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5 blemished Truths About The Church

5 blemished Truths About The Church While celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, both husband and wife were urged to give testimonies to gathered family and friends. He said the usual thing: “The best two words I ever learned  were, ‘Yes, Dear!’” She was a little more profound.  “One of the things that has made our marriage last so long,” she …

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5 Things Leaders Do To Get Things Done

5 Things Leaders Do To Get Things Done Bob was great at talking, but not so much at doing. He could wax eloquent about his vision for projects (e.g., setting up missional communities, creating a prayer chapel, and starting a men’s ministry), but it was mostly talk. It turns out that many church leaders are better at vision casting than …

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Deeply Satisfied-Andy Bossardet

“Deeply Satisfied” Andy wrote on Facebook: “I am deeply satisfied and filled with profound hope for their churches and the Church.” These are the words of Rev. Andy Bossardet, who recently finished teaching a CLC distance learning course. Class members were from Michigan (Charlevoix, Lansing, Wyoming), Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Wisconsin (Sheboygan), and Iowa (Spencer). His full Facebook entry reads, …

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Our Leader Rode A Donkey

Our Leader Rode A Donkey Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday.  The event takes place during a time when Roman leaders mounted steeds and stallions and Jewish leaders proceeded with pomp and pageantry, yet our leader rode a donkey. Excerpts from the Palm Sunday story include Jesus instructing two disciples, “’Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you …

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Leaders Show No Fear

Leaders Show No Fear We were with a tour group and needed to cross a busy street in Rome. If you’ve been to Rome, you understand. Big cars, little cars, smart cars, scooters of every sort, and a plethora of tourist buses. The simple act of crossing the street can be a life or death experience. The 57 in our …

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6 Easy Ways to Change a Church’s Culture

6 Easy Ways to Change a Church’s Culture How is it that some churches are friendly and others are not, some churches are outgoing and others are inwardly-focused, some churches are intent on multiplying themselves while others are self-serving? It has to do with their organizational culture. In the same way that each individual has his or her own personality …

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“How can we get more leaders like these in our churches?”

“How can we get more leaders like these in our churches?” Last week, four candidates were being examined by Zeeland Classis in order to become Commissioned Pastors.  Jose Duran is a church planter, Ken Kleinheksel and Steve Martin provide congregational care, and Craig Hoekstra specializes in men’s ministry. In addition to being asked questions by the meeting chairperson, Elders and …

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Church Planters Travel Light

Church Planters Travel Light We were able to disembark early from the cruise ship if we hauled off our own luggage. Not a big deal. My wife had a purse and a carry-on case. I had a small backpack, a carry-on, and a mid-sized suitcase. Our departure wasn’t too bad. It just involved a little wrestling with the cases, which …

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Do be do be do Leadership

Do be do be do Leadership To do is to be – Plato To be is to do – Aristotle To know is to be – Aquinas Do be do be do – Frank Sinatra The above are generally accepted and mostly unsubstantiated maxims. The one quote that can be documented is Frank Sinatra’s “Do be do be do.” It …

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Developing Missional Churches

Developing Missional Churches The members of a Classis Commissioned Pastor Support Team were talking about their appreciation for the work of Church Leadership Center. One member said, “CLC provides quality, missionally minded leadership.” Later in the discussion, someone referred to CLC as “launching missionally minded, equipped people into ministry.” These are affirming words. We work at having a missional perspective. …