By Charles Stone on Sep 18, 2017
“No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do.” ––Paul Tripp
By Charles Stone on Sep 13, 2017
Discouragement comes with the territory for ministry leaders. Unmet goals, putting out fires, staff issues, displeasing people, and general tiredness all contribute to discouragement. When it weighs us down, how can we dig out? The life of the prophet Elijah gives us hope.
By Charles Stone on Aug 28, 2017
Great ministry leaders keep their emotions in check. Unfortunately, when we don’t keep them in check, our emotional brain can hijack clear thinking and good leadership.
By Charles Stone on Aug 16, 2017
Quitters never win and winners never quit was drilled into my mind at an early age. I believed it. I practiced it. I lived it. I only quit one thing in my life before age 18, my high school football team. I quit because I sat on the bench 99.976% of the time. Since, then, however, I’ve questioned the veracity of that phrase, as catchy as it may sound.
By Charles Stone on Aug 7, 2017
Several months ago I began something with our staff that has been a huge hit. It’s simple. Any staff can do it, whether in a church or a business application. And it boosts staff morale and excitement when we do it. I encourage you to try it with your staff. It’s called a “Blue Sky Thinking” morning.
By Charles Stone on Aug 3, 2017
Silos occur in organizations and churches when leaders act like their ministry or team is the only one that matters. A silo attitude results in that leader or team only supporting, giving, or attending functions that pertain to them. It can kill a ministry and result in many problems. In this post, I suggest ways to minimize ministry silos.
By Charles Stone on Jul 29, 2017
What spiritual disciplines might you be neglecting?
By Charles Stone on Jul 28, 2017
Ask yourself which of these four weapons of mass distraction divert you the most from leading at your best.
By Charles Stone on Jul 20, 2017
“Two things you can’t avoid in ministry are…people late to the service and … church critics.” In this short post, I suggest 10 ways to handle the church critic.
By Charles Stone on Jul 4, 2017
In the midst of caring for others, it is easy to neglect our own soul. What are safeguards that keep us from drifting away from God?
By Charles Stone on Jun 21, 2017
The brain is a masterpiece of God’s creation. It grows rapidly from birth until the mid-twenties. Unfortunately, it’s downhill from there. Even though you can’t avoid getting older, you can take some simple steps to keep your brain sharp.
By Charles Stone on May 23, 2017
Leaders often run into invisible brain barriers when they attempt change. Ignoring them can slow or stonewall a progress.
By Charles Stone on May 16, 2017
At times we must lead as transactional leaders. However, we should seek to grow our leadership so that we lead more often as transformational leaders.
By Charles Stone on May 5, 2017
In your church you’re probably trying to bring change in some way or are contemplating it.
By Charles Stone on Apr 21, 2017
This discipline is really more of a state of heart than a place.
By Charles Stone on Mar 13, 2017
Although we intuitively understand how to refuel ourselves, we often don’t do it. He challenged us to ask why we don’t.
By Charles Stone on Feb 10, 2017
Take a few moments and ask yourself these questions to see what God reveals about your heart and motives.
By Charles Stone on Jan 11, 2017
Mindfulness is a spiritual discipline akin to biblical meditation. It’s setting aside daily time to be still before God, to be in His presence in the present moment.
By Charles Stone on Nov 15, 2016
One of the most disconcerting feelings we pastors experience is when we prepare a sermon and pour our heart into it, yet feel that it didn’t make a difference in people’s lives.
By Charles Stone on Oct 13, 2016
A study done at the University of London found that constant emailing and text-messaging reduces mental capability by an average of ten points on an IQ test.
By Charles Stone on Sep 6, 2016
Recently our church staff held our annual in-house evaluation retreat when we reviewed the prior year’s goals and plans. God had given us a good year and we wanted not only to discuss how we could improve, but rejoice in His blessings.
By Charles Stone on Aug 31, 2016
Change is inevitable. And unless a church creates healthy change in itself, it will soon become obsolete.
By Charles Stone on Aug 5, 2016
When I was in seminary Church Growth 101 was a required course. I took interest in the whole field and became a student of church growth.
By Charles Stone on Jul 28, 2016
As I enter the sixth decade of my life and reflect over the brokenness I’ve faced as a pastor, I’m beginning to see its great value. It still hurts and I’d prefer not to face it. Yet, I’m experiencing the fruit of brokenness: inner peace, joy, and a purpose that supersedes ‘ministry success.’
By Charles Stone on Jul 21, 2016
Somebody once said there are two things in life we can’t avoid, taxes and death. I’d like to add a third, discouragement. Church leader or not, you will face it. It’s an inevitable part of life. Here’s how I’ve learned to defeat discouragement.
By Charles Stone on Jul 1, 2016
For many years scientists and philosophers have pondered why we need sleep besides to not be sleepy. Of course we all intuitively know how important sleep is to our bodies, relationships, and walk with God. But as neuroscientists are learning more about the brain, they are discovering many positive brain benefits from sleep. This list below includes some of those benefits.
By Charles Stone on Jun 28, 2016
Many pastors secretly struggle with measuring up to very successful pastors and churches. It’s tough, but it comes with ministry. People compare pastors. In this post I suggest a few ways to deal with this “measure up mentality.” I begin with one pastor’s experience.
By Charles Stone on May 26, 2016
The book of Acts describes the amazing story of Jesus’ work through the Holy Spirit in the early church. With an explosive start, problems were certain to surface. However, they lead the church well and model for us 9 things great leaders do.
By Charles Stone on May 16, 2016
Hebrews 11, one of the greatest chapters in all the Bible, offers leaders profound insight about faith that we must believe and embody to effectively lead. Every leader must lead with great faith. Those who have gone before us model what it means to lead with such faith.
By Charles Stone on May 11, 2016
Pastors must craft compelling, Spirit-led services if we are to entice the unchurched to attend and keep attending. What they experience at church must be worth the price of giving up their relaxing mornings at home.