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Over the last few years, I’ve come to believe that the 40 days leading up to Easter can be some of the most life-giving, perspective-changing, hope-filled days of the entire year — for you and your entire congregation. Lent is the season set apart for prayer, penitence, and self-denial. On March 5, we will enter this holy season in the church calendar. This is a time designed to stir your hunger for God and lean in to hear His voice more clearly. This is a season of both repentance and the renewal of faith for you and your congregation.
One of the most popular questions that arises is, “What are you giving up for Lent?”
I’ve heard a wide range of responses including chocolate, sodas, television, Facebook, and sugar, but I think there’s a better question to ask as we prepare for Lent: “What do you want to lay hold of?”
featured resources for ministry leaders
This year, we're highlighting 52 contributors in a weekly post called the FaithVillage Contributor Spotlight.
This affords you the opportunity to learn more about those whose words grace the pages of FaithVillage.com on a routine basis. In addition to learning about their blogging habits, you'll also discover their passions and possibly find a new blogger to follow.
Mike Kim is a business consultant, leadership blogger, pastor and worship leader in the New Jersey / New York area, as well as a contributor to FaithVillage. Though he wears many hats at any given moment, he simply works to help others. Read our short interview with Mike and learn more about his blogging, his take on the church on the East Coast and his five recommended reads for church leaders.
One of the most telling litmus tests of leadership is found in how you lead people older than you. The easy thing to do is to pull rank, lead from your title and throw around your weight. But, if you’d rather serve your organization by adding value to the people that are already in it, here are three musts.
You must put yourself in their shoes.
For Church and Ministry Leaders
I have a friend who has started a new church. He suggested I write a post listing some lessons I’ve learned from helping start New Vintage Church in Escondido. It’s been an awesome journey, and if what we’ve picked up along the way can help others involved in the noble vision of church multiplication, I’d love to help. So, without further ado, here are 10 things I’ve learned while starting a new church. I put these out there with the caveat that starting new churches is far more art than science. What worked for us may not work for you, and what didn’t work for us may work swimmingly for you. With that said: