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Matt Steen has been shared in 13 public circles

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Jessica Clark-McDowell11,942I haven't shared a circle in a while so I'm going to share my 2 favorite (this one is my Christian one) circles for my friend +John Stinnett who is new to G+... And, all of you should add him too :)2013-05-25 14:07:01327405CC G+
Midas Gordon-Farleigh0A public circle of Christians on G+. Share and encourage each other! #Christian   #sharedcircles  2012-12-06 18:48:34501211CC G+
AJ Durling05) The fifth of today's circle shares - G+ ChristiansThese are people who, from time to time, share some useful, edifying, thought-provoking and amusing musings on Christianity. Most of them simply add these nuggets into already interesting streams on many other subjects, too.Again, if you like this, feel free to share it. If not, feel free to ignore it.Notable mentions: +Tim Young  +BJ Hewitt +Kevin Minnett +Brian Hoch +James Shiels +Theophilus Ibn Iakobos +Tre Lawrence +Justin Reeve +Keith Tackel  +Jeff Abel +Aaron Downs +Jorge Bessa +K.C. Hartman  +Adrian Warnock  +Rob Lamont  +Kevin Adams +Jeff Abramovitz  +Nathan DiGesare  +2012-10-19 15:26:4522018412CC G+
Mark Smith (Marcus T)4,213#Christian  Christian Group 1 of 2Good morning everyone!  I hope you already have all of these wonderful folks in your circles... but just in case you don't... here you go!Please reshare if you like it!2012-08-04 13:37:57401643CC G+
Tim Young1,428Wanted to share a circle of G+'ers who share commentary about being a follow of #Jesus Christ. Enjoy ;)2012-05-30 16:17:21453504CC G+
Mark Spencer435Made some updates to my circle and thought I would share it with all of you. If you would like to be added to the circle, let me know.2012-05-19 14:11:39500401CC G+
Mark Smith (Marcus T)2,778Christian Circle 2 of 2Sharing this circle a second of three times just to try to get it out to as many as may be interested. Good evening everyone!Oh, and if you're Christian and not in this or circle # 1 (just shared), please do let me know and I'll adjust.Also feel free to reshare it out with all of YOUR Christian circles too. Woot!Hope you all have a great weekend!+Best Shared Circle +The Best Circles on Google+ +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Shared a circle with you +Shared a Circle with you +SharedCircles +Public Circles +Shared Circles Google+ +G+ Shared Circles Directory for Pages2012-05-05 02:31:011227110CC G+
Mark Smith (Marcus T)2,765Yay again! Here is circle two of the Christians I know of here on G+. If you are reading this, are Christian, and are not in this OR the first circle (just posted a minute ago)... then my apologies. Again, please just reply and let me know and I'll get you added right away. I'll be sharing both of these circles a couple more times over the next couple of days!2012-05-04 14:40:59116815CC G+
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Tim Young1,042This is my circle of folks who follow Jesus Christ, it includes people of all backgrounds, geography and denomination, etc. Pass it along and expand the community ;)If you wish to be removed from the circle please let me know.#add #share #reshare #follow #circle #circles #follower #followers2012-03-23 19:25:42426145CC G+
Jessica Clark-McDowell4,517It's been a while since I've shared a circle so I wanted to share this one for those who are new to my page and would like to get connected with other Christians on G+2012-02-26 03:43:39378537CC G+
Ryan Bitters0Here is my favorite circle "Christians" that I felt needed to be shared with everyone who is looking for some more believers to add to their own circles.2011-12-12 13:32:52500603CC G+
Chris Morgan0Its been an crazy explosive week, with the plethora of circles being shared. I'm still getting organized, having circled 3500 google plussers this week. I'll start sharing more circles as I consolidate more. Here is my current Christian circle.Chris Morgan shared a circle with you.2011-10-15 13:24:472051825CC G+


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2014-02-20 04:40:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

this is fantastic

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2013-12-03 13:43:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Are YOU a journaler?

My friend +Adam Feldman just released a fantastic tool for church leaders looking to help their congregation looking to lean into the discipline of journaling. Yesterday he sat down with me to tell me about his new book, and to show off his beard. Check out the interview, and learn how you can get a free copy of Adam's new book!

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2013-11-26 13:01:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

On Friday the Pastoral Housing Allowance was declared unconstitutional

This raises many questions for churches, pastors, and their families. +Todd Rhoades and I asked Mike Batts, of Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, to sit down with us and help us understand this ruling means for churches and pastors. 

Check out the conversation below:

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2013-11-20 13:36:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

A pretty big change is happening for Theresa and I...

Here we go, next part of the journey starts now.

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2013-11-15 16:03:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Is YOUR church ready for year end?

In the last entry into our three part series, +Jeremy Moore shares what churches need to be thinking about when it comes to budgeting for 2014.

