The Church Model Doesn’t Matter (As Long As You Stick With...

I have a friend who swears that drinking water and walking is the key to optimal health. He walks 50 miles a week and...

The 3 Buckets of Every Church

If you are trying to restart your congregation or jumpstart growth, what I’m about to share with you is hands down the single most...

How To Keep Pressing Forward

A friend and I were talking about the value of encouragement, and he said, “Hey, let me tell you a story.” Jared learned to play...

Killers that Stunt Your Personal and Organizational Growth

Turn around or growth are usually the result of some action taken by the leadership. Usually its not the little changes that kill a church,...

Lessons We Can Learn From Ants

ANTS!!! It seems that no matter what I do they become more. They are in the kitchen, the bathroom, the dining room, the living...

Finding a Mentor

I met with my mentor yesterday.  Bryce Jessup, President Emeritus of William Jessup University, has kindly been my mentor for many years.  Three other...

Setting Life Goals Intro

I recently read an interesting book by Garry Kasparov titled How Life Imitates Chess. Kasparov won his first world-championship chess match in 1985 and...

Leadership Development for Dummies

Sorry if the title is crude. No implication about anyone here. But leadership development may not be as difficult as we often make it...

The Dangerous Divide Between Theology and Practicality

In many corners of the church today, there’s an unhelpful and unhealthy division between theology and practical ministry. This division is damaging to both...

Strengthened by Grace

Spiritual and church leadership is tough for even the best of leaders. Behind closed doors, every leader will admit being tired, frustrated, angry, depressed,...

Characteristics of a Successful Church Planter

Recently I did a post entitled - The 5 P’s of Church Planting The five P’s have been essential in the assessment process that God revealed...

Conquer The Learning Curves

Most of us only dream at the scale of what we've experienced before. It's the learning curve that's holding us back. But learning curves are meant...

Why We Need to Maintain Perspective

I was sitting in a class with J. Robert “Bobby” Clinton years ago, dealing with life-long leadership realities.  His seminal statement was this:  “The...

How To Make A Good Sermon Great

The art of writing a sermon fascinates me. How does a speaker move from a good idea to a great message? Others much more...

Truth Honors God

If God blesses you with leadership in the Church for enough years, you’ll inevitably hit a situation where someone has to be dismissed from...

20 Quotes to Encourage Church Planters

Here are 20 quotes that I hope you find encouraging as you live out the calling and adventure we call church planting. Desperation is...

The Secret Life of Pastors

What is your goal as a pastor? What would bring real satisfaction? I know pastors who have 100 people who are convinced that if they...

“Houston, We Have A Problem…”

If the church was a mission to the moon, and I was the commander of the mission, my call to Mission Central would be:...

Pastor’s Monday Morning Blues?

Pastors, if you are anything like me, Mondays can be tough. Tough in many ways. For starters, there is the physical recuperation that needs...

Upgrading The Weekend ‘Net’: Clarifying the Goal

Some who are veteran readers of my articles and books may be surprised to find that I see weekend gatherings to be of the...
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