Passive VS. Active Language (Which is Better When Making Announcements?)

church leadership Mar 23, 2021

In this video, we'll explore how to make sure that our communication is leading toward next steps. To do this we have to be careful that we are using the right language in our calls to action.

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Lori Morrow on How to Equip Believers to Understand and Defend Their Faith

church leadership Mar 18, 2021

Equipping our people with the tools they need to understand and defend their faith is an ongoing task we have as pastors.

Many people in our churches do not know how to their faith stands up to skeptics. Sadly, this can result in Christians who do not know how to respond when their children reject the faith because they can't reconcile it with post-modern thought.

On this week's episode of the Preaching Donkey Podcast, apologist Lori Morrow joins me to discuss her ministry to women which seeks to help them live out and speak about their Christian convictions with confidence and courage, so they no longer have to feel frustrated or intimidated by the influence of our increasingly secular society.

There is so much packed into this interview, and I know you're going to benefit from it.

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What Pastors Can Learn from Stewart-Allen Clark's Fatal Flaws

church leadership Mar 16, 2021

Pastor Steward-Allen Clark has made headlines the last few weeks following a sermon he gave in February which included a lot of offensive, inflammatory statements about women.

He has since stepped away on leave from his position at his church and is seeking counseling.

Much has already been said about this issue, but I want to focus on two fatal flaws within his preaching that we should learn from and avoid in our own preaching.

I'll show you what he said and focus on what I believe are the two most important things we can learn from it as pastors and preachers.

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Rodney Arnold on Church Planting, Sermon Prep & Developing Communicators

Rodney Arnold, Lead Pastor of OneLife Church, joins me for episode eighteen of the Preaching Donkey Podcast.

He shares his experience planting a church in Knoxville, TN in 2009. He has some incredible insights for aspiring church planters on how to cast a compelling vision to your launch team and keep that vision alive.

We also dive into sermon prep including the importance of using tension and asking questions to make the sermon more of a dialogue than a monologue.

Rodney also shares how he intentionally pours into the next generation of preachers and speakers by developing up and coming communicators.

There is a TON of insights and practical tactics in this episode. I think you're really going to love it!

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Church Planting Vs Revitalization (Which is Better?)

church leadership Feb 25, 2021

Should we plant new churches or revitalize existing ones?

Spoiler alert: both have challenges and both have advantages. However, church planting is not for everyone just like revitalization is not for everyone.

I've been directly involved with church revitalization and have also been loosely involved with church planting. I know enough about both to know that either option requires a commitment to stick it out through set backs and wins alike.

In this episode, we'll explore this question by looking at the pros and cons of both church planting and revitalization because there are definitely challenges and advantages to both.

If you are exploring a calling to do either, this episode will give you some things to consider on both sides.

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Here's Why We MUST Talk about Ravi Zacharias

church leadership Feb 23, 2021

A great deal has been said the last couple weeks about Ravi Zacharias and his abuse allegations, subsequent investigation and fallout.

Much lies in the wake of his sin... countless abuse survivors, a tattered reputation of RZIM and the frustration and sadness many Christians feel about yet another fallen leader.

I released a video last week giving my thoughts on how we can respond to this situation and work to protect against abuse in our own churches and organizations.

Some responded to that video by saying I should not talk about Ravi Zacharias because:

1) He cannot defend himself.
2) It damages RZIM.
3) It damages the reputation of Christianity.

I feel it's important to respond to these critiques because I want to shed light on the importance of talking about these things in light of the potential dangers.

I think the results of NOT talking about it are far more damaging.

I'll explain everything in this video.

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Eric Skwarczynski on Protecting Your Church from Abuse and Dealing with it Appropriately

church leadership Feb 18, 2021

On this episode, I'm joined by Eric Skwarczynski, host of the Preacher Boys Podcast, who shares from his experience of interviewing dozens of survivors of church-related abuse.

He gives solid principles to help protect your church from abuse and predatory people who wish to do harm. He also discusses the importance of accountability and good policy in abuse prevention.

Finally, we discuss how to respond if allegations of abuse are brought to light or if you suspect something is going on in your church that is inappropriate.

These are important realities that every church leader should aware of and prepared to handle. We'll get into all of it in this episode.

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Ravi Zacharias Investigation Findings (Three VITAL Lessons for Church Leaders)

church leadership Feb 16, 2021

If you've been following the Ravi Zacharias investigation into, what is now, multiple abuse and sexual misconduct allegations, you know how troubling this situation is for so many.

Zacharias' organization, RZIM, was the foremost organization for providing world-class Christian apologetics resources. And Ravi sat atop that organization as a beaming example of how to engage skeptics with thoughtful, considered answers to some of the toughest theological and spiritual questions.

This is why this fallout and subsequent investigation has been so horrendous for us to discover over these last several months because it shatters the trust and confidence we had in Zacharias and RZIM as authoritative figures in Christianity.

This is why it is so important that we learn what we can from this awful situation in hopes that we may prevent these sort of abuses from happening under our watch.

In this video I walk through the findings from the independent investigation into RZIM and the actions of...

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Ron Edmondson on Leading with Vision, Creating Culture and The Importance of Words When Preaching

church leadership Feb 04, 2021

Ron Edmondson joins me for episode fourteen of the Preaching Donkey Podcast. He shares his experience of leading with vision, creating culture and the importance of words when preaching or casting vision.

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SBC President, JD Greear's Summit Church launches inquiry into past actions of Bryan Loritts

church leadership Jan 26, 2021

The President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), JD Greear, is also the Lead Pastor at the Summit Church in Durham, NC. They have launched an inquiry into the past actions of one of their pastors, Bryan Loritts.

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