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2013-11-12 13:45:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

All the leadership goodness, none of the bathroom lines...

Today is the first day of Leadership Network's The Nines conference. This online conference invites over 100 speakers, over the course of two days, to share what is working. Here is what I love about the conference, and what Larry Osborne is sharing.

Check it out:

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2013-11-06 13:51:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Beware of minor moral compromises...

Today's conversation is with +Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International, and author of the book The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. In a fascinating conversation, Peter shares about the risks involved in doing good work, and is a conversation that every church leader needs to check out. And besides, where else will you hear from a guy that survived an attempted kidnapping by a Silverback Gorilla?

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2013-11-04 14:58:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Our metrics define what we create...

What makes this tricky in the church world is that a churches metrics are often unspoken.

What is YOUR church's most important metric?

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2013-11-01 12:53:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

It's time to get serious about year end...

Today is November 1, year end is now 60 days away. If you haven't started to prepare for year end, it is time to do so. Today I am sharing part one of three on what churches need to be thinking through for year end this year. Today I have a conversation with +Brad Leeper about year end giving, and what it takes to manage that well.

Are YOU ready for year end?

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2013-10-31 19:07:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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2013-10-28 13:32:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Do you have a through line?

Curtis Martin doesn't like football.
He doesn't like running either.

Would it surprise you to know that he is an NFL Hall of Famer? Curtis knew the value of having a through line: a bigger reason for his being a football player. It works the same way for church leaders.

What is YOUR through line?

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2013-10-23 12:54:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Is YOUR church magnetic?

+Bob Franquiz realized that while his church plant was growing, it really wasn't attracting the unchurched. Over the course of the next several years he began to reshape his church's culture into one that was far more welcoming to the world around it. Today, +Todd Rhoades and I sit down with Bob to hear his story, learn about his new book, and gain insight onto how to reshape a church's culture.

What are you not willing to do to reach the lost?

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2013-10-11 12:10:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

They'll know we are Christians by our... witty marketing campaigns?

Perhaps I am just being cranky...but this kind of irritates me. Answers in Genesis recently launched a billboard campaign that simply says "To all our atheist friends: Thank God you're wrong." 

Is this really what we want to known by?

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2013-10-09 12:53:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Churches can Learn a lot from a Nuclear Submarine

In this week's Ministry Briefing Conversation, +Todd Rhoades and I are joined by David Marquet, author of the book Turn the Ship Around, and a recognized expert in the craft of changing organizational culture. Check out what David has to say to leaders looking to revitalize a church, and what he learned about leadership in his 25 year navy career.

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2013-10-07 13:04:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Tell me YOUR job description in one sentence...

Can you do it? 

If not, it probably has more to say about your lack of clarity than your workload. 

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2013-09-26 12:20:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

What is YOUR most important ministry tool?

A simple reflection on a recent interview coupled with a question that might not be so simple...

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2013-09-25 13:56:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

This is something I am pretty excited about

I admit it. I have had a bit of a man crush on +Todd Henry for quite a while. I think that the way he approaches the life of the creative (and yes, if you are a church leader, you are a creative) is something that the church world needs to embrace _before we burn ourselves out. Todd's new book, Die Empty, releases tomorrow. Today, we are releasing a recent conversation that we had with Todd about creating healthy rhythms, staying fresh, and why he wrote his new new book.

How are YOU staying fresh in ministry?

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2013-09-24 12:50:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Last weekend I was on a retreat led by Bob Roberts Jr....

It was incredible to hear the stories of how God has used Northwood Church to impact the entire world, and how it all came about. Here are my three takeaways from the weekend:

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2013-09-20 12:35:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

16,000 Ministries are at risk of losing nonprofit status this year

Is your's one? Take a few minutes, do the search, and find out. Don't let paperwork non-compliance limit your ministry effectiveness.

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2013-09-18 16:29:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

10 years ago same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada

Today, my friend +Todd Rhoades and I speak with my friend Andrew Lamme, director of Toronto Church Planting, and someone who has extensive ministry experience in Canada. In today's conversation, Andrew shares some of his experiences with us, and what has worked, and hasn't worked, in this environment. As the United States continues to move in this direction, we think this conversation will help pastors and church leaders be prepared for what is coming.

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2013-09-17 12:20:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Would people describe your leadership style as doing it to them, or with them?

One of the most important pieces of advice I pass along to the pastors I coach is to slow down. It can be tough, there is much to do, but to go too fast can cause bigger problems in your ministry than not changing things at all.

How do YOU approach change?

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2013-09-17 02:39:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

In the 1960's a FBC Oxford got it horribly wrong. In 2013 they got it right

There are so many stories of churches making horrible decisions, leaders going off the reservation in a bad way, and denominations doing goofy things that I thought this was a story worth sharing. FBC Oxford, Mississippi recently formally apologized to Oxford's Second Baptist Church for the racist policies that the church adopted in the sixties. This is the kind of thing that we don't see enough of, but when it happens, it gets me excited to see what the Holy Spirit will do as a result of the decision.

