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preaching article Pit Stops Required - Part 2
Pit Stops Required - Part 2
Shared By: Lance Witt on January 16, 2017
Summary: Leaders who stay spiritually healthy long term are those who learn this sacred rhythm of advance and retreat.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Pit Stops Required- Part 1
Pit Stops Required- Part 1
Shared By: Lance Witt on January 9, 2017
Summary: Many pastors and ministry leaders soar through life at breakneck speed. They give every outward appearance of being on course, cruising on autopilot.
preaching article The Clock is Ticking
The Clock is Ticking
Shared By: Lance Witt on January 2, 2017
Summary: 2017 is a clean canvas that God puts in our hands and with His help we can paint a beautiful picture this coming year.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Romans 13:11-12
preaching article Courageous Conversations - Part 2
Courageous Conversations - Part 2
Shared By: Lance Witt on December 26, 2016
Summary: Here is my track record. Hundreds of times I have talked myself out of having a courageous conversation. EVERY time I have finally had the courageous conversation, I walked away wishing I had done it sooner.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: James 1:5
preaching article How to Enjoy Christmas as a Pastor
How to Enjoy Christmas as a Pastor
Shared By: Lance Witt on December 19, 2016
Summary: About 3 years ago, it was the very end of December and I was not in a good place. I was frustrated and honestly I was mad at myself. Our schedule had been out of control and I was worn out.
preaching article Courageous Conversations - Part 1
Courageous Conversations - Part 1
Shared By: Lance Witt on December 12, 2016
Summary: When it comes to correction, rebuke, or confrontation, to say it’s uncomfortable is a massive understatement. The truth is, pastors avoid it at all costs. That has certainly been true of me.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article It's All About the Groom
It's All About the Groom
Shared By: Lance Witt on December 5, 2016
Summary: In a healthy church Jesus is the most famous person. He gets the most airtime, he is the most talked about, and he is clearly center stage.
preaching article The Power of Simplicity - Part 2
The Power of Simplicity - Part 2
Shared By: Lance Witt on November 28, 2016
Summary: This option overload poignantly illustrates the increasing complexity of our world. It begs the question “in a world that is increasing in speed and complexity, how do we move toward simplicity?"
preaching article The Power of Simplicity… Part 1
The Power of Simplicity… Part 1
Shared By: Lance Witt on November 21, 2016
Summary: I really do believe that many of the people you pastor are looking for simplicity.
Scripture: none
preaching article Words Create Worlds… Part 2
Words Create Worlds… Part 2
Shared By: Lance Witt on November 14, 2016
Summary: It’s not just what you say, but how you say it.
preaching article Words Create Worlds… Part 1
Words Create Worlds… Part 1
Shared By: Lance Witt on November 7, 2016
Summary: As a leader, your words carry more weight and they have more staying power. Your words get amplified and magnified.
preaching article Leading in Times of Uncertainty
Leading in Times of Uncertainty
Shared By: Lance Witt on October 31, 2016
Summary: Frustration and anger are pervasive throughout our culture. Underlying the anger and emotion is a deep fear. These are uncertain times and people feel it.
preaching article Does Your Soul Have a Backbone?
Does Your Soul Have a Backbone?
Shared By: Lance Witt on October 24, 2016
Summary: Over the last few years my single most consistent prayer has been for spiritual courage.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article The One Time Jesus Prayed for You (Part 2)
The One Time Jesus Prayed for You (Part 2)
Shared By: Lance Witt on October 17, 2016
Summary: “What does true “unity” look like practically? If Jesus’ prayer was answered, what would be the evidence?”
preaching article The One Time Jesus Prayed for You (Part 1)
The One Time Jesus Prayed for You (Part 1)
Shared By: Lance Witt on October 10, 2016
Summary: Unity is not passive, it is active. And if we are going to experience it, we have to work for it.
preaching article We Need A Theology of Rest
We Need A Theology of Rest
Shared By: Lance Witt on October 3, 2016
Summary: You don’t have to be running at an insane pace to be running on empty. I think the primary issue here isn’t the size of your ministry or the pace of your ministry. The PRIMARY issue has to do with the health of your soul (your interior life).
preaching article When God Stiff-Arms a Pastor
When God Stiff-Arms a Pastor
Shared By: Lance Witt on September 26, 2016
Summary: God delights to show His favor. He longs to pour out His Spirit. He is a God of lavish grace. But if you want to see God remove His favor and hold back His Spirit and shut off the spigot, just introduce pride. I have a growing awareness of how much pride has been and is in my life. It’s been a constant companion for more than fifty years. I am well acquainted with the dark side of leadership.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Pastor? Or Christian?
