Rick Lance

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Leadership Styles and Trials

More books, articles, blogs, podcasts and other forms of communication have focused on the role of leadership in recent decades than most any other subject.

FIRST-PERSON: When breaking news breaks our hearts

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (BP) – Breaking news is a commonly used headline for some current event that demands our attention. Many times breaking news breaks our hearts.

Leadership Lessons From a Fellow Laborer

Books and articles on the subject of leadership are plentiful. A trip to the bookstore or shopping online for eBooks will verify this assertion. Sometimes, I am stunned by the titles of such books.

FIRST-PERSON: The Yellow Shirt Army

Editor’s note: Rick Lance is executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. PRATTVILLE, Ala. (BP) – When terrible events happen, who are you going to call? The answer is often the Yellow Shirt Army – namely Southern Baptist Disaster Relief workers. Across the SBC, many state conventions have trained people who make […]

FIRST-PERSON: Get comfortable being uncomfortable

PRATVILLE, Ala. (BP) – For many, the Navy Seals have become the gold standard of elite special forces operators. They have their own unique culture, learned from their training and shared among their fellow Seals.

Una buena actitud mientras vamos a Anaheim

Anaheim espera a los bautistas del sur mientras nos preparamos para nuestra reunión anual. El escenario será el soleado sur de California. Como todos sabemos, este no es nuestro típico lugar de reunión para los bautistas del sur.

FIRST-PERSON: A good attitude as we go to Anaheim

Anaheim awaits Southern Baptists as we prepare for our annual meeting. The setting will be sunny southern California. As we all know, this is not our typical meeting place for Southern Baptists. Yet for our brothers and sisters in the western states, meeting in Anaheim makes an important statement about their ministry where Southern Baptists […]

FIRST-PERSON: A yearning for something fresh from God

Recently, I was blessed to hear Bill Elliff speak on the subjects of prayer, revival and spiritual awakening. I was touched by his passion for something fresh from God to move in the lives of believers and in our churches.

FIRST-PERSON: A time to remember

PRATVILLE, Ala. (BP) – Anniversaries are usually times of joy and celebration. Wedding anniversaries are certainly that kind of experience. Anniversaries for church families are a time to celebrate their histories and to praise the Lord for His blessings upon them.

FIRST-PERSON: Numbers matter

Data on baptisms, discipleship and stewardship, Rick Lance notes, provide "a unique glimpse at the eternal impact churches are making for the Lord."

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