An Encouragement to Dreamers (and those around them)

  I wanted to take a moment to lift up some folks out there...   "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney   This world carries with it plenty of negativity. Doubt, fear, envy, and bitterness do nothing to produce or grow anything worth keeping. Instead... love, grace, encouragement, vision, and genuine support plant seeds of greatness that will one day bloom and bear something beautiful! IF we focus more on...

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Six Questions To Help You Quit Your Job (or Stay!)

In this crazy thing we call “life”, we are told from a young age to find what we’re passionate about and go about doing it. You know, what “it” is; the motivation that will get you out of bed in the mornings without trepidation. But there’s a problem with this notion, in that much of what we do career-wise often does not fit our passions (or even our education or experience). Not to mention, what we do for a career...

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At the End of the Day

“Motivation” is a tricky word. It’s a complicated term because of its consistent misuse. Whether that’s “hang in there” cat-on-a-wire posters or the stigma of hotel conference room pyramid schemes, we tend to obfuscate something so essential. The truth is, we all need “fuel in the tank”. I’ve wrestled with self-confidence and focus a good bit of my life. I believe more folks do than they would like to admit! But when you say that, sometimes the perception can be...

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“Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”

A favorite quote of mine that, I believe, has relevance to church ministry, leadership, and life itself, comes from John Maxwell: "Change is inevitable, growth is optional." I liked the quote so much that it's on the cover of our Training Churches info packet! (click here to get your copy) To break it down, this simply means we must learn, grow, and adapt if we want to succeed at whatever we do. Stubbornness, isolation, and ignorance does nothing for us! With that said, change does...

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The Great Snowstorm Offering Conundrum

Judging by some of the clients that I work with, it's pretty scary what thin margins churches operate on financially! I mean... like scraping-the-bottom-of-the-offering-plate scary.  Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. In fact, more churches than ever are one week's tithe/offering away from closing the doors (or darn-near coming close to it). Earlier this year, we had a big snowstorm that hit the Carolinas. Okay, maybe not a blizzard or anything, but enough to cover the ground and inconvenience us southerners!...

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New Book from Denny Bates – “Today May You”

Today May You... Positive Confessions For People On The Grow! ​A 365 Day Journey Into The Adventure We Call Life Suffering. Joy. Pain. Healing. Challenging Circumstances. Overcoming Faith. Most of the Bible was not written in the comfort of studios at beach or mountain homes. It was in prisons, on the road, usually in uncomfortable circumstances. And yet, each writer, inspired by the Holy Spirit, was able to write words that have changed lives forever. Mine are not as anointed...

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Inspiration vs. Motivation

“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.” - Steve Jobs When you think of the word “motivation,” what words or concepts pop into your head? I’ll tell you what I think of: “short term personal gain.” Now allow me to ask what you think of when you see the word “inspiration?” Hopefully you have a picture of a group...

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The Team of Dream and Reality

Stick around long enough examining the culture of church ministry and you'll eventually hear about "dreams" and "visions". Some traditions value them as prophetic, while others categorize them as emotional junk. Personally, I think where we as believers go wrong is writing off dreams too soon, while not allowing "reality" to have any room for inspiration. But I also see where dreams never materialize because the dreamer resists any interpretation other than their own. Anything of worth must be tested,...

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12 Leadership Failures in Ministry

A Ministry Staff Is Committed To Growing As Leaders when they are willing to take a closer look at the culture of their organization. Sometimes, without even knowing it, an organization and its leaders can be infected by Leader-I-Tis. LEADER-I-TIS What is it? Leader-I-Tis is a horrible disease that attacks once healthy organizations and severely impairs them, rendering them mostly ineffective and impotent. Leader-I-Tis is the leading cause of broken relationships and the killing of vision in an organization. Highly...

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“It’s going to rain tomorrow!”

I never pay attention to weather forecasts. Unlike my father-in-law, who practically lives by the Weather Channel, the local news station, and various weather apps on his phone, I rarely care enough to bother looking at what the weather will be like the next day or week ahead. If it's cold? I put on a jacket. If it's hot? I don't put on a jacket. If it's raining? I take an umbrella. If it's not raining? I leave the umbrella...

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