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Energy Stewardship

What a winter this has been! Most of the United States remains shivering into March with snow cover on 49 of the 50 states. It reminds me of the old English hymn: 564 more words


How to Evaluate Your Pastor and Staff

When I was District President, I would frequently get calls from congregational leaders asking for help in evaluating their pastor. Often, but not always, that would be a sign of conflict that demanded conflict resolution rather than help with evaluation. 600 more words

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Preach it at Starbucks

The other day I was at a pastors’ luncheon, and the speaker was passionately sharing about how to  preach and be better cultural exegetes with our preaching. 524 more words


According to (Whose?) Plan

Billy Brath works with churches and leaders to develop and produce creative ministries that work to effectively reach the culture today. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership in ministry: 562 more words

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The Forest is as Important as the Trees

When do you step back to look at the patterns? What’s your practice to see the larger picture? What time do you make to get a view away from the day-to-day to look at the month-to-month, year-to-year, decade-long direction of the church, school or organization you’ve been called to serve by leading? 358 more words


Two Dollar Plants in Ten Dollar Holes

Loren Mead shares a bit of gardening advice that has application for anyone starting a new program in a congregation or planting a new church: 582 more words

Religion And Spirituality

A New Way to View Children’s Ministry

“An’ ah halped!”

I don’t remember her saying that because of her (Alabama?) accent, or because of the product the commercial was touting. I recall seeing that face – probably fifty years ago now – because she was a little kid. 480 more words