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Equipping the Saints

Equipping the Saints

Creating a Thriving Parish During the Pandemic

Whether we become a stronger or weaker church depends on what we do now in this crisis.  Craig Groeschel says, where there is a problem, there are opportunities.  We can use this time to work with the Lord to create

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Equipping the Saints

“Never Waste a Crisis”

It seems that every leadership webinar is hosting crisis leadership presentations.  We’ve written about Craig Groeschel before, a pastor and leadership expert who publishes a monthly podcast on leadership. https://www.life.church/leadershippodcast/ This month he did a special edition on “Leading in

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Courage

Courage in the Covid-19 Crisis Mindfulness

Leaders are human.  That means they have emotions, just like the rest of us.  They react to uncertainty, the need to take risks and emotional triggers just like the rest of us.  What does the flock need from its pastor

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Courage

Vision-Casting Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

In times like these, where uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure are all around us, we look for leaders.  We look for those who know what to do and how to do it:  to lead us through the quagmire where we

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Courage

Sticky Visions

I’d like to introduce you to a pastor and leadership speaker we have not spoken of yet.  We have talked about Dr. Brene’ Brown, Danielle Strickland, Patrick Lencioni, Craig Groeschel just to mention a few.  Today is Andy Stanley’s turn.

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Equipping the Saints

A Plea for Courageous Leaders in the Church Today

As I sat down to write this, I just saw the notice from Liturgical Press that they are no longer publishing or distributing books featuring the life of Jean Vanier.  I’m not going to re-hash this story.  You can find

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Equipping the Saints

Skills That Increase Courage

Sir Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a reaction.  Courage is a decision.”  Think about that for a minute.  Fear is what happens when there’s a perceived threat of some sort.  It triggers the fight or flight reaction.  Courage is the

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Equipping the Saints

Increasing Courage

By now you are realizing that I am convinced the Church needs better equipped leaders.  And if You’re following along with these blogs, you also realize that one purpose of these blogs is to introduce others’ work so that those

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Equipping the Saints

Courage Takes Skills: Vulnerability

Yikes!  I bet you are already clicking on.  Who wants to be vulnerable?  In a world that values strength and bravado, and fake it till you make it, who could possibly want to develop vulnerability?  And vulnerability as a skill? 

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Equipping the Saints

It Takes Courage to Lead

Setting a direction, holding others accountable, having difficult conversations, correcting and guiding, letting people go…most would agree that it takes courage to do these things.   But it also takes courage to be lavish with praise, to surround yourself with people

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Equipping the Saints

So Much is Being Lost

When I think of the current state of affairs in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, I am so sad; deep down, soul sad.   It’s not the sadness born of nostalgia for an era gone by, when things

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Clericalism

Antidote to Clericalism

In last week’s column we spoke about the need to act now.  “Now is the acceptable time,” to start implementing cures for clericalism, at the core of the sexual abuse crimes in the Church.  The Church has lost her way. 

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Equipping the Saints

Now is the Acceptable Time

This is what I believe needs said now, and said, and said and said…what got the Church to this sobering point, where she has squandered her position of authority to the body of Christ, cannot get us to where Jesus

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Equipping the Saints

Make This Your Resolution for 2020!

It’s January, and for some of us it’s a time of resolutions.  I’d like to propose a resolution for all who serve the Church…resolve to make a difference in the current situation in the coming year.  And even better, I

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Equipping the Saints

The Power of Emotions in Leadership

This concludes the blog series based on the speakers from the Global Leadership Summit, 2019.  This final blog offers insights from the GLS host and opening speaker, Craig Groeschel.  A New York Times best selling author and one of the

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