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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Management Skills

They didn't teach me management skills in seminary.  Wish they had because as the leader of a church I needed them badly and it's a shame I had to learn them on my own.  So I thought i would pass on some pointers. Point Number One:  If you can't measure it, it will not succeed.  […]

One Of The Best Books Of The Last Five Years

A book every pastor with a staff or going to have a staff should read -"Fairness Is Overrated" by Tim Stevens.. Over the past two years I've waded through dozens of books and only a handful have pushed my buttons as much as this one. This book is so cool and to the point I'm […]