The Benefits of Servant Leadership

The Benefits of Servant Leadership

By Kevin McDonald How should a ministry leader lead his people? John Maxwell says, “everything rises and falls on leadership.” I’ve been in ministry for about eight years and have found this statement to be true. I have also found that servant leadership can help instill life and vibrancy in the local church. Examples of Poor Leadership When I was 22, I took a job in local government in West Tennessee. My boss at the time was very difficult. In...

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The Transforming Power of Transparency

The Transforming Power of Transparency

By Jonathan Hayashi The idea of transparency and authenticity has received a significant amount of attention recently as people search for meaning in life. Consequently, the loss of transparency in the church is loss of vital power in the community. To revive the effectiveness of the church, building (or rebuilding) transparency can be an important step. The most serious issue in the Christian circle is the lack of transparency among leaders....

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3 Ways to Encourage Mission in the Local Church

3 Ways to Encourage Mission in the Local Church

By Kevin McDonald I have a pastor friend who says we focus too much on our church and outreach numbers, etc. He says that we need to pay attention to one number and that number is zero. He is referencing 2 Peter 3:9, which says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” We need to focus on making sure no one goes...

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7 Ways To Live a Balanced Life

7 Ways To Live a Balanced Life

By Kevin McDonald I’ve been a pastor for almost seven years, and one of the biggest struggles I’ve faced is staying balanced. Balance isn’t hard just for people in ministry; it’s hard for just about every human being. During my first year of ministry, I hit the ground running. I worked every day for seven days a week and labored from sunup to sundown (and even after the sun went down). While I was thriving in ministry, other areas of my life...

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The Importance of Expository Preaching

The Importance of Expository Preaching

By Brian Richard Expository preaching!? What in the world is that, asked a young junior high student of mine several years ago while I was leading a youth study one Sunday morning on the how-to of personal Bible study. Well, I said, expository preaching is where the pastor teaches through a particular book of the Bible, verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, to expose the meaning of the text in its context. The student seemed to understand but...

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