Would YOU church have the guts to do this?

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2013-09-12 16:01:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

What can the church learn from the Commandant of the Marine Corps?

A lot, apparently. General Charles Krulak, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, and originator of "Krulak's Law" was known for his views on winning the hearts and minds of occupied countries. Krulak's law states: Soldiers in the field interacting with local people are the most important element of nation building and counterinsurgency. So how does this relate to the church? The people whom your guests interact with the most, determine whether they will return in the future.

How do YOU choose who interacts with your visitors?

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2013-09-11 13:00:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

We talk a lot about the Religious Nones...

But what do we know about them? Are they a monolithic block?
My friend +Todd Rhoades  and I sat down with Thomas Coleman and Christopher Silver, the researchers behind the study defining the Six Types of Atheists. We asked them to share their findings with us, what surprised them, and what they would like to share with the evangelical community.

Click the link below and let us know what you think!

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2013-09-10 15:10:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Last night, I had a choice: cry in my pillow, or find a takeaway from the Skins' loss

Today, I am taking a lesson from my friend +Brian Dodd and trying to redeem the disgrace that was the Redskins vs Eagles game last night. You may not be a football fan, but there were three takeaways from last night's game that leaders would be wise to heed.

Are YOU rusty?
Are YOU building synergy?
Are YOU preparing?

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2013-09-09 17:55:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

*Been thinking about this a bunch lately... *

When Paul finishes up his first letter to Timothy, he gives him some crucial pieces of advice... but it isn't the advice that most people would expect. Paul doesn't give tips and tactics for pastoring well or preaching better... he tells Timothy to care for his soul.

How are YOU intentionally caring for your soul today?

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2013-09-06 16:17:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Waiting until Thanksgiving to plan out a church's year end giving strategy is much too late... here are three things that you need to be thinking about now.

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2013-08-05 12:57:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

My friend +Todd Rhoades  and I have been working on Ministry Briefing since the beginning of the year. For those who are not familiar with what we are doing, each month we summarize and link to over two hundred stories that church leaders will find helpful. We include studies, news stories, blog posts, and all sorts of other information that you may have missed through the course of the month. We have found that there is so much information out there that it is hard to sift through all the junk in order to find the pieces that are helpful as we lead. It was with this in mind that we created Ministry Briefing. Our readers have found it to be a great time saver, and a valuable resource for sermon illustrations, spotting trends, and keeping in the know.

This month’s edition is our best yet, and I think you will find it to be immensely helpful in the weeks to come. Here are three of the storiesth... more »

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2013-08-05 12:05:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Most churches say they want to make disciples...

But how many of them can really define what that looks like in their unique context? Or, a better question:

If I am not a Christ follower, and I show up in YOUR church every Sunday for the next five years... what will be true about my life?

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2013-07-01 17:40:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

This morning we released the July edition of Ministry Briefing... we are pretty excited about it! This month has over 250 stories that church leaders need to know about...

The link below shares three sample posts, as well as the table of contents for this month... check it out, and let us know what you think!

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2013-06-23 00:52:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Burning stuff in the back yard

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2013-06-11 19:00:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

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2013-04-10 14:12:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Do church leaders get enough time off?

This morning we talk about a piece from +Scott Williams blog about pastors and time off: how much is enough, and what is too little? Over the course of the conversation (and this is a long one) we also hit on a few other important conversations for church leaders: how stressful is ministry, how much vacation do we deserve, and what do we do about frustrated staff members?

How does YOUR church handle vacation time?

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2013-04-08 15:05:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

How would YOUR church react to being broken into?

Today, we are going to go all Paul Harvey on you. Last month a story broke about a Long Island pastor who subdued a burglar until police arrived. The story was front page news out here, and made the news around the country. However, some incedibly cool things have come about since this story broke... today, we share the rest of the story:

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2013-04-05 13:33:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

What?!?!?

I may not have been the best student, but I know I would have remembered my theology professors talking about the $273 Super-Natural, Double Portion Miracle. Maybe I missed class that day? In this morning's Ministry Briefing we may be slightly sarcastic as we discuss a recent news piece on Todd Coontz, of Rock Wealth International Ministries.

Help us out... are we off-base?

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2013-04-04 14:49:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

This begs an interesting question...

CJ Mahaney has been under fire for a while now. A sabbatical to deal with pride issues, conflict within Sovereign Grace, and now a child sexual abuse trial aimed at offences from early on in SGM's ministry. Add to that Brent Detwiler calling on SBC and T4G leaders to stop enabling his sin. Detwiler's call begs a difficult question for ministry leaders:

How do we interact with fellow ministry leaders involved in scandals?

