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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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And Then There Was One (A Leadership Parable)

Once upon a time there was ONE leader who simply wanted to make a difference in the world. He had no illusion that he could do it alone and wanted to build a team. Guided by biblical principles he practiced biblical discipleship as he ministered to men. He frequently experienced failure and frustration discovering not everyone was willing to “count the cost and pay the...

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Five Guidelines for Establishing Value-Centered Student Ministries

Five Guidelines for Establishing Value-Centered Student Ministries

Do you remember the fun Sunday School children’s song based on Matthew 7:24-27? Here are a couple of the condensed verses: The wise man built his house upon the rock. (repeat multiple times) The rain came down and the floods came up. (repeat multiple times) And the house on the rock stood firm! The foolish man built his house upon the sand. (repeat multiple times)...

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Things that Matter…Things that Don’t

Things that Matter…Things that Don’t

How would you define the irreducible minimums of your student ministry? Can you write them into a sentence, paragraph or a list? What would that look like? I suggest every youth leader do this exercise to establish a baseline for their ministry. Recently my wife and I attended a Poetry Recital for our Granddaughter’s third grade class. Each student chose one of Shel Silverstein’s poems...

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Evangelism: What I Do or Who I Am?

Evangelism: What I Do or Who I Am?

Some of the people in the seminar were shocked since I was the speaker and the topic was Evangelism. I began by saying, “I love Jesus and want everybody to know Him but I don’t do evangelism!” After a brief pause, I explained, “Evangelism is not what I do…it is who I am!” If we relegate evangelism to an event then it simply becomes something...

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