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Author: Jonathan Pearson

Why Good Leadership Matters in the Church

My wife, son, and I recently moved. We didn’t just get a new house in the same city, we moved about two hours away from where we had lived for the previous seven years. During those years, we had bought a house, had a child, and become relatively comfortable with our lives. God called us to get out of our comfort zone several months ago, so we packed our three-bedroom house and moved into a two-bedroom apartment. Our son, having known nothing but house living his entire life, still hasn’t gotten the hang of living in an apartment. Aside from the...

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When to Give Grace and When to Discipline

It’s a fine line, isn’t it? The fine line between patience and discipline with those we lead. The line between working with a staff member one more time or dismissing them. The line between investing in them and explaining to them that they need to find somewhere else. How do you find the balance between grace and getting things done well? We see an example of Peter in Matthew 16. It’s Peter’s high point in following Jesus. After doing some teaching and having more conversations with His disciples about who He ultimately came to be to them, Jesus asks a huge...

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What it Means to Lead from Love

Hebrews 4:15 (NIV) For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. As a pastor, funerals are never a thing we look forward to. Sure, we have hope in Christ and it gives us an opportunity to share the hope if the deceased is a believer. But it’s still a tough time for family, friends, and the church. A couple of years ago, I kept hearing about a gentleman that was in...

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5 Ways to Make Change Less Scary for People

Change never hurts…until it gets personal. When you think about it, that’s how 99% of us think about change. Maybe we won’t admit it, and maybe we don’t think about it congruently just like that in our minds, but it’s the sentiment we feel when someone begins to change something we believe in or have invested in. In the church, we have even more problems admitting that we don’t like change. You see, I think deep down we know that God is a God of transformation and change. We know that in order to fall under His will and...

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5 Things More Important than Creativity at Your Church

“We are a creative church.” “We need to be more creative.” “We need to increase the creative team’s budget.” “How can we make this more creative?” “This space doesn’t let me be creative.” Those of us that have been in church ministry for a while have heard a couple or all of those statements. It’s for good reason we talk a lot about creativity. I believe God is a creative God. We don’t have to look very far to see all that He’s created with His words and His hands. He’s the expert creative team leader. That being said,...

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December Devotion: Awe

Take a little break these days in December and re-center yourself with these devotions from the Sunday| Mag contributors. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:9 HCSB) Expanded: Romans 8:1-11 I was right there! Right in front of him. In fact, so close he spoke to me and stuck his hand out to shake mine. I didn’t know what to do, I was in awe and dumbfounded. What was...

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God Loves Using the Unqualified

We’re all different. We have different likes, dislikes, abilities, passions, quirks, ticks, and personalities. We all have different gifts, capabilities, and capacities. We have different resources and outlooks. None of those are a mistake. In fact, read any part of the Bible or spend anytime leading other people and you’ll soon discover that we’re not all the same. It doesn’t take a registered people expert to determine that. Because we’re not all wired and made the same, we can find our share of difficulties when in relationship with other people. Whether we’re in a relationship with our spouse, making new friends in high school, raising our kids, or...

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10 Productivity Tips Every Leader Needs

Leadership is about people. But doesn’t it seem like most of our time is spent with emails, tasks, and minutia? No matter what we lead, who we’re leading, or who we’d like to be leading, those of us that are called to lead want to affect people for the better. In fact, I’ve yet to meet a true leader that focused on any other bottom line than positive change for the people they have around them. We see countless examples in the Bible of the leaders God called making positive changes for those God gave them to lead. Moses...

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How to Survive Power Plays

It happens to every leader. It’s those wounds that we often find. It’s those betrayals that seem to inevitably happen. The truth is, no matter your leadership capacity, there will always be people that hurt you, people that try to overpower you, and people that stab you in the back. As leaders, we often wear targets on our backs. Whether young, old, experienced, or new, all leaders share this target. The target comes with influence and authority. The target is placed there because we’re the ones in front—leading, stepping out, and being bold with our vision. People will shoot...

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Opportunities Only Young Leaders Have

“If I would have known then what I know now.” How many times have we heard that statement or maybe even said it ourselves? It’s usually in response to something that an older or more experienced person sees as a bruise to their past or a learning curve from their previous years. The truth is, the older we get, the more we know. There’s something about life experience that teaches us great things with hard teaching methods. Life has a way of humbling us and teaching us along the way. Life has a way of humbling us and teaching...

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One Weird Trick that Will Make You a Better Leader

“What is he thinking?” That had to be the thought going through the disciples’ minds as they felt the hands of Jesus scrub their dirt covered feet. Sure, Peter was the only one that said anything to Jesus, but they all had to be thinking it. I love the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet in John 13 for so many reasons. As leaders, this story, maybe more so than any in scripture, teaches us what it really means to be a servant leader. Did Jesus cast vision to his disciples? Sure. Did Jesus model behavior for his...

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