For Church Planters Eyes Only

Over the years I’ve noticed something about church plants that might be helpful to you. Somewhere around 125-200 in worship many semi-successful church planters lose their focus on outreach and bringing more people to Christ and the church stalls out. I’ve noticed several reasons for this loss of focus on outreach and evangelism. I share […]

Exponential West 2015

Hey folks, I'm going to be at Exponential West, the largest gathering of church planters in the world, and I'd love to see you there.  It's that good and its not just for planters.  For example. I'm doing a Pre-Conference on Giving New Life To A Stuck Church, and then I will do two workshops, […]

The Times They Are A Changing: And the Implications for Christianity and Society

People are always asking me what I think about the future- the future of the church, nation, and world. I've dealt with this question a number of times in my writings but felt it was time to take a fresher look.  Here are my recent thoughts. Throughout history, especially the last 200 years, everything has […]

On Not Being Nice for the Sake of the Gospel

The following is one of our most asked-for blog posts.  It was written two decades ago, but it is still as relevant today as it was then. Throughout all my consulting ministry, I have seen a disturbing pattern: most established churches are held hostage by one or two bullies. Either one individual or a small group […]

A Guest-Friendly Website

Recently I was asked for recommendations for remodeling a church's website. In response I wrote a too-long email, but a just right blog post. So I thought I'd share it here. A "tiny" bit of this is pretty technical, but even a novice will find some tips to help tighten up your site. (BTW, we […]

Bad Information for a Young Pastor

Jim was right out of seminary and into his third year as pastor of his first church. He had worked hard all three years, but the church didn't grow. In fact, if anything, it was smaller than when he arrived. His frustration level was high. I ran into Jim at a seminar I was doing […]

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog

The vast majority of dying churches I know get their priorities mixed up. Every church has a primary priority and secondary priorities. The primary priority of any church should be effectively growing the Kingdom, and it can’t be doing that if it totally dies. Secondary priorities can be any kind of mission they choose. However, many […]

Directness Wins … At Least for Me

I’ve never been very good at catching subtle hints … but was pretty good at laying them out there. For years, I worked with churches and tried to lead with gentle-ish suggestions, but little changed. It was in Loganville, Georgia where I intentionally made a change. I was the pastor of a historic church on […]

The Biggest Lesson I Ever Learned

One of the best things about getting older is the lessons learned along the way.  Let me share the biggest lesson I learned.  It's so simple but it's what makes life exciting and productive.  Here it is: "The more you risk, the greater the possible return." I'm convinced that the main reason so many churches are […]

Turning a Church Around

I will  never forget that day.  It was my first Sunday at a church that only five years earlier ran 249 in worship.  But as I stood to teach I was greeted by only 37 people.  You read that correctly.  In five years the church declined from 249 to 37 people. I later found out […]