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Kingdom Ventures 2014 – Event Wrap Up

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog Post, Doug's Blog, Events, Leadership, News, Resources Blog | Comments Off on Kingdom Ventures 2014 – Event Wrap Up

  Can pastors learn to engage issues that affect people in the real world? Will the church provide vital support for their members at work? Does faith make a difference during the week?! Kingdom Ventures invites us to answer in the affirmative…and our recent conference (May 16 in Walnut Creek) fired the opening salvo. 300 brave souls joined a conversation that is still difficult and somewhat threatening for the church — and a wake-up call to those of us who are uncertain about how faith relates to work. To become Kingdom-focused is to move beyond a church-centric view of...

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Jesus’ Advice on Overcoming Distraction

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Leadership, Resources Blog | Comments Off on Jesus’ Advice on Overcoming Distraction

Almost no one wishes they were busier—that we had more things on our to do list, more places to be, more people to catch up with, more errands to run, or more emails to respond to. No one wants that. Instead, most of us wish life would actually SLOW down, OR that we had more hours in the day, and that we could focus more on the substantial and less on the superficial – not the other way around. If we peel back a layer, I think what we really wish is that we were able to BE MORE PRESENT in our own lives, and less preoccupied. Anybody with me? There’s that voice inside that tells us...

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How Godly Character Makes Us Effective Leaders

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Leadership, Next Gen, Resources, Resources Blog | Comments Off on How Godly Character Makes Us Effective Leaders

Every one of us needs a good dose of godly character to cover the ‘gaps’ of our gifting—the areas where we are obligated to work but not very gifted. Most leadership theory instructs us to address the “gaps” by surrounding ourselves with people who have gifts and talents that compliment us. This is helpful advice, if you can pull it off. But let’s be real – this isn’t always as practical as it sounds when that advice is given. So…I’ve discovered a different more sure-fire way to “cover the gaps.” And I think it’s the way God designed...

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Four Guiding Principles in Learning to Say “NO”

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog Post, Resources Blog | Comments Off on Four Guiding Principles in Learning to Say “NO”

One of the biggest challenges that pastors and other ministry leaders face is the challenge of saying “No.” There are so many demands, usually more than we can handle, but somehow we find ourselves thinking we can take it all on. And then beyond that, even we do want to say “No,” how do we go about having those difficult conversations? How do we know who and how to prioritize? Here are few thoughts to stimulate how you think about that conversation.   1. LIMITS: Remember that you have limits…and that Jesus did too.  Be clear on these limits of time and...

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Changing the Energy of a Room

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Blog Post, Resources Blog | Comments Off on Changing the Energy of a Room

Have you ever wondered how certain leaders whom you admire are able to lead with such force of presence and clarity? Have you ever noticed how that leader relates to others in such a way that she virtually alters people’s moods? Have you ever been curious as to how certain leaders can single-handedly change the vibe of a room? Have you ever envied how easy these people make it look, and yet how they do it still remains a mystery to you?   It may seem elusive as to how people set the tone, but it comes down to one thing: energy.   I’m convinced that every leader has the capacity to...

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Disappointment: Friend or Foe?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 in Blog Post, Resources Blog | Comments Off on Disappointment: Friend or Foe?

Life has a way of keeping us grounded doesn’t it?  There is an overused, yet true expression that says, life is like a roller coaster.  As cliché as it may sound, it does describe the inevitable ups and downs we all experience.   I, for one, am not a big fan of the downs.  Most people aren’t, but some would rather stay in the downs because it is too disappointing to let go of the ups. Are they wrong to live that way?  There is something kind of charming and deep about the melancholy soul who finds beauty in the darkness.  They write great music and paint beautiful art.  They...

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