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Velo contributors provide practical and relatable content. These thoughts are intended to encourage edify and equip you as a developing leader to develop leaders.

The Purpose of Worship – Part 3

Sincerity Fruitful worship is sincere. Jesus explained that true worship requires spirit and truth, not spirit or truth.  John 4:22-23 "You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when...

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How to be Qualified to Lead

Another mega-church pastor was removed from his ministry because of notorious sin. This time it wasn’t embezzlement, or inappropriate behavior with a woman. This time, once again, the life dominating sins were pride and abuse of authority. This time, once again, we...

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The Purpose of Worship – Part 2

Seeking Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the site of Jacob’s well in her village. As Jesus asks her for a drink she is surprised that a Jew would ask for a drink from her since she is a Samaritan and a woman. Typically, the Jews avoided the whole area of Samaria,...

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The Advocacy of Leadership

Several years ago, I found myself unemployed as a father of five and looking at the daunting prospect of my church experience not translating well on resumes to more secular job opportunities. However, a friend of mine heard about a job opening at Joni and Friends,...

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The Purpose of Worship

What is fruitful worship, and why should we worship? Fruitful worship is a life transformed by an intimate relationship with God. Worship is demonstrated in song, prayer, lifestyle, by individuals and an assembly, spontaneously and prearranged. Worship is the stirring...

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Be a Person of Prayer

Today I prayed for my sons and everything changed… As a parent, or a leader, you will inevitably have the experience where you have tried to encourage change in a host of ways, but to no avail. You have tried to encourage a desired behavior or attitude through...

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The Kingdom Belongs to God

But now your kingdom shall not continue. 1Sam. 13:14  Perceived kingdoms are difficult to relinquish… It’s the tendency of church leaders who seek to establish and develop their personal kingdoms to struggle with letting go of their claim. So it was with Saul,...

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Leadership Begins with Trust

Trust is a foundational principle of leadership. It must exist in both directions between leaders and followers for the greatest level of influence to exist. Leadership is often described as influence and it is rather challenging to influence people without trust....

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4 Different Hats You Need to Wear as a Parent

A few weeks ago my 5-year-old daughter Eden asked me to explain the doctrine of the Trinity to her. Of course she didn’t use those words, but she wanted to understand how Jesus and the Father were both God at the same time. Thankfully, I had heard a helpful way to...

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Treat Those on Christ’s Side as Friends not Foes

For he who is not against us is on our side. Mk. 9:40 We have our own recipe for Shepherd’s pie… We have a wonderful Irish restaurant in our town [when writing to a Christian audience it seems prudent to call the place a restaurant rather than a tavern or pub]. They...

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Be Your Best

To develop leaders you must seek to progress from potential to performance, and encourage and equip others to do the same. The objective is to discover and utilize God-given talents and capacity for kingdom calling. We will examine the life of Apollos to discover four...

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Be Strong – Developing Leaders [Eph. 6:10]

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."--Vince Lombardi There are countless times that I’ve wanted to give up … Being an effective...

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The Plan Matters Pt. 2 – Coaching Matters

In part one, we saw the importance of Christ-like character and commitment. Here we focus on Christ confident and capable. Christ confident: Does the planter seem to depend on the power of Christ rather than his own ability? Sooner or later [preferably sooner]...

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The Plan Matters Pt. 1 – Coaching Matters

The plan: The plan refers to the planter in regard to the core issue of calling, core questions to help implement the calling, and core values necessary for a healthy Calvary Chapel. The core issue: calling        What are the planter’s passions and burdens? What is...

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