The Power of One Good Friend

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In both the brightest and darkest hours of my life and ministry, these friends have rejoiced with me, mourned with me, had my back, challenged me, and coached me. I’d like to think I’ve been that kind of friend to them in return. If I had to, I’d trade a thousand acquaintances for one of these true friends. True friends not only add real abundance to life, they allow us to follow God’s calling more faithfully. The reason is simple: The faithfulness of their friendship bolsters courage that might fail if we knew we would be truly alone for doing what God called us to do.

Who Needs Accountability?

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Everyone. However, we’ve really messed up this concept. We don’t hold people accountable in ways we should, and hold people “accountable” in counterproductive ways. Here are six ways to insure accountability is a blessing rather than too sparse or merely a different word for control. 1. Recognize and the “intrinsic” accountability already present–and align ministry there. For instance, when […]

Why Freedom in Ministry Provides More Accountability

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In honor of Independence Day, this week’s posts will have to do with the concept of freedom in ministry. This post is the third installment. Ministry environments offering more freedom ironically tend to have fewer staff dumpster fires. They actually provide more accountability. Here are a few reasons why: Responsibility for the ministry itself provides […]