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Sometimes You Just Need to Break

Right now (Tuesday AM) my step-mom is on the operating table. She’s having surgery on her carotid artery that is 70% blocked. She had a stroke on New Year’s Day and I have to tell you, it all just sucks right now. I don’t know how she will pull through, what life will be like…

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Why I’m “Meh” on Student Ministry Right Now

Student Ministry is no longer the Ronco Rottiserie: You can’t just set it and forget it; It takes work.  I was in student ministry for sixteen years. I have been an intern, a resident, an associate student pastor and the lead student pastor, with experience leading both small rural and large metro ministries. I have…

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How I’m Creating and Maintaining Margin with My Finances

The only people who don’t like to talk money are those that don’t give.  We talk about money a lot in our home. We do this because we want our kids to succeed in life when they are out from under our care and on their own. We also do this because money can ruin…

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How I’m Creating and Maintaining Margin in My Relationships

“You know, you can trim the fat, right?” “Bro; I’m a vegan.” And that right there defines the issue: How can I continue in a relationship when there just isn’t a fit? There are times and places where we need to be friends for a moment, perhaps even longer, but no one needs to be…

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How I’m Creating and Maintaining Margin with My Time

Time is the only thing we can’t get back once it is gone.  How are you feeling: are you feeling refreshed, energized, empowered to make a difference in the world? Are are you dragging with a longing desire to stay in bed all day because you just keep hitting that wall?  I have a lot…

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How to Create and Maintain Margin

I do not have it all together. I have not arrived, nor do I claim that I have. But I do understand who I am and how the life I live affects me, my work, and most importantly, my family. It’s because of this that I have been incredibly intentional about creating and maintaining margin…

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Success is Sexy and You Are Not

While both mission and vision are good, success is great and the number one indicator of continued success. Past is prologue, right?  There’s this huge misnomer in leadership development, in that your mission and vision are the most critical component of your future growth. While they are critical, they are not imperative; success is. We say…

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“F This!” Three Filters that Will Help Your Leadership Development Process

“F This”  You’ve probably heard this often around the office, if not subtly under someone’s voice. One of the biggest challenges we face in releasing young eagles is the ability to let them soar on their own terms, while under the direction of leadership. Leadership can be frustrating, boxing in these eagles with rules and…

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Online Giving Page

Church websites bore me, and their giving pages make me fall asleep. But they don’t have to be that way. In today’s broadcast with Tithely.tv, we discuss the following questions about online generosity:  From pastoral ministry to running a creative and marketing agency for churches, you’ve had the opportunity to help many churches with their website and…

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