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Gaining By Losing (A Book Review)

Gaining By Losing (A Book Review)

I have always believed that evangelism was more about “multiplication” than “addition.” I have preached 2 Timothy 2:2 where faithful believers are challenged to make disciples as the greatest plan for world evangelization. Now my friend J.D. Greear has aptly established “subtraction” as a part of the equation. In his new book Gaining By Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send, J.D. explains...

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Insider Investment Tips for Life Impact

Insider Investment Tips for Life Impact

I know it is against the law to give “Insider Investment Tips” but I just can’t restrain myself. I probably should not be so bold as to publish them on the internet but this information is critical and time sensitive. I don’t want you to miss the opportunity of this “Investment of a Lifetime” to make your “Investment in a Life.” I knew I had to write about this when...

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Pay It Forward Leadership

Pay It Forward Leadership

I was only fifteen when I made a decision that changed the course of my life! The decision was simple: I wanted to be like the pastor and leaders at my church. I wanted to be a “Pay it Forward Leader.” “Pay it Forward Leaders” are people who invest in the next generation of leadership. They do so graciously, intentionally and often sacrificially. There are...

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If Playground Leaders Ruled the World

If Playground Leaders Ruled the World

I had a love-hate relationship with recess in elementary school. I could not wait to get out of the classroom: however, I dreaded the ritual of team-picking on the playground. A couple of self-appointed “cool” guys always declared themselves the Playground Team Captains. The games we played became all about being “Used” to help them win or look good. As a result recess was often...

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Leadership 101: The Power of Influence or Position?

Leadership 101: The Power of Influence or Position?

Which is more important in leadership, influence or position? Does one trump the other or are they equal? Are they mutually exclusive? Can you possess only one or just one at a time? For just a moment pretend you have been chosen to participate in the world’s most prestigious Leadership Game Show. Finally they call you to the stage where two doors await you from...

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Point of Decision: Am I Committed or Just Excited?

Point of Decision: Am I Committed or Just Excited?

Both commitment and excitement are necessary for any new beginning. However, a “Point of Decision” must accompany every project, exercise routine, diet, business venture, spiritual discipline, or ministry. A time of distinguishing between those who are committed and those simply caught up in the excitement of something new. We see Jesus delivering a “Point of Decision” discipleship message in Luke 14:25-35. The multitudes were excited...

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Three Commonly Held Values of Gen Z “Plurals”

Three Commonly Held Values of Gen Z “Plurals”

Describing Gen Z as Plurals because of their pluralistic characteristics seemed as obvious as calling the previous generation Millennials. At least the marketers thought so when they selected Magid Generational Strategies (Marketing Corp) the winner at the Naming the Next Generation Conference in New York City. Let’s examine three commonly held values of Gen Z Plurals… Values-orientated but not traditional – Gen Z is perhaps...

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Secularization’s Ultimatum for Student Ministry

Secularization’s Ultimatum for Student Ministry

There are just some concepts that demand imminent action! Time is of the essence when facing crisis. The epidemic of secularization on society generally–but specifically on students–fits into the imminent action category. The consequences are sweeping for all of Christendom, but the long-term effects on Gen-Z could be devastating. I am not “Chicken Little” and do not believe “the sky is falling,” but I do...

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Leadership Team: Division or Diversity

Leadership Team: Division or Diversity

One of the greatest strengths of any team is its diversity. However, if the team members do not celebrate and leverage their differences then chaos and division will ensue. Referring to a group of people as a team does not make them one if there are no relationships between them. The Apostle Paul recognized this and addressed it several times in his writings. In 1...

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Youth Ministry and the Effects of Global Urbanization

Youth Ministry and the Effects of Global Urbanization

There is a change occurring globally necessitating a shift in the youth ministry paradigm for Christendom. Many forward thinking ministries have been addressing this challenge, making adjustments and are in the advanced stages of strategic planning. However others find themselves in dire need of accelerated tutoring in order to catch the concepts. Youth Ministry is experiencing a major shift due to the effects of Global...

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