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Four Reasons Why Some Churches See First-Time Visitors Almost Every Week

The pastor was on vacation and I was invited to be the guest preacher. Before the service while I was being briefed by the worship leader, I noticed a significant hubub at the back of the church. A young couple had come in and they were nearly mobbed by one wellwisher after another. The music […]

Tired of Herding Cats?

You probably hear it as often as I do. "Trying to get them organized is like herding cats." Whether it's being applied to the stewardship committee, the congregational council, or the local minister's alliance, it's an apt simile whenever you come across a pack of individuals who are more interested in getting what they want […]

Christmas Ideas

It’s not too early to begin thinking about what you’re going to do to capitalize on the pagan holiday known as Christmas. Yes, you heard me correctly- Christmas is a pagan holiday. But contrary to what you might think, being a pagan holiday makes it an even more valuable evangelism tool than you think. Meeting […]

Smaller Boards Outperform Larger Boards – Duh!

A study by the Wall Street Journal discovered that larger corporations with smaller boards outperformed their larger-board counterparts by a significant margin. In fact, as few as 3-5 extra people made a difference in profit margins by up to 18 percent. Churches of every size have similar issues. The larger the board the less efficient and the […]

Ushers Ush

"Good morning, Mrs. Dalton. Do you have a seating preference?" "Oh Sheila, you ask me every week. You know I always sit in the same place." The usher smiled. "Yes, but you never know!" Then she turned to a couple just then coming through the door. "Good morning! Do you have a seating preference?" "Well, we […]

Team Building Basics

It's almost nominating time, and with nominations come the reconstitution of teams. But will they just do business as usual, or will they make a serious difference in your congregation? Much depends on what happens at their very first meeting. When a team comes together for the first time, typically the pecking order gets quickly […]

Slow … Steady … Strategic

One of the problems with high-functioning ministers is that our energy tends to always function quite highly, even to the point of dysfunction at times. Many of us score a high “P” on the Myers-Briggs Inventory (which, by the way stands for PANTS, as in fly-by-the-seat-of), so orderly doesn’t tend to be either in our […]

The Failures of Recycling and Reusing

I live in Missouri, but I'm a Seattle-ite at heart. One of the widest cultural differences between the two is the attitude toward recycling. I'm used to looking at every piece of "trash" and doing the gymnastics to see if there's a new use for it, and failing that, deciding which recycling bin it belongs […]

Children in Adult Targeted Worship – A Response

I hate writing this kind of blog post. Refuting someone else's well-thought out opinions isn't in my DNA. But the article Sunday Schooling Our Kids Out of Church has been gaining some traction in mainline circles and I'm compelled to counter because if the conclusions offered are taken seriously, the current declines in church will not only […]

The Difficulty Of Making A Dream Come True

Over the 25 years I’ve been a consultant and coach I’ve noticed that one of the hardest actions facing a pastor is taking a dream and turning it into reality. Most pastors enter ministry dreaming about making a difference in people’s lives or changing the world or simply being part of a thriving church. The […]