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E = mc2 …Spiritually Speaking

At one point at the church where I pastored, we were doing seven identical services every weekend. In a room that seated 570 people,...

The Biggest Barrier to Reaching Young Families Right Now

Empathy – The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Several years ago my wife became a stay at home mom. It was something...

Whatever Happened to Excellence

My brother was in the Marines … a loooong time ago. I was in the Air Force … a looooooonger time ago. I’m sure...

4 Suggestions for Finding the Right Mentor

I have had many mentors who have invested deeply in my life. The person I am is in great part because of others pouring...

Want Popcorn with Your Worship?

Prior to March 11, my wife and I went to the cinema almost every Friday. Thankfully, we mostly have the same taste in movies,...

Leading Out of the Status Quo

If a definition of leadership is basically moving others toward a goal—moving a group of people from one place to another—then the first part...

The High Price Of Inaction

I guarantee there’s a decision you’ve been putting off that if you postpone it any longer, it is going to cost you dearly. How do...

What’s Most Important Right Now?

Can we just take a moment to catch our breath? Follow after me, breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out. Do you feel better...

4 Effective Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself

Have you ever uttered any of these sentences? "I can't do it!" "That's way out of my league. I can’t possibly succeed at that.” ...

My “System” For Handling Difficult People in the Church

I was talking with a pastor that I coach recently. He asked me how I handle difficult people in the church. I assured him...

How Your Building Is Killing Your Growth (and what to do...

Senior Pastors typically underestimate the impact their building has on their church’s future growth. Building Too Late Church planters believe the lie that they don’t need...

When Protesting Doesn’t Work

The other day I received a note about the church’s response to the current injustices. The writer shared how he was organizing his church...

A Key Question Leaders Need To Ask

One of the biggest questions you as a leader need to ask: “Are those who report to me headed in the same direction as me?”...

Small Town Worship

If I were to ask you what’s the one area in your church that could use the most help, what would you say? If...

A Church OF Small Groups

Small groups are one of the most misunderstand ministries I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen them all.  Most small groups are just one of...

A Huge Reason We Can Expect Smaller Crowds Upon Church Reentry

One reason we can expect smaller crowds upon church reentry is not the virus. That’s part of it for sure. It makes sense. Especially...

Transitioning From Crisis

The church is going through a transition of sorts. Many of us are preparing to exit the full-lockdown measures of the current Covid crisis....

The Black Box Church

Thirty years ago, the church I was a part of began using video. A lot. Our numbers had exploded. We were in a former Baptist...

Half of All Churches in America are Growing During this Crisis???

How amazing is that? We went from around 10 percent of churches experiencing growth to 50 percent, and all it took was a global...

3 Questions Every Church Leader Needs to Ask NOW

As churches begin to prepare for re-opening our buildings, I think there are three important questions every church leader needs to ask. There are...
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