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Ten Kinds of People Nobody Can Help

I’ve been involved in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, and I have a desire to help everyone. But, I have learned the hard way that I cannot help every person who attends our church or who comes to me for input. The following are ten kinds of people I have identified that are so…

Ten Things Effective Ministries Value

1. Effective Ministries Value the Whole Church To be effective in the current culture wars, Evangelicals can no longer afford to shun their Catholic and Orthodox brethren. It is going to take the whole church standing together on social issues to see societal transformation. We may not be in the same denomination or local church,…

10 Signs that you Lack a Biblical Worldview

Through the years, I have discovered that the average Christian and a large number of church ministers lack a biblical worldview; by “BWV” I am referring to interpreting all of life through the lens of Scripture. That is to say, your view of politics, sanctity of life, marriage, economics, education, science and law is derived…

14 Contrasts between a Kingdom and a Worldly View of Money

There has been much written regarding what the bible teaches about prosperity, wealth and stewardship. In spite of the vast amount of material on this subject, many believers are still struggling in regards to having a biblical mindset regarding their resources. In regards to the Kingdom, Scripture is replete with examples of how God’s sovereign…

8 Contrasts Between Empowering and Disempowering Leadership

Knowing how to nurture people so that they reach their maximum leadership potential is as much psychological as it is an art. There are ways leaders limit the creativity of others and there are ways to get folks to reach new heights they haven’t even dreamed about. The following are ways leaders can empower others…

Twenty-five Signs You Are Leading from Your Dark Side

1. You inwardly celebrate when a colleague or fellow minister falls. 2. Your spirit of competition causes you to inwardly celebrate when other organizations or ministries in your field aren’t doing as well as you. 3. You are more concerned about your local church or organization than the good of the kingdom of God and…

Twelve Different Kinds of Apostolic Leaders

I have been in the apostolic movement since the late 1980’s and have observed many kinds of apostolic leaders. By “apostolic” I am referring to a person who functions in the apostolic ministry gift as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11. They may also oversee an apostolic church that exerts great influence in their community, and/or lead…

16 Contrasts between Retirement from Re-firing

While I applaud the fact that there is a great emphasis in many circles on reaching the next generation, we often forget that God also has a plan to use older seasoned leaders as well. For example, when Abraham was ninety-nine years old God still called him to walk before Him blamelessly and to believe…

Contrasting Kingdom Leaders and Church Leaders

There is presently a revolution taking place among those on the leading edge of change in the Evangelical Church. The result is a transition from a church mindset to a kingdom mindset in which the walls of church buildings are no longer able to contain the raw creative energy of Christ-followers who are committed to…

HOW TO USE THE SCRIPTURES TO MATURE BELIEVERS, PART II

Different approaches to biblical preaching Prophetic, Rhema word preaching This kind of preaching is when a pastor waits upon the Lord during the week and (hopefully) God downloads a prophetic exhortation on the pastor to deliver to the church. This is a very common style of preaching especially in the Pentecostal and Charismatic church world….