5 Questions to Discover if You Honor the People God Loves

We talk a lot about honor in our culture in regards to public service and acts of bravery.  But why don't we speak more about honoring one another in daily life? Think about it.  How do people perceive you?  And in regards to church, does your congregation honor every precious child of God? I feel […]

Asking Advice? Lookin’ Good!

We don't normally do this, but since the Harvard Business Review "Daily Stat" blog has been broken for over three months, instead of just posting a link, we're reproducing a GREAT mini-post here. Asking for Advice Makes You Seem More Competent Most people assume that asking for advice will make others think poorly of them. […]

Spending Time Mentoring Staff

Spending time mentoring staff is one of the most important thing a pastor can do. When I suggest to a person I’m coaching that he or she needs to spend more time mentoring or training their staff they usually ask, “What does that look like”? Here’s my response. First, you should see yourself as the […]

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Many of you know for the past two decades I have been obsessed with offshore Billfishing. It’s impossible to give justice to an description of the feeling one gets when a 400 lb. Blue Marlin is coming toward your bait. You see the fin, then the bill, then the crash as the Blue attacks the […]

How to Undermine Church Leadership in One Easy Step

The church had done all the hard work of building a solid foundation. They identified their mission, vision, and values and they developed both membership and leadership covenants. It looked like they were ready to move to the next steps of growth. Enter the Nominating Committee. There were several leadership positions that needed to be filled, but […]

The Secret to Finding People Who Don’t Go to Church

Jesus said to "Go!" and make disciples.  But where do we go? A big issue in contemporary church is that most Christians only interact with other church people.  If you are a follower of Jesus, how many friends do you have who don't go to church?  Do you need to change that? I recently did […]

6 Steps to Spiritual Conversations That Change Lives

Jesus sent out 70 people to prepare the way for his coming by proclaiming peace to people's households.  Those people were likely Jews who were eager to have a conversation about the possibility of The Messiah.  It seems that our context today is very different.  How does God send us out? There seem to be […]

Stop Sharing Your Church Newsletter With Visitors – and Other Follow-Up Gaffes

... that is, if you're making these really dumb mistakes. I had a rare Sunday off a couple weeks ago and decided to drop by a local church that I'd never visited. I'd discovered the church on my annual Christmas Light Tour (where I drive aimlessly through random neighborhoods looking for great light displays) and I […]

Christ Centered Pastors Don’t Make Disciples Or Care For People

That’s right, you read it correctly - Christ-centered pastors don’t make disciples nor do they take care of people.   Instead, they do what Jesus did.... they equip others to make disciples and to care for people. These pastors would rather equip ten people to make disciples than to make disciples themselves. Disciple-making and caring for […]

How To Effectively Lead A Staff

This article is a follow up to the previous article on Staff Management. Learning how to lead a staff is one of the most important aspects of a pastor’s life if that pastor wants to be an effective leader. Every study shows that the vast majority of churches grow based on their leader and how […]

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