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Non-monetary rewards and sanctions

Non-monetary rewards and sanctions

Today’s entry is from guest blogger Dr. Steven Goodwin. People are motivated by much more than money. This means that granting an employee a salary increase is not the only means to encourage positive work behavior. Researchers Richard King and Judith Mathers of the...

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Plant the seeds – don’t dig them up

Plant the seeds – don’t dig them up

Have you ever watched kids learning to garden? They plant something, then are so eager to have it grow that they keep digging it up to see if it’s growing. Sometimes we’re like that in our endeavors. If we’ve sown the seed and done what we needed to do, now it’s time...

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Using the prophetic gift well in leadership

Using the prophetic gift well in leadership

Of all the gifts, the prophetic gift is one that is often misunderstood and misused... like God or a prophet hammering down in an uncaring angry way. But that's not how the gift is supposed to operate. How do you deal with the prophetic gift if you have it and are in...

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Whose approval do you seek?

Whose approval do you seek?

I recently asked this question of someone. He’d been working hard in his ministry, putting forth a great deal of effort, yet receiving very little by way of appreciation from his congregation. He was frustrated and tired. Yet the question, “Whose approval are you...

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The role of Barnabas in church planting

The role of Barnabas in church planting

I think Barnabas is one of the most important people in the Bible, yet he gets almost no recognition. Barnabas probably wouldn’t even make most people’s biblical top ten list. But consider the significance of the role he played. Barnabas came alongside Paul, and got...

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What about the other 167 hours?

What about the other 167 hours?

Take a look at the ministry flow chart below. It puts the role of celebration-- the worship service-- in context. That’s one hour out of the week… the rest of the week is 167 hours. Consider where you are putting your time and energy. How much is being invested into...

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Bridging to discipleship

Bridging to discipleship

As ministry leaders, we’re all aware of the importance of disciplemaking. We engage culture, and as people come to Christ we get them connected into faith communities. But as I coach a lot of ministry leaders who are seeking to be incarnational and missional, one of...

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Conflict management via email?

Conflict management via email?

One of my pet peeves is when people try to solve problems via email. You’ve been there: someone words an email awkwardly or brusquely, offense is taken, someone else responds in an inflammatory way, often copying several additional people. Blind copying and forwarding...

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