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2013-04-02 16:09:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Learn this lesson now...

From April's Ministry Briefing: A Cocoa, Fl. church is in the middle of a fight with their former pastor over the parsonage. Upon retirement, the church gave the pastor use of the parsonage for life, as a way to honor him for his 53 years of service. What they did not expect was for him to move out, and allow other family members to move in. Sometimes the "spirit" of an agreement does NOT match the wording...

How would YOU handle this?

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2013-04-01 17:36:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

WARNING: Blatant sales pitch ahead

I won't apologize for pushing Ministry Briefing pretty hard today. Why? Because I am convinced it is a great tool for busy church leaders. This month we have summarized over 150 articles, studies, and blog posts that church leaders will find helpful, and will be giving away a Chromebook to a yearly subscriber. 

Click through for a look inside, and to find out more

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2013-04-01 14:32:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

I think this is the best thing since sliced bread...

Today my friend +Todd Rhoades and I launched the April edition of Ministry Briefing, a resource we believe every church leader should check out. This morning we took a few minutes to discuss why we are so excited about Ministry Briefing, and our crazy plan to give away a FREE Chromebook.

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2013-03-29 14:23:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

An interesting statement from Tim Keller

Tim Keller, while participating in an event at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, made an interesting statement regarding the current marriage debate: "you can believe homosexuality is a sin and still believe that same-sex marriage should be legal." This marks the first time that either of us have heard someone of Keller's stature bring this up in the public discourse.

Is this a conversation that needs to be had?

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2013-03-28 14:33:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

An interesting paraphrase, to say the least...

A Birmingham church recently launched a billboard campaign, putting an ad up next to a "gentleman's club" that said:

Strip for me
-Jesus

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this one:

Would YOUR church do something like this?

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2013-03-27 16:13:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

People are busy!

Scheduling meetings can be a little tricky these days, as people's calendars continue to fill up. While one on one meetings can be tough, getting together with a group is even more insane. Here are the tools that I am currently using, I'd love to know what you use.

How do YOU handle scheduling?

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2013-03-27 14:03:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

59% of Americans have no church plans for Easter Sunday

+Ed Stetzer released a poll yesterday that suggests 20% of Americans are undecided about whether they will be in church on Easter, and 39% know that they will not be. In this morning's Ministry Briefing conversation we talk about two possible meanings of this study, and what churches need to learn from this.

What are YOU anticipating Easter Sunday attendance will be?

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2013-03-26 16:47:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Do you give people a reason to discount you?

Have you had a conversation with a church leader that limits their ability to minister through the way they describe themselves? "Well, I never went to seminary..." or "I'm just not gifted to lead well..." or something of the sort? Something tells me that the Holy Spirit would not entrust the care and shepherding of the Bride of Christ to just anyone... so maybe we should start accepting the fact that we have been created to pursue the calling we have been given.

How do YOU handle negative self-talk?

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2013-03-25 17:00:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Succession planning is the elephant in the room for many churches

The only church that doesn't need to have the succession planning conversation is the church that plans to shut down after their pastor leaves. So much time, energy, and momentum is lost due to bad transitions, that it makes me wonder why more churches aren't proactively having the conversation now. This is why I am so excited about a great tool for churches on thinking through transition. Tomorrow, Leadership Network will have a conference that will help kill the elephant in the room.

How does YOUR church approach succession planning?

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2013-03-22 12:12:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Much ado about nothing?

If you've been watching The Bible on the HIstory Channel, perhaps you saw the appearance of Satan... which looks strikingly similar to President Barack Obama. The creators of the show claim that this is merely a coincidence, but speculation has run wild.

Do YOU think this was a coincidence?

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2013-03-21 22:30:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

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2013-03-21 15:08:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Maybe you really DON'T have a leadership shortage...

I have had countless conversations with church leaders who have one major complaint: a lack of available leaders in their church. Last week, +Rich Birch suggested on his blog that God has given your church all the leaders it needs... you just need to know where to look. This morning we unpack that statement, and share our experiences in finding leaders.

Where does YOUR church find key leaders?

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2013-03-20 19:09:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Have you heard of Boomerang?

Email can be a pain at times, and I have often struggled with keeping up with all the loose ends of projects, and figuring out whether team mates have handled their piece of a project. I recently discovered Boomerang for Gmail and it has seriously changed the way that I approach email. With the ability to remind me of of deadlines and unresponded to emails, it has simplified my work flow pretty significantly.

How do YOU manage email?

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2013-03-20 12:21:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Jack Schaap gets sentenced today...

This whole situation is terrible, and it is easy to say it'll never happen to me... but keep in mind that no one wakes up saying I want to blow up my family and ministry today. This morning we talk about the critical lessons we need to learn from this situation.

What have YOU learned through this?

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