Pastor? Or Christian?
Shared By: Lance Witt on September 19, 2016
Summary: If you have been in ministry very long, you know how easy it is to get the two intertwined. When you feel called and when you have great passion for ministry, the lines between person and position can get fuzzy. You move from simply being a Christian to now being a professional Christian.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article Work Smarter, Not Harder
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Shared By: Lance Witt on September 12, 2016
Summary: There is a story in the Bible about a very gifted and competent leader who wasn’t working smart.
preaching article The Overwhelming Majority of Pastors Don’t Have One
The Overwhelming Majority of Pastors Don’t Have One
Shared By: Lance Witt on September 5, 2016
Summary: The truth is those of us in ministry often don’t do the friendship thing very well. One survey among pastors found that 70 percent do not have a close friend, confidant, or mentor. Henri Nouwen wrote, “Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships.” What an indictment.
Scripture: none
preaching article The Most Important Word in the Bible?
The Most Important Word in the Bible?
Shared By: Lance Witt on August 22, 2016
Summary: In your opinion, what is the most important word in the Bible? And you can’t say God or Jesus.
based on 1 rating
preaching article Can I Get A Little Respect?
Can I Get A Little Respect?
Shared By: Lance Witt on August 15, 2016
Summary: Respect is a big deal to me. I am so blessed to have a wife who has always affirmed her respect for me. I can’t begin to tell you how life-giving that has been. Through the years as a pastor, the most consistent message I have given to wives is this…”Your husband can do without a lot of things, but the ONE thing he cannot do without is RESPECT.” It’s not just true in marriage, it is also true in leadership.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article Image Management
Image Management
Shared By: Lance Witt on August 8, 2016
Summary: Image management. There’s nothing particularly wrong with those two words, but when you put them together and give them to a ministry leader, it is a deadly cocktail. Image management is what we begin to do when our inner world becomes separated from our outer world.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article Does Your Soul Have A Backbone?
Does Your Soul Have A Backbone?
Shared By: Lance Witt on July 25, 2016
Summary: Over the last few years my single most consistent prayer has been for spiritual courage. Being a coward comes quite naturally to me. I don’t like to fight. I don’t like rejection. I am definitely not a fan of pain. All of these are essential qualities of a coward.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article Getting Past Your Past
Getting Past Your Past
Shared By: Lance Witt on July 18, 2016
Summary: I know that on Sundays we walk into our churches, we smile, we shake hands, and we make nice. We pastor people and we preach from God’s Word. We are very respectable. But I know myself and I’ve worked with pastors way too long to believe that life is that neat and tidy.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none
preaching article A Word from a 2700 Year Old Pastor
A Word from a 2700 Year Old Pastor
Shared By: Lance Witt on July 11, 2016
Summary: Pastors listen to other pastors. We listen to other people in ministry who are down in the trenches doing the hard work of leading others.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 6:16
preaching article The Curse of Competition
The Curse of Competition
Shared By: Lance Witt on July 4, 2016
Summary: Here is what I know to be true about competitiveness in my own life. It usually has to do with Outward Validation vs. Inward Validation. If I am honest, a spirit of competition and comparison has to do with me and my need to feel significant and successful. My own insecurity drives me to posture and protect. It drives me to compare and compete.
Scripture: none
preaching article Baggage: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher
Baggage: The Stakes Have Never Been Higher
Shared By: Lance Witt on June 27, 2016
Summary: Every single week people walk into your church and for the most part they seem to have it together. They make small talk, they dress appropriately, they participate congenially, they listen politely, and at the end of the service they file out quietly.
Scripture: none
preaching article Teammates: On Your Heart or on Your Nerves?
Teammates: On Your Heart or on Your Nerves?
Shared By: Lance Witt on June 20, 2016
Summary: There have been lots of days when I wanted to hide out in my office and not have to deal with anybody. There have been plenty of times when the people I work with weren’t on my heart, but they sure were on my nerves. I suspect you know exactly what I’m talking about.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: none
preaching article Creating a Healthy Team Culture
Creating a Healthy Team Culture
Shared By: Lance Witt on June 13, 2016
Summary: Culture is one of things that is hard to define but easy to feel. You certainly feel it when you visit a foreign country and you bump up against different customs and ways of doing things, but you also feel it when you enter a business or a church. There is a certain style or personality of an organization that is an expression of culture. I sometimes think of culture as the organization’s “way” of doing what they do. There is a Ritz Carlton “way” of doing customer service. There is a Starbucks “way” of doing business. There is a Crossroads Church “way” of doing ministry.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: none