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Restoring Fallen Leaders

June 2, 2014 8:00 AM

By all measures, Tom* was an A-list pastor. He had charisma, humor, and huge musical skills, and he grew the start-up church into a robust congregation. Around year 8, a few of us began to notice subtle changes. Tom's...

Giving Grace Away

October 4, 2012 9:29 AM

As a kid, I dreamed that people could be divided into two teams: heroes and thieves; beggars and heirs. At night, beneath a ceiling of glow-in-the-dark stars, I fully expected to be a heroine. (Everyone intends to be superman—not...

Harnessing Our Humanity

April 27, 2011 1:24 PM

Have you ever led a small group in which the following type of scenario took place? You’re excited because you invited a new person to your small group—perhaps a young co-worker or a student you met on campus—and this...

Multi-Tasking God

April 20, 2011 11:19 AM

This week I received an email that began, “I know you must be crazy with Holy Week....” The writer, of course, was referring to the phenomenon of church leaders fried by the frenzied business of leading a church during Easter....

Taking a Sharpie to Your List

December 19, 2008 9:21 PM

No offense, but I'm crossing your name off my list with a big black Sharpie. I'm not crossing you out of my life—just off my list. It's not crossing you off because you're unimportant or because I don't care or...

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