I once heard a pastor state that he loved his job--except for the people. Ninety percent of pastors who graduate from seminary resign from the ministry within the first ten years because they get tired of the gossip, rebellion, disrespect, disloyalty, immaturity, and pettiness of their congregations. They might find it easier to be a garbage collector, a ditch digger, a mechanic, or a pilot who can sit in the cockpit of an airplane with the door shut and not be required to deal with people. These options might relieve the frustrations of a minister, but they certainly do not build the church.

Whether people are uneducated, self-taught, or scholars, they can cause insurrection and other problems in families, businesses, churches and ministries. The root of their immaturity is pride, which results in bad attitudes. Their stubborn, disrespectful, debating, undisciplined personalities create disloyalty; and finally, division rules. The family, business, church or ministry ultimately fails as Moses failed in the wilderness when his leaders caused such a putrid atmosphere that God did not allow them to enter the promised land.

The key to a winning team in a church, ministry or office is to have people, whether educated or not, who are willing to learn and will follow godly leadership. We must stop working with and imparting into the lives of people who are too stubborn to be taught and won't follow simple instructions and policies. Such behavior only fuels frustration and disunity in a staff with a “mutiny on the bounty” waiting to happen. Yes, I do believe in education, and that is why I encourage all my staff to continue to take the courses offered at World Ministries International School of Theology. An educated staff is much better equipped to be effective in ministry if they possess "the winning attitude". If they do not, they can be more troublesome, as Moses discovered.

Jesus loved the boastful, argumentative, debating Peter who was always challenging Jesus with his big mouth because of his pride. However, Jesus could not trust or use him while he was a disciple. Peter became an apostle only after he fell on his face, repented, and finally obeyed the teachings of Jesus that he had heard taught over the years.

~Dr. Hansen's Conference Schedule~


Saturday, August 21, 2010
Mirabeau Park Hotel & Conference Center
1100 N Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, WA 99037

Saturday, August,28, 2010
The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
1507 N First Street, Yakima, WA 98901

Saturday, September 4, 2010
Holiday Inn Portland Airport
8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, OR 97220

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa
1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033

Friday, September 24, 2010
Clovis Civic Center
801 Schepps Blvd., Clovis, NM 88101

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Holiday Inn Park Plaza
3201 South Loop 289, Lubbock, TX 79423

Monday, September 27, 2010
Ambassador Hotel
3100 I-40 West, Amarillo, TX 79102

Friday, October 1, 2010
Santa Fe Courtyard by Marriott
3347 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87507

Saturday, October 2, 2010
Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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