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...

The Game Changer: Annual Goals And Daily Prayer Affirmations

If every Senior Pastor reading this would… Seek God’s face for next year’s ministry Write down what they believe God wants them to do ...
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How do you handle difficult people?

How do you handle difficult people in the church plant? What is a good approach to counseling? Steve Sjogren shares his thoughts on this...

Five Ways to Develop Margin in Your Life

If you look up the definition of margin, you’ll get a few different answers. The edge or border of something. The amount by which...

Thank God for “EGRs”

When we started a church in Cincinnati, I had as many as three jobs at once to make ends meet. My favorite was driving...

How to Hand Off Ministry

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that...

5 Reasons a Pastor May Not Be Leading Well

I remember talking with a concerned man about his church. He was concerned the church was wasting a lot of resources and accomplishing little...

Dealing with Critics

How can a church planter deal with critics and criticism within the church? In this quick video, Jeff Hoglen shares 3 tips on dealing with...

4 Conversations You Probably Need to Have with the Worship Leader

If I asked 100 lead pastors what is the staff or volunteer position that is most difficult to work with, how many do you...

What To Do When You Lose Confidence In Yourself

Notice I did not say IF you lose confidence in yourself. I said WHEN you lose confidence in yourself. It’s going to happen. You WILL lose...

Quitting isn’t the Answer

As I write this blog baseball's World Series is happening between two teams that have not been a part of the "Big Show" in...

Buying Into Your Preferred Future

No matter who you are, no matter what you do, today you are moving toward your future at a rapid pace. There’s just one...

The Success in Succession

Are You Future-Thinking? There’s been a lot written about senior pastors’ transition and succession, particularly as Boomers are in the throes of figuring out what’s...

Nonlinear Discipleship

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how we approach discipleship in the church. What discipleship methods have I used in the churches I’ve planted?  And...

5 Steps To Writing Excellent Sermons In 8 Hours Or Less

If you’re going to lead your church through the next growth barrier, you can’t squander the most precious personal resource you have: time. This includes wasting time on unfocused...

Are You Making The Most Of First Impressions?

First impressions are so important. Sometimes they’re so strong that they can’t be erased from the mind. Years ago Head and Shoulders shampoo advertised with the phrase “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s so true.

7 Everyday Tensions Every Leader Faces

Being a leader isn’t easy. With every decision a leader makes someone is happy – and someone is not. One often misunderstood reason leadership...