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Every sermon must include this

Preachers are never lacking in what to preach. Topical and verse-by-verse preachers share the same library of 66 books. Every page is filled with stuff to preach. But sometimes we lose sight of why we’re preaching. Expository preachers think they’re supposed to preach the geek stuff. Topical preachers think they’re supposed to make the Bible

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5 Leadership Lessons Learned By Disappointing Others

Life’s most important lessons are often the costliest. They may cost suffering. They may cost time. They may cost failure. They may cost loss. They may cost loneliness. Some even cost money. Life has taught me some hard lessons. God will provide when the cupboard’s empty and the paycheck stopped coming in. You will recover

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The trait good mentors look for in pastors they coach

Humility. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. C. S. Lewis Humility expresses itself in a teachable spirit. Something the coach can work with to help the pastor achieve personal and professional performance levels he couldn’t have dreamed of on his own. Eager to listen. Ready to admit fault Sober

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The foolish pastor’s guide to self-worth

They couldn’t have been more wrong. They thought they were all that and a bag of chips because they did well on a task they’d been given. They figured the Boss would be all over them with praise. They were walking on clouds. But they missed it by a mile because they bought into the

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This is how turnaround pastors lead

They lead like Dwight Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Marshall led the invasion of Nazi Europe. They trust their team. They give freedom to innovate. They expect others to speak candidly. They listen. The Generals listened before deciding Soon after Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944, the American advance stalled in France’s infamous hedgerows. Hedgerows

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How Pastors Lead Beyond Their Limits

It was far beyond his abilities. It was the toughest church he would ever serve. Note: This is an excerpt from our upcoming book about the distinguishing characteristics and best practices of effective turnaround pastors. His mentor, who suggested he take the church, had warned him that it was rife with false doctrine, preoccupied with

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Help Us Help Your Pastor

Chances are you’re in a church that’s on the plateau, or on the down hill slide. The chances are great, in fact. 85% of the churches in America are either stuck on the dime or they’re in a death spiral. It takes a special kind of pastor to turn these churches around. But those pastors

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Three Pastors On A Wild Ride

  NOTE: The journey below was written before the publication of our book, Pastor Unique: Becoming a Turnaround Leader. Heck, we didn’t even have a title yet! It is fun to look back and see God’s hand.   Gary Westra, August 23, 2016 We started a wild ride two years ago. Really wild We didn’t realize

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If I Had a Do-over—Reel 1

The sixties. Not the decade fifty years ago, but the age swiftly overtaking a person who once hoped to remain forever young. My sixties. When I sit down with my peers, now over decaf not Mountain Dew. Trying not to dwell on meds and memories, focusing more on completing the course and inspiring others to

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