Author: Brian Eno

Hitting the 10 Year Mark

This year, Barbara and I complete 10 years of service as Next Generation Ministries Directors for the Oregon Ministry Network. Wow! What a ride. Every day I feel like I’m living a life I don’t deserve. Proverbs 8:14 reminds us “Common sense and success belong to me (the Lord).” Looking back, we’re so grateful for the many successes we’ve seen, and are very aware all our successes are a gift from God and have little to do with our human achievements. Proverbs 8:14 reminds us “Common sense and success belong to me (the Lord).” As I reflect over the...

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The Difference between Hearing and Listening

Most would agree there is a difference between hearing and listening. Before I started hunting, I thought the woods were a place of silence. I have since learned they are noisy, but you don’t really notice until you listen. Being a good listener will give you an adventure in life and increase your influence as a leader. People don’t want to be heard, they desire to be listened to and understood. If you’ll take the time to listen, people will return the gift with their appreciation and trust. On the other hand, failing to listen can lead to tragedy....

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Building Your Speaking Ministry

A big part of being a kids pastor or youth pastor is public speaking. As pastors, we’re all confronted with the same questions each week: What am I going to teach on? What is God desiring to say to His people? How can I best communicate this message? What makes this task even more difficult is the fact that many of us next generation pastors have limited formal training when it comes to sermon preparation and preaching. Yet, I do believe we can learn to be effective communicators of God’s word if we will make sermon preparation a priority....

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Empowering your Leaders

My favorite part of leadership is empowering other leaders. Nothing brings me more joy in church leadership than giving away ministry to other leaders and seeing them flourish. I’ve learned that the most effective way to empower leaders is through a concept called Keychain Leadership. I discovered this in the book, Growing Young by Fuller Youth Institute. Do you remember your first set of keys? I do. I received my first set of keys at age 16. They were for my first car, a 1972 Pontiac Lemans. This baby had a 454 engine under the hood and was completely...

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Meet our New Royal Rangers Ministry Director

After much asking, seeking and knocking, the Lord has helped us discover our next OMN Royal Rangers Ministry Director. I am happy to announce that Brad Phillips has accepted this network leadership position and will begin serving January 1, 2018. Brad began his involvement in Royal Rangers as a Buckaroo in 1975 at 7 years old. In 1982, he earned his GMA. In 1984 and 1985, he was the District Royal Ranger of the year and represented Oregon in the Region. For the past 30 years, Brad has lead Royal Ranger Outposts in Cottage Grove, Springfield, Vale, Baker City...

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