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When Everyone Else Has a Better Sunday Than You

Posted  September 9, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Some Sundays are outstanding.  Everything just seems to click and everyone leaves happy and refreshed…even the pastor. Then there are other Sundays which aren’t as fun.  The Sundays when there are technical problems, the sermon falls flat, the offering is down, and long-time church member, brother Judas, grabs you in the lobby to let you […]

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Lose Some Weight

Posted  September 5, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Pastors, you were never designed or called to carry the entire weight of the church on your shoulders. A church is far too complex, with too many moving parts, for one man to bear the responsibility of it all.  No man, not even a great man, can carry the weight of a church by himself. […]

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Lows and Highs

Posted  September 4, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

After God told Elijah to publicly call for a drought, He commanded him to “hide” himself in the Cherith ravine.  Cherith (of Kerith) means cut or gorge.  God basically told him to go and hide in a deep valley. This must have seemed like some sort of punishment for a man of action like Elijah […]

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Done > Perfect

Posted  September 3, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

As pastors, we all want to bring our best to the Lord.  We understand that He deserves our best and it’s only rightful that we give it to Him. The problem is we often confuse our best with perfection and in the process we slowly slip over into a perfectionism that is both destructive and […]

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The Success Lesson Disney Kept in His Hat

Posted  February 7, 2013  by  Tony McCollum

Early in his career, Walt Disney released a short film called The Three Little Pigs.  It was a phenomenal hit.  The catchy song from the short skyrocketed up the charts and together the song and the cartoon captured the imagination of the nation. In fact, the short was so popular that it was held over […]

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The Amazing, Incredible, Super-Fantastic Pastor and His Church

Maybe I'm wrong but it seems to me that when pastors get together most of the time there's a lot of needless posturing going on...
by Tony McCollum
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When People Leave You

The great preacher, T D Jakes, once said something that I think about often. There are people who can walk away from you.  And hear me when I tell you this!  When people can walk away from you, let them walk. I don’t want y...
by Tony McCollum
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Be Careful

I love reading blogs.  It has been a wonderful source of encouragement and inspiration for me to read the blogs of other pastors and church planters.  I have to admit, though, that sometimes reading other blogs can get me a l...
by Tony McCollum
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When Your Church Fits in Your Car

I've started two churches in my life and both times there were occasions in the beginning when I could put the entire church in my car and take them out to eat...
by Tony McCollum
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Rock Stars?

I’m concerned that too many pastors in the church planting scene are trying to look like rock stars. I know that I sound like a stick in the mud and I’m certainly not known as a fashion icon or anything so perhaps I don’...
by Tony McCollum
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9 Keys to Lasting in the Ministry

Some time ago, I came across this article about Bob Russell.  He was retiring after 40 years in ministry at the eighth largest church in America. In the article he shared his thoughts about what it takes to go the long haul...
by Tony McCollum
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Mouring the Eye-Opening Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

The world lost a great actor last Sunday when Philip Seymour Hoffman died from an accidental drug overdose. Something like this is always so tragic and senseless that is prompts a profound feeling of loss. Even for those of us...
by Tony McCollum
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Money is Vastly Overrated

I’m so tired of people telling potential church planters that they need X number of dollars before they can plant a church. Here’s the Deal Let’s be honest, you do need money to do a lot of things in the ministry and ...
by Tony McCollum
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