But First…

I like to think I’m obedient. But I’m most obedient when I trust an outcome.  I’m obedient when I understand and can see the big picture. In our #LentChallenge reading for today, Jesus is teaching about the cost of following him. Luke 9:59, 61 (emphasis added) He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he […]

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Lonely Places

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 Jesus work on Earth was being noticed.  People were flocking to him for healing.  They were eager to hear his teaching.  His influence was growing. And yet, he “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” This is both convicting and freeing. As the pace of […]

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#LentChallenge Day 12

I don’t want my life to be hard.  I naturally gravitate toward comfort.  Sometimes I expect if I’m doing everything right my life will be pain free.  Sorrow is something I fiercely avoid. I realize that thinking is inconsistent with some of my core beliefs but it is amazing how pain avoidance sits at a […]

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Don't Ignore the Ops

Why did you get into ministry leadership? Was it to process 501 (c) (3) paperwork?  Maybe create budgets?  Build organizational charts?  Fix broken computers? Yeah, probably not. In fact, when you considered getting into ministry leadership, these things probably didn’t enter your mind.  You didn’t study accounting, HR or IT.  But while operational issues aren’t […]

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Don’t Ignore the Ops

Why did you get into ministry leadership? Was it to process 501 (c) (3) paperwork?  Maybe create budgets?  Build organizational charts?  Fix broken computers? Yeah, probably not. In fact, when you considered getting into ministry leadership, these things probably didn’t enter your mind.  You didn’t study accounting, HR or IT.  But while operational issues aren’t […]

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Summer Reading Plan: What Life Are You Waiting For?

SORRY.  THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. ————————————————————– This week’s summer reading is Pastor Pete Hise’s new book, What Life Are You Waiting For? What Life Are You Waiting For Book Promo from Quest Community Church on Vimeo. Pete is one of those guys who lives what he teaches.  His belief in the life-changing power of God […]

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Turning Off the Critic

Another Sunday in the books. Four services, thousands of attendees, hundreds of volunteers, even a dozen commitments for Christ, and yet I couldn’t shake this gnawing sense of dissatisfaction. In fact, this aching feeling was becoming common every Sunday night as I drove home tired and spent. For all the effort and all the good, […]

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Align Your Stars

Every organization has them. S T A R S The employees that shine a little brighter than others.  They’re gifted.  They’re tenacious.  They do whatever it takes.  They believe in the vision.  They are problem-solvers and idea-generators.  They outrun the rest of the pack.  They’re growing.  They’re leading. As a leader,  it’s your job to […]

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