7 Characteristics of The Trouble Makers in Every Church

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7 Characteristics of The Trouble Makers in Every Church Trouble Makers are in the Church! Many congregations today are in bad shape. Here are some depressing statistics: Every year more than 4000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1000 new church starts! Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. They are […]

9 Negative Attitudes About Change

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9 Negative Attitudes About Change Change is not always easy. In fact, negative attitudes can evolve easily when changes start taking place. What are the attitudes for change in your organization? Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  If this is so, why do so many […]

The Mystery of Differences: Part 3 of 4 Understand Others

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God plants clues about others directly in our path. But understanding others requires intentionality. If you’re serious about solving the mystery of differences, you can collect those clues about others and study them. That’s what happened between Megan and Tim. Differences between Megan and Tim The staff meeting had not officially begun, but chatter filled […]

How to Lead People to Work Together

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How to Lead People to Work Together Leading others to work together is not always an easy task.  In fact, a conflict between employees, volunteers and church members can be a great challenge. There must be a clear understanding of certain personality traits to grow teamwork.  When we understand people, it can become easier to […]

The Promise and Peril of Conflict

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Peril of Conflict A compelling example of leaders turning conflict into opportunity for structural and cultural change is found in the first seven verses of Acts 6. The idyllic description of the first Christian community (Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37) is soon marred by incidents of deception (Acts 5:1-11) and internal conflicts (Acts 6:1-7). While […]

Traits of a Foolish Team Member

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Have you ever had to spend time with someone that you found difficult to deal with?   Some people seem to have no concern for anyone but himself or herself.   This can be defined as foolish behavior.   Dr. Henry Cloud, in his book Necessary Endings, has some interesting information about the traits of a foolish team […]