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Starting Small…Staying Small (Feature Friday 09/13/19)

Like every leader, I see growth as a good thing. I want the areas I lead to grow. I desire to see an upward and to the right trend year over year. However, that is not always reality. There are many causes for why organisms and organizations don’t grow, but many of those obstacles to growth can be removed.

While getting bigger is not intrinsically better, if I, as a church leader, am going to reach a community, growth is a healthy desire. Therefore, I must pay attention to factors that can not merely cause growth, but also those that may hinder growth. This is what Carey Nieuwhof’s article “Why Most Churches That Start Small…Stay Small.”

Even if you are not a church leader, Nieuwhof covers realities that apply to any organization and one’s that every leader to should be aware and attentive to. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. Enjoy the article and I’d love to hear your feedback or response in the comments below!

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Feature Friday (09/15/17)

It was an awesome experience. I had just left a group where I was so encouraged that I could not stop asking myself, “why did I enjoy my time with that group so much?” The more I thought about it the more I realized it was because of one person. The majority of my time that evening was spent with this one man. He had asked alot about me and my family. He was not offended when we disagreed. This man was excited about all the things going on in his life, not the things he was missing out on. But most obvious was his joy and love for Jesus.

After my interaction with that man and others like him, I realized what they all had…spiritual maturity. But how do you recognize spiritual maturity? What does it look like to be mature spiritually? What are tangible traits of mature Christians? Bill Hull gives us “3 Characteristics of Spiritual Maturity“. Enjoy the read, aim for maturity, and pray for transformation.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (4/17/15)

green-investments-537x357Investing, whether you do it or not, we all think it is a good idea. But a greater question than just, “Are you investing?” needs to be asked. What is this question? I think the better question is, “What are you investing in?” However, I am not speaking of monetary investment alone. I think there is a greater investing we must do as parents, teachers, and leaders. This article asks an important question and reveals some grave realities when it comes to checking our investments. While the article is written with parenting in view, the principles can be applied to discipleship, leadership, and almost any other area where we may want to invest.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (4/11/14)

Hands Holding a Seedling and SoilGrowth! It is something that is inevitable in every area of our lives. However, the determining factor is what we are growing in. One area of my life I hope to never stop growing in is being a better man, husband, and father. In desiring to grow in this area I am often reading blog posts and other articles about how to improve as a man, spouse, and dad (specifically as a Christian man, husband, and father). This week’s feature Friday is short, sweet, and to the point in addressing “How to be a Man at Home“.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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