The Secret to Effective Ministry

The world is changing dramatically.  Pastors have been trained to do spiritual care.  But now the goal is leadership - whatever that really means in a church. Do you struggle with what it looks like to be a leader in the church?  Do you have secret moments when you feel like a failure, when you […]

Put an End to Zombie Ministries

No, I'm not talking about pulling your support from Zombie Runs (though hopefully you have better things to do with your church's resources). I'm talking about those ministries that probably got started years and years ago but have failed to bear sufficient fruit (but keep on going and going and going anyway). The children's moment […]

Five Secrets to Getting Out of the Office

There's an old saying that goes "Pastor, you can't be faithful to the Great Commission if you're stuck inside your office" (okay, so it's not that old of a saying). But the truth is there nonetheless. We've found that pastors of turnaround churches (and larger growing churches as well) spend less time in their office and more time […]


Last night I watched Selma. It’s hard to believe our country was ever like that. But I remember when I was a young kid of 17 or 18. In the summers I drove an 18-wheeler cross country to help pay for school. On the really long trips there would be two drivers, and usually I would be […]

6 Ways to Safeguard Pastors

Pastors live in the midst of many people. But the secret is they are often lonely and depressed. Pastors suffer from a lack of friends. Be honest, if you are a pastor, are you lonely? If you go to church, do you think your pastor may be lonely? Not only is this an issue for […]

Church Planters Must Be Graciously Ruthless

I tell church planters, “If you can’t show someone the door and go home and sleep well that night, you shouldn’t plant.” One of the things we’ve learned over the years is that planting a church is hard, lonely work. If you can’t let criticism run off your back like water off a duck and aren't […]

Worship Is a Celebration, Not a Performance

A friend of mine called the other day to ask my advice about something going on at his church. It seems one of their lead worship singers leaves the room as soon as she is finished singing and sits in the lobby drinking coffee, never attending a service. He has said something to her a […]

Dare We Peek Into The Future?

Recently, I received a phone call from an old client I had not heard from for several years. He called to ask if I had given any thought to making a new list of predictions about the future. He had just re-read my 1993 book entitled Dancing with Dinosaurs and was impressed that the list […]

The Greatest Tragedy in History

If you were asked what you considered to be the greatest tragedy in history, what would you say? Surely some would pick the Holocaust. Others in the U.S. might pick 9/11. Still others would settle on Hurricane Katrina. There might be a few who would reach back in history and choose the Great Plague that […]

Stop Suffering From Mega Church Envy

We live in a time when the nature of church is changing dramatically.  There are a few very large congregations, but most churches are quite small.  Do I have to be a mega church pastor to be "successful?" What does it mean to be church in our time?  Let's be honest.  How do we feel […]