The Secret of Christmas Hospitality

More guests will show up at worship on Christmas Eve than at any other time of the year.  This is a prime opportunity. So how does your church showcase hospitality for Christmas Eve?  Are you intentional in your preparation?  It is a lot tougher to identify and connect with guests on Christmas Eve due to […]

The Six Most Powerful Accountability Words

"That won't happen again, will it?" There shouldn't be question mark at the end of that question because it's not really a question. It's a statement that should actually end with a period. In fact, it's a statement that says much, much more than just those six little words. I first heard those words from a […]

The Small Church

I begin with a disclaimer - I don’t believe the size of a church has any merit in the Kingdom. Neither do I believe a small church (under 200 in worship) or a large church has any advantages over the other. They both are called of God to perform the same mission....to carry out Christ’s […]

Dispelling The Three Big Small Group Myths

Over the years I’ve noticed three huge myths about small groups. These three myths are so pervasive and powerful they have caused churches to avoid initiating small group systems. And when a church fails in its attempt at developing small groups that multiply, most likely the culprit is one of these three myths. That’s why […]

Leading a Church Staff Effectively

I was on a coaching call the other day talking with a pastor of a church of around 500 in worship. This was the largest church he had ever led and he was frustrated with what he considered to be an ineffective staff. So I asked him to describe the problem. Here’s what he said. […]

Holding a Congregation Accountable

I recently received a note with a question that I'm sure most pastors have asked themselves at one time or another. I'm afraid there are many answers to the "why" question. The congregation is paying the pastor's salary - so they're the boss (or at least they think and act like they are) The congregation is an […]

Understanding the Role of Your Pastor

The "golden years" of the church, for many key leaders in churches across the US, were the 1950s. Back then "everyone" went to church - and if someone didn't go to church, they knew they should! Back then, the pastor didn't get caught up with trying to reach one generation or another. Everyone "liked" the […]

Packaging Experience

Over the past five years I’ve seen a tremendous shift in my ministry. Ten years ago the bulk of my ministry consisted of local church consultations and workshops. Occasionally I would be asked to coach a pastor following a consultation. Today, almost one-half of my ministry is coaching pastors either before, after, or totally absent […]

The Ability To Focus

One of the things I’ve had to do over and over in my coaching of pastors is to remind them to focus on the major issues we’ve talked about instead of getting distracted time and time again. Pastors appear to be extremely vulnerable to distractions due to their high desire to please people. Often pastors […]

Following Jesus Into The Mission Field

Those who follow my writing know I believe we are living in a pivotal period of history in which everything that will be is being separated from everything that was. In such a traumatic period all of the rules of the game of life are called into question. Christianity and the Scriptures are the result […]