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12 QUALITIES OF LEADERS WHO LAST

Spending five days with the leaders of some of the largest churches in Canada surfaces a lot of success secrets. Fifteen of the leaders have over 35 years of ministry and marriage experience. They've soared when so many others have flamed out. Here are 12 qualities I observed in them. (more…)
Bob Jones
August 2, 2020
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PASTORS BURNING OUT SHOULDERING BURDENS

Pastors are an endangered species in North America. The women and men who accepted a call to shepherd congregations through their valleys of the shadow of death have broad shoulders. But even the best are falling prey to deadly burdens. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 3, 2019
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10 MYTH-BUSTERS ABOUT INTROVERTS

The most misunderstood person on the planet is an introvert. The reason you don't hear much about that from us is because we are introverts. Silent no more. I'm coming out of my shell to explode ten myths about introverts. MYTH #1 - Introverts don't like to talk. Not true at all. I am a preacher. Some people say I talk too much. I don't like to talk unless I have something to say. Introverts hate small talk. I default to the serious all the time  - or talking family,  church, writing, Jesus or  football. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in and they won't stop talking for minutes. MYTH #2 - Introverts don't know how to…
Bob Jones
March 9, 2016
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3 CONFESSIONS OF A LEAD PASTOR TO PASTORS OF YOUTH

I have a confession…actually, three of them. They relate to pastors of youth, like North Pointe's Jeremy Gifford who is one of the finest pastors I know. That's not my confession...its my conviction. Some people view the role of a youth pastor as a "stepping stone" to becoming a "real" pastor. Not me. I served as a pastor of youth for ten years of my thirty-six year pastoral ministry. Those ten years were some of THE best years that I experienced as a pastor and I've had a lot of great years. Read my 3 confessions here... I write to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose. If…
Bob Jones
October 20, 2015
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Canadian Insights for US Church Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage and Youth

In most cases, Canadians play catch-up with American leaders on social issues, but here's two issues where Canadians can offer some leading insights. 1. Some Advice on Same Sex Marriage For US Church Leaders From a Canadian Carey Nieuwhof is a pastor in Barrie, Ontario. His recent blog post on same-sex marriage has been shared over 100,000 times and counting. Canadian pastors are ten years ahead of our US colleagues in dealing with legalized same-sex marriage. Nieuwhof says, "If you believe sex is a gift given by God to be experienced between a man and a woman within marriage, why would you expect people who don’t follow Christ to embrace that? Why do Christians expect non-Christians to act like Christians?…
Bob Jones
July 1, 2015
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THE ONE QUOTE EVERY PASTOR MUST READ

There is one quote that celebrates a vital part of a pastor’s life better than any other. While it’s not taken from the Bible it’s impart is divine. The 140 words inspire me to tenacity every time I read them. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds;…
Bob Jones
March 15, 2015