By Charles Stone on Dec 27, 2017
"Discouragement is a universal experience for ministry leaders and the word actually self-defines itself…dis-courage meaning no courage. Some of the Bible’s greatest characters faced it: Moses, David, Paul, Mary the mother of Jesus, and the apostles. Nehemiah, the great Old Testament leader faced it when he led the Jews to rebuild the wall. Yet, his response offers us hope when we face it."
By Charles Stone on Dec 18, 2017
These seven signs might indicate that your leadership is being negatively affected by how you handle your anxiety.
By Charles Stone on Dec 1, 2017
For pastors, Sunday can be the most draining day of the week. Intense people interaction, teaching or preaching, seeing our critics, trying to remember names, and attempting to put our own problems aside to listen to other peoples' problems add up to a stress-filled day. The very day we want to be at our best requires more from us than any other day. As a result, we can easily make one or more of the 5 biggest mistakes pastors make on Sundays. Evaluate this list to find out how many you make.
By Charles Stone on Nov 4, 2017
"Unless you stay at the same church your entire life, you will leave one ministry or church and go to another, perhaps several times. I’ve learned that leaving is more of an art and is often difficult. Here are 7 insights I’ve learned that have helped me make a graceful exit."
By Charles Stone on Oct 16, 2017
Andy Stanley's 5 questions that are deeply telling about a church’s direction and impact.
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?