sulking teens. The position of youth pastor seems to be a fairly recent human invention in church history. As the church has tried to reinvent the youth pastor wheel with the passing of time, several unhealthy approaches to the office have taken shape. Now presenting, the Ten Commandments of Youth Pastors…

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When Vision and Crisis Collide: What to Do When Your Dreams Fail

Jodi didn’t know what to think. Her forehead rested against her hand. Her brown hair spilled around her face, as if to veil her from the world around her. She was grieved, relieved, stressed, relaxed, confused, angry, and embarrassed, sitting paralyzed in a potpourri of conflicting emotions. Here’s the short version of what happened…

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Leadership Lessons to Live By: Giving Up Center Stage

Just because you’re a leader, doesn’t mean you need to dominate everything. In fact, good leaders are bold enough to step aside and let others take control. They do not abdicate their God-given role of leader. Instead, they lead by allowing others to accept greater responsibility. Leaders sometimes need to give up center stage.

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Changing Our Expectations about Getting Involved in Ministry

Are churches prepared to accept all kinds of help and participation? Are we poised to use various types of personalities, dispositions, and temperaments in ministry contexts? If the church really is a collection of people characterized by unity and love, is it possible to use even the misfit-types in ministry?

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God’s Will in Unexpected Places

Oceans of ink have been spilled on the subject of “finding God’s will.” Christian seminars and elective Sunday School classes on “Discovering God’s Will” are usually packed out. The theme of discovering God’s will is a hot topic indeed. Although the process of “finding God’s will” has often been described in six-steps (or twenty) and requires a lot of discussion, there is a simplicity to it all. God’s will is revealed in the Bible. One of the clearest statements of God’s will instructs us to do something that may, at first glance, be surprising.

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