Fixing the Church Board Problem

Some churches call them deacons, some call them elders, some have trustees, and others probably call them by other names, but for this post...

Pastoring Through a Pandemic

This feels like we’re experiencing a biblical plague.  Well, maybe it’s not a plague, but it is a difficult time for church members and leaders...

A Leader People Want to Follow

What kind of a leader are you? There are several hundred books (at least!) that will help you discover that answer, but in my...

5 Ways a Leader Responds as a Crisis Begins

Leader, how should we respond when a crisis comes? I love the leadership displayed during a scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” where George Bailey...

Don’t Give Up -Sync!

  I've had one of those weeks when everywhere I turn, I've heard or read some version of Paul's verse in Galatians, "Let us not...

8 Leadership Sins To Avoid… And How To Find Your Way...

All leaders go through mental and emotional gyrations that can cause mental messiness. Some of these sins are greater than others. Some are easier...

Whimsical Holiness: The Key of Incarnational Life

A few years ago, I wrote about a concept in my book The Tangible Kingdom, which I believe is the key to Christian engagement...

How Many Churches Did the Apostle Paul Start?

  Some have said that Paul only started 14 churches in his lifetime. If so that is a remarkable thing, but I tend to think...

You Need A Sidekick

Every Monday I post one of The Basics. The Basics are simple steps every church can take to grow. They are the same steps that led...

Reality Check

Truth be known, most church leaders don’t hit the Church Growth Panic Button until the money hits the fan. At the moment it becomes...

5 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders

A good leader inspires people to do something bigger than themselves. In the case of churches and para-church groups, the Great commission along with...

4 Types of Pastoral Leadership

As a pastor, it can seem noble and even Biblical to try to be all things to all men. The apostle Paul even said...

3 Practical Ways To Take Your Preaching To The Next Level

Here are a few practical things that you can do to take your preaching to the next level, with minimal effort. 1. Do a two-minute warning. My...

4 Types Of People Who Give Anonymous Criticism

As a leader for over 30 years, I’ve received my share of criticism. It comes with leadership. If you aren’t receiving criticism — you...

The Top Three Lessons

  Learning from history doesn’t cost much. And it’s worth whatever we have to pay for it. No matter where you are located, there is something...

A Month By Month Guide To Understanding Your Listener’s Mindsets

All great communicators begin with focusing on their listener’s mindset, not their topic. Senior Pastor’s who are great preachers are no exception to this rule. Below...

7 Personal Disciplines: A 90 Day Challenge

I’ve always been considered a fairly disciplined person. There are certain disciplines that have made me who I am today. In especially busy or stressful...

Mistakes I Hope to Make In 2020

Sometimes the best mistakes are premeditated. We can sometimes assume that to lose in any way is a horrible thing that must be avoided...

The Best Way to Cut the Church Budget

It’s never a good thing when you have to cut the church budget. Luckily, I haven’t had to do it a lot, but this...

Mastering Tough Decisions

According to John Maxwell - everything rises and falls on leadership. Leadership consists of making decisions. Decisions are the genesis of progress and forward...