By Charles Stone on Dec 1, 2023
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 Nov 29, 2023
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 Nov 20, 2023
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 Nov 16, 2023
What spiritual disciplines might you be neglecting?
By Charles Stone on Nov 13, 2023
Ask yourself which of these four weapons of mass distraction divert you the most from leading at your best.
By Charles Stone on Oct 30, 2023
The brain is a masterpiece of God’s creation. It grows rapidly from birth until the mid-twenties. Unfortunately, it’s downhill from there. Even though you can’t avoid getting older, you can take some simple steps to keep your brain sharp.
By Charles Stone on Oct 19, 2023
Leaders often run into invisible brain barriers when they attempt change. Ignoring them can slow or stonewall a progress.
By Charles Stone on Sep 14, 2023
Take a few moments and ask yourself these questions to see what God reveals about your heart and motives.
By Charles Stone on Jul 24, 2023
Recently our church staff held our annual in-house evaluation retreat when we reviewed the prior year’s goals and plans. God had given us a good year and we wanted not only to discuss how we could improve, but rejoice in His blessings.
By Charles Stone on Jul 12, 2023
Change is inevitable. And unless a church creates healthy change in itself, it will soon become obsolete.
By Charles Stone on Jun 28, 2023
As I enter the sixth decade of my life and reflect over the brokenness I’ve faced as a pastor, I’m beginning to see its great value. It still hurts and I’d prefer not to face it. Yet, I’m experiencing the fruit of brokenness: inner peace, joy, and a purpose that supersedes ‘ministry success.’
By Charles Stone on Jun 22, 2023
When I was in seminary Church Growth 101 was a required course. I took interest in the whole field and became a student of church growth.
By Charles Stone on Jun 19, 2023
For many years scientists and philosophers have pondered why we need sleep besides to not be sleepy. Of course we all intuitively know how important sleep is to our bodies, relationships, and walk with God. But as neuroscientists are learning more about the brain, they are discovering many positive brain benefits from sleep. This list below includes some of those benefits.
By Charles Stone on Jun 15, 2023
Pastors must craft compelling, Spirit-led services if we are to entice the unchurched to attend and keep attending. What they experience at church must be worth the price of giving up their relaxing mornings at home.
By Charles Stone on Jun 9, 2023
Here are a helpful set of questions about effective leadership pastors should ask themselves and ask about those who serve on their staff.