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Don Ankenbrandt

Are You Hearing from God? Take a Day of Solitude

December 11, 2018
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By Don Ankenbrandt* As a new believer, I was eager to grow and learn as much as I could. During that time, I attended a weekend retreat led by Dan DeHaan, who challenged me to spend one day a month in solitude with the Lord to learn to hear His voice. Soon after, I marched…

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Certified practitioner Jeff Germo

Leadership Development: Discipleship Transforms a Church and Entire Community

September 12, 2018
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When Jeff Germo was called as lead pastor of Campbell River Baptist Church (Campbell River, British Columbia), the elder/deacon board gave him a mandate to develop leaders. “The discipleship system in the local church isn’t working,” says Jeff. Leadership skills grow out of spiritual formation and that everybody in God’s church is broken, including himself.…

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iEsther women of the International Church of Shanghai complete The 210 Project

Businesswomen in China Use The 210 Project to Clarify Life Purpose

August 6, 2018
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Christabel Lo had recently stepped into a leadership role with iEsther, a ministry of the International Church of Shanghai for expatriate businesswomen living in China, and was looking for material to use to kick off the group’s 2018 theme, “Arise & Shine.” By chance she discovered The 210 Project while attending a Halftime leadership summit.…

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Dale Sellers: how a pastor can overcome feelings of insecurity

Guest Post: How To Handle Seasons Of Insecurity As A Pastor

July 9, 2018
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By Dale Sellers A popular saying among those in ministry is that the majority of pastors in America resign every Monday. Or at least they seriously consider it! After serving in ministry for over thirty-five years, I can say that I completely understand why we feel this way. Pastoring a church is an incredibly difficult…

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Certified practitioner Mary Morgan led her team on a successful retreat using the LFYS process

Preparation with the Profiles Leads to Staff Retreat Success

June 13, 2018
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Mary Morgan saw the Ministry Insights Equipping Conference email invitation and thought, This is so affordable – I could become certified and develop skills to help our team. The timing was just right. Mary, the executive pastor at Good News Church (Sioux Falls, SD), had become acquainted with Leading From Your Strengths a few years…

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Jon Taylor led his church staff in a successful transition to a team leadership model.

Profiles Help 3 Pastors Successfully Transition to New Team Model

May 7, 2018
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Jon Taylor moved into the lead pastor role at First Christian Church of Phoenix during a major staff transition: the church shifted to a team leadership model. Two factors helped pave the way for the transition. First, Jon had been serving at the church as executive pastor, so he was already familiar with the staff…

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CCV Leadership Institute

Leadership: Building Ministry Leaders for the Long Game at CCV

March 21, 2018
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Today, Christ’s Church of the Valley (Peoria, AZ) is known as one of the largest, most dynamic multi-site churches in the U.S. But during its initial expansion about a decade ago, the staff discovered a startling fact: ministry talent was in short supply, and those who enter vocational ministry do not stay. 85% of the…

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Dale Sellers

Guest Post: Yes, You CAN Cast Vision Effectively

February 21, 2018
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3 Roadblocks That Leaders Can Overcome By Dale Sellers* I knew the day was coming—I’d been sensing it for some time. Our church had been cruising along for years, experiencing steady growth and a vibrant community anchored around a strong vision. New people checked us out every week. We saw people committing their lives to…

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