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The 4:12 Leadership Barrier – Whiteboard Wednesday Season 4: Episode 10

In 35 years of church leadership, I’ve recognized that one biblical principle is more often associated with healthy and missionally-effective churches than any other… The 4/12 principle. Paying close attention to the 4/12 principle sets healthy priorities, healthy relationships between church leaders and the congregation, and values those processes that should be high value in the church. There is not …

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The Great Rescue

In the space of 18 days, one of the most riveting stories of our time unfolded slowly and with great risk and uncertainty. By now you know the story … On June 23, 2018, twelve boys and their assistant coach ventured into a cave network in northern Thailand after soccer practice, and were trapped when flood waters rose rapidly. On …

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Join Us In Chicago for City to City North America

Join the Luminex Church Multiplication Team October 17-20 at Moody Church in Chicago for the Gospel & Our Cities conference with Dr. Tim Keller. North America needs thousands of churches started and revitalized through the good news of the gospel so that cities will be renewed through those churches. As we prayerfully anticipate gospel renewal in our cities and prepare …

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Balancing the Missional End Game – Whiteboard Wednesday season 4: episode 9

Balancing the Missional End Game is a constant challenge for leaders in the 21st Century. The Bible teaches us that kingdom transformation and personal conversion are complementary missional priorities, not mutually exclusive goals. When we pit these two missional trajectories against one another, we end up committing the error of mere social activism on the one hand, or the error …

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Pushing Against the Rock

I recently came across a fictional story, written by an unknown author, that encouraged me to “keep on keeping on” with the ministry calling God has given me. I hope this story encourages your heart as it did mine. There was a man who was asleep one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light from the …

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The Self-Aware Leader

One of the most important qualities of a high-performing, healthy leader is self-awareness. The longer I’ve been in ministry, the more I’ve learned about the importance of self-awareness. We humans have a profound propensity to self-deception. In other words, we fool ourselves. In truth, facing our weaknesses, our sins, our short-comings, our failures, and our unintended impact is incredibly difficult. …

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The Power of Team – Whiteboard Wednesday season 4: episode 8

In today’s Whiteboard Wednesday, Scott Lokers, Transition Ministry Catalyst for the Luminex team, shares more about the power of working within a team. Many of us in leadership have an independent streak which enables us to get things done. But if we want to be most effective, we will “lead with.” As unique as Jesus’ ministry is, He doesn’t do …

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What is Escapism? What does Jesus have to say about it?

Editors note: Today we welcome City Chapel to the Luminex Blog!  City Chapel is a new Luminex-supported church plant emerging in downtown Grand Rapids, under the leadership of the Rev.’s Ron and Anna Radcliffe!  Check out this cool video about their latest preview worship service here. You can also go to citychapel.org for all the information about this exciting ministry.  Today’s …