Ron Cook

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Six Traits of a Church Disrupter

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By Thom Rainer He is almost in every church. In fact, the “he” may be a “she,” but I’ll use the masculine pronoun for simplicity. He is the church disrupter. Unlike church bullies, the disrupter rarely attacks leaders directly. He is good about stirring up dissension, but he seems to always feel like “God led me to do it.” He can have a gregarious and pleasant personality (unlike the typical church bully), and can thus attract a following for a…

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5 Reasons We Appreciate Pastors…and so Should YOU!

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Even though National Care for Pastors Sunday is over, it is still fitting that we should bring to light some of the reasons we appreciate pastors. We hope this list communicates to pastors and their families how much we value them. And we hope to inspire church members to a greater appreciation for their pastor which will lead to expressions of gratitude during this Pastor Appreciation Month. #1. Pastors love God. Ministry is the outworking of a relationship devoted to…

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8 Reasons Church Conflicts Often Burn out of Control Quickly

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By Chuck Lawless As a pastor, I sometimes felt like I spent all my time putting out fires in the church. It might have been right for me to deal with the fires, but I seldom caught the fire before it started burning more brightly than I wanted. Here’s why the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly: Church leaders have too little training in resolving conflict. What we have learned, we’ve often learned the hard way: in…

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Why Dying Churches Die

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By Thom Rainer The doctor told my dad he was dying. Our family physician was a kind man, a true friend of the family. But he was firm. Dad was on the short path to death. My father, then 58 years old, had been smoking for four decades. I suppose his time in the military in World War II proved to be the primary impetus to his taking on the bad habit. His peers smoked. There were hardly any voices…

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Autopsy of a Deceased Pastor

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By Thom Rainer They are the walking dead. They are dead emotionally. Their vision and passion is dead. Their spiritual life has little life at all. They are burned out. Many have died vocationally. Others are waiting for burial. Autopsies are not a pleasant topic. I get that. But I would be negligent if I did not share with you about the numbers of pastors who are dead in ministry. You need to know. You need to grasp this reality….

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