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This first article in a series of 4 by Ed Stezer explores how each of us plays a critical role in creating a culture where passionate kingdom builders can boldly explore the multiplication opportunities to which they feel called.

April 30, 2014 0 0 comments
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ChapterNext is an organization that works on behalf of both a church's search committee as well as individual pastors. Some might refer to Rev. Dr. Sam Hamstra as either a 'headhunter' or a 'matchmaker.'

March 19, 2014 0 0 comments
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I have heard from quite a few people lately that our churches lack vision. We don't know where we are going and if we do know, we can't agree on how to get there. If you had to choose between a leader who could preach or a preacher who could lead, what would you choose? What does our...

January 3, 2014 0 6 comments
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I don’t know if you’ve ever had a chance to find yourself in a church or organization that is really, really good at leadership development. If you have, you’ll know that one of the marks of these kinds of organization is that they’re constantly losing talent. Churches and organizations that are...

February 6, 2013 0 0 comments
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Male leaders, you are invited to a seminar sponsored by Christian Service Ministries on Thursday, July 19, 7-9 pm at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Oak Lawn.  "Why Churches Struggle to Help Sexual Strugglers...and what can we do about it?" 

New technologies in the past decades have...

July 10, 2012 0 0 comments
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When I was in my final year of seminary in 2010, I had heard that churches weren't allowed to call a pastor until after she/he was approved as a candidate for ministry by Synod. Technically, this is followed. Call letters typically aren't sent until you are officially a candidate. But really......

January 17, 2012 0 3 comments
Q&A

When a pastor leaves a church, for any reason, such as taking a call to another church, retirement, leaving the ministry, what are the implications for the remaining staff at that church?  How do they continue doing ministry?  Do they now have a new "leader?"  Where do they look for direction? ...

September 26, 2011 0 2 comments
Q&A

I am just starting to run meetings at my church and I am definitely looking for advice.

What are your three principles for running a good, two hour vision meeting?

John Burden, Providence Church, Holland Mi

September 5, 2011 0 2 comments
Q&A

I am just wondering if there is a central website where those who are interested in CRC Leadership Development Networks can share best practices and the like when it comes to ministry training.  I would love to hear updates, celebrations, etc. from those who have felt God's call on their lives...

June 23, 2011 0 3 comments
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Covenant Life Church of Grand Haven MI & Great Lakes Urban (GLU), an equipping ministry for both RCA and CRC Urban Churches, have rescheduled their jointly sponsored "Body Building" Practical Leadership Conference on Saturday, 29 October at Covenant Life Church, 101 Columbus, Grand Haven MI...

June 7, 2011 0 0 comments
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The Leadership Exchange of the CRCNA is offering a free, one-day workshop for synodical delegates at Calvin College on June 9, 2011. The workshop is open to the first 75 synodical delegates who register and, upon availability, others in the CRCNA. It will be facilitated by the Malphurs...

April 21, 2011 0 0 comments
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To be council chair or officer can be a daunting and lonely task - especially for your first time.

We are forming an area group of leaders from 6 to 8 local churches. We are seeking input and/or materials to help us be more effective in our roles and to train our replacements and get them...

January 26, 2011 0 4 comments
Resource, Article

When I was a sophomore in college I joined the youth ministry team as an apprentice small group leader. For a whole year I shadowed Sara, the small group leader. I watched how she interacted with the girls—a group of sophomores from a local high school. I listened as she led the Bible study. I...

November 23, 2010 0 0 comments
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Hello,

One prevalent problem in our churches is disappearance of people from age 18 to 30. Even the most active youth group kids seem to go away to college and virtually disappear off of the congregations radar. There are many possible reasons why this, but chief among them has to be that...

October 25, 2010 0 14 comments
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Leadership and ADHD can be a challenge. And when the leader is a pastor, several issues surface.  One is the inability for the pastor to stay organized.  From not remembering to go to meetings -- to losing papers --  to not finishing his sermon until...

September 21, 2010 0 0 comments
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The narcissistic leader is exhausting to work with.  The need to be the centerpiece of every conversation, his fishing for compliments, his need to diminish others so he can feel good about himself are some of what he is about.  If he can’t change...

September 21, 2010 0 0 comments
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Being a people pleaser is not leadership. If you as a pastor or church leader find yourself trying to accommodate nearly every issue that comes your way or you have become a “yessum” to nearly every question or concern by others, reevaluating your need to be liked is a must.

There is no way...
September 20, 2010 0 0 comments
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When our denominational leadership, local pastors, and church leaders breach confidentiality, slander, gossip, defame, libel, abuse children, sexually misconduct themselves, invade privacy, use undue influence or do any other forms of abuse of power, there must be concern. When those responsible...
September 18, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

This site takes a broader look at church leadership. Those involved in church leadership on a variety of fronts will find valuable samples, downloads, training tools, and opportunities to connect with other leaders. Small Group leaders will especially like the tab, "Mentor and Disciple."

May 25, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

Duke Divinity School has a wide-ranging website that highlights several areas of interest to pastors.

February 8, 2010 0 0 comments
Resource, Website

Christianity Today has developed this site with many helpful resources.

January 9, 2010 0 0 comments

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