Learning from the greatest coaches

One place few pastors look for leadership wisdom is in the realm of coaching. I love reading books by coaches. Books by John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre and others are a part of my library. Some of the best leadership lesson I’ve gleaned over the years have been from coaches — my […]

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Contemplative practices gaining with youth, young adults

By Jeff Brumley ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — Some contemplative spiritual practices may be as old as Christianity itself, but they are increasingly attracting younger generations hungry for alternatives to contemporary, flashy worship. Case in point: portions of an international Taizé pilgrimage hosted by First Baptist Church of Austin, TX, this weekend are open only to […]

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Global Christian Business Leaders Conference on September 21-25, 2014

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — Christian Newswire  — The Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI) will host its 35th annual Global Business Leaders Conference on September 21-25 at the Ritz-Carlton, 4735 Amelia Island Parkway. With the theme “Run to Win,” the event will feature a mix of keynote addresses, breakout sessions, praise and worship, prayer, […]

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In WikiWorship, church members help edit the sermon

By Amanda Greene WILMINGTON, N.C. / (RNS) — Turning part of the message over to church members is the concept behind a new worship model called WikiWorship. Yes, that’s wiki as in Wikipedia. It was developed by the Rev. Philip Chryst, pastor of a United Methodist mission in Wilmington, as part of an evangelism course […]

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White House, faith leaders, discuss disability

By Bob Allen ASSOCIATED BAPTIST PRESS — American Baptist Home Mission Societies was among 16 faith groups represented at a White House meeting March 10 on issues including support within the religious community for a U.N. disability treaty opposed by conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Members of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition  joined staff […]

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5 levels of church disasters

She was adamant about going through with the baptism. I tried to convince her to put it off a week. The heating element in the baptistery had gone out. It was January. The morning’s temperature was somewhere below zero. It wasn’t a crisis, but it felt like it. We spent the Bible study hour boiling […]

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Do you believe in those you’re leading?

People are led best by people who believe in them.

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Community Bible Church launches new Roku channel and free mobile app

CHRISTIAN NEWSWIRE / SAN ANTONIO — Community Bible Church (CBC), an interdenominational church that has developed a massive worldwide following thanks to online outreach, is now connecting with followers in two innovative ways: a new video channel accessible using Roku streaming media players, and a free mobile app with a host of updated features, now available […]

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eBay Sunday springs forward March 9

When churches go from PayPal to “PlanterPal” When churches go from PayPal to “PlanterPal” CHRISTIAN NEWSWIRE / ST. JOSEPH, MI — What does a church on Sunday morning have to do with eBay? Hopefully plenty, says Kevin Hester, an SBC church planter at The Shore Church in St. Joseph, MI. His vision is not to see […]

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At 10, Facebook making major ministry impact

By Jeff Brumley Associated Baptist Press — Facebook turned 10 this month, eliciting countless articles and blogs about the cultural, personal and technological changes the world’s most popular social media site has generated in the past decade. But another area of major impact is faith. These days it’s a challenge to find a church, faith-based […]

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