Your Church’s Place in a Crazy Changing World

In my last post, I made a comment about being in a crazy world. But it’s more than just a crazy world. It’s a changing world, at the most fundamental level  From the unprecedented election of Barack Obama, the first African American, to the unprecedented election of Donald Trump, the first non-politician, one can’t […]

It’s 2.5 Minutes to Midnight

We live in a crazy world. It seems everything has been turned upside down since the election of Donald Trump. Truthfully, I don’t know if this is good or bad. I guess we will have to wait and see. What I do know is I have come to distrust what I read or see […]

From Doers to Equippers – Part Three

What happens during the transition?

The pastor must carefully and slowly chip away at destroying the dependent culture and establishing a growth culture. For eight years, I chipped away at changing the culture to one of equipping. I spent those 8 years filtering out whom I had to see and get fired and whom I […]

New Podcasts in the Toolbox – Get Yours Today

We keep the Effective Church Toolbox filled with tools to help congregations become increasingly effective, faithful, and sustainable. We added new podcasts to the resources this week: Win Arn on getting people in through the side door; Larry Osborne on Sticky Teams; and Clif Christopher on Whose Offering Plate Is It?

If you’ve already “signed […]

Where Has ALL the Common Sense Gone?

Have you noticed that we are living in a world that uses less and less common sense? Consider some of the things I’ve witnessed this week:

TSA people patting down a 93-year-old grandmother in a wheel chair and having her show them her adult diaper.
Our politicians arguing over peanuts while we move toward […]

Living with or Ministering to a Stroke Victim

I’m sure some of my acquaintances will tell me I shouldn’t have posted this to my blog. They may be right but I feel compelled to post it because it might help someone.  Isn’t that what Christians are supposed to do? I want to help anyone who has a spouse who has had a […]

The Primacy of Preaching

I’m reading a fascinating book, Preaching and Preachers, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.  I must confess, I’ve never read anything by him before and that’s a shame. The book is an excellent read.  His premise is that preaching is the primary thing a minister does. He gives three reasons. One, because preaching is primary in […]

Five Reasons Western Christianity Is in Trouble While Christianity Flourishes in Much of the World

Here’s something to think about: one doesn’t have to look closely at Western Christianity to tell it is in jeopardy. With over 85% of our churches simultaneously declining and aging, the number of Christians in the West will drop by 50% within the next 25 years.

However, that’s not the whole picture. Visit many parts of […]

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