On Leadership: Be interested before being interesting

By Rick Shallenberger, GCI-USA Regional Pastor This is number 7 in Rick's series on leadership. For other articles in the series, click a number: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8. [caption id="attachment_6089" align="alignright" width="158"] Rick Shallenberger[/caption] One of the most effective ways to influence others is to listen to them. This may seem a bit strange, but let’s be honest---pastors have a tendency to be the center of conversations. We often feel we need to provide the answer, take the lead, or offer counsel in a conversation. The truth is, many times people simply want to be heard, and we can make our greatest impact and influence by simply listening. Listening is an important key to building relationship, and doing so helps... Read the article

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Sermon for March 4, 2018

Scripture readings: Ex. 20:1-17; Ps. 19; 1 Cor. 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 Sermon by Martin Manuel (from John 2:13-22) Jesus: The Zealous House-Cleaner Introduction I have a question for you today: Is your house clean?  In one of his sermons, John Wesley said, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Though not found in the Bible, this statement has been embraced by many Christians as a principle for godly living. Nevertheless, many Christians, me included, would not invite a home inspection! Even the most scrupulous among us will admit that our homes get dirty quickly and are not easy to clean. Though some hire a house-cleaner, the responsibility for a home's cleanliness lies with its owner. Today we will see that spiritual... Read the article

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