Deconstruction Vs Deconversion: Why Pastors Should Know the Difference

church leadership Jan 27, 2022

It would be fair to guess that someone in your church or someone you know has been going through a deconstruction process.

What is deconstruction and why does it seem like everyone is talking about right now?

And what's the difference between deconversion and deconstruction? And how does this affect our ministries day to day as we're leading our churches?

In this episode, we will dive into all of these questions and aim to get a better understanding of what's going on in our culture right now.

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Your Sermons are NOT Too Long: Study Finds

When it comes to sermon length, how long is too long? How short is too short? Do people care how long the sermon is? Someone should look into this! Well, they did. By "they" I'm talking about a recent survey conducted by Grey Matter.

They discovered what congregants think about a variety of factors affecting preachers from the length of sermons, to asking for tithes and offerings, to dealing with social issues.

There is much in this study for us to discover as preachers. We dive into all of it in this episode of the podcast!

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How to be the Calmest Person in the Room | Lantz Howard

church leadership Dec 20, 2021

In this episode, Lantz Howard of Champion Hope joins me to discuss how to be calm.

In a season of chaos and stress, as leaders we must manage ourselves well. Self-management and self-leadership include training ourselves to be calm even in times of stress.

As 2021 is coming to a close and 2022 is right around the corner, putting into practice what Lantz reveals in this episode will serve you and your ministry well.

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Worship songs don't have the shelf life they used to (Why this matters)

church leadership Dec 09, 2021

According to a recent article in Christianity Today, worship songs do not last as long as they used to.

Thirty years ago a worship song would be sung in church for a decade or more.

These days, that time is cut by two-thirds or more.

Why has this changed and what does it mean for the way we select songs for our congregations?

In this episode, we'll dive into all of the *fun* surrounding music, worship styles and song selection in church.

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Why 38% of Pastors Want to Quit Ministry

church leadership Nov 24, 2021

A recent Barna survey revealed that 38% of pastors want to quit ministry. Many of them would if they had any other way to make a living.

What has led to this trend? Why are so many pastors burned out, tired, frustrated and wanting out?

There are many facets to this, and we'll dive into all of it in this video.

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Three Questions to Ask BEFORE You Preach Any Sermon

sermon prep Nov 04, 2021

When you finish writing a sermon, it's important to make sure it's completely ready to go before you preach it.

But this can be complicated if you don't know what to look for or how to determine if your sermon is complete.

In this episode, I'm going to give you three simple questions you can ask yourself before preaching any message to make sure it's 100% ready to go!

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Mark Driscoll, The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill - Lessons for Pastors

lessons for pastors Oct 21, 2021

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Podcast by Christianity today has been the best podcast to come out in a long time. In it, host, Mike Cosper, profiles the story of Mark Driscoll who rose to prominence as the leader of Mars Hill Church, President of Acts 29 and a #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

The podcast holds nothing back in telling the story - the good and not so good parts of the journey and ultimate fall of Mark and his church.

Listening to this podcast has been a journey for me in itself. I admired Driscoll in my formative years of ministry. He was different, but in the end proved to be the same as so many pastors who have fallen.

From the first ten episodes of the podcast, I have drawn out three important lessons that I believe are important to share with you.

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How to Evaluate Your Own Sermon (Message Prep Checklist #10)

sermon prep Sep 16, 2021

It is important to evaluate every message you preach. Intentional evaluation can keep you from repeating distracting mistakes and help you know what's working in your sermon delivery.

But, many preachers avoid evaluation altogether because there's not enough time or it just feels like a negative process.

In this episode, I'll show you a simple, yet effective, way to quickly evaluate any message and gain the insights you need to make the next one better!

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Preaching MUST-DO'S (Sermon Prep Checklist #9)

sermon prep Aug 26, 2021

When you have prepared your sermon well, it's important to make sure you are just as intentional about the delivery.

How you preach your sermon can either make your hard work come to life or leave you and everyone else wondering what just happened!

In this episode, we'll explore some important must-do's of sermon delivery.

 

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What to put on your sermon handout (Sermon Prep Checklist #8)

sermon prep Aug 19, 2021

Just as important as what people see on the screens when you preach, is what people have in their hands as you preach.

Your handout, bulletin, listening-guide - whatever you call it - should be intentional.

There are three main ways to structure what's on the handout. In this episode, we'll explore all three and I'll let you know which one I think is most effective!

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