The Fortune Cookie

Imagine finishing your meal at the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant. The server brings you the bill and snuggled up against it is a very special Fortune Cookie. I say it’s special because this time it’s going to accurately predict the future. With great anticipation you break open the cookie and eat it completely before […]

Contingency Plans

The lights went out during worship last week. All of them. The ones overhead. The platform spotlights. The projector’s bright beam. Even the multicolored LEDs on the sound board went out.

They’d lost power. 

In retrospect, everything turned out alright. There was enough light streaming in through the stained glass windows that most people could both […]

The Most Important Day of the Year

The most important day of the year for churches is just around the corner. Christmas Eve, not Easter, is the most important day of the year to reach unchurched people. This fact has been true for decades but it is becoming more true today. So what does this mean for your church? 

One, if you […]

Happy Thanksgiving

 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Thanksgiving for the Christian is not just a holiday, I believe it is a Holy-day commemorating Christian pilgrim people who sought a new life in a new world where they could freely worship […]

Three Worlds: One Reality

I don’t remember who connected me to Aaron Renn, but somehow I stumbled upon him. Renn works for a New York think tank and is a cultural critic. 

He also happens to be a Christian. 

As a side project, he writes a newsletter called The Masculinist that reflects on the “intersection of Christianity and masculinity. Though […]

Blurry Vision, Bleak Future

You’ve heard me say it before. If you’ve got to herd cats, you’ll need a bigger mouse.

Your church cats will chase the biggest mouse in the room, and if your Big Mouse Vision is smaller than someone else’s, you’ll lose their attention every time. The wise and successful pastor stays on his/her knees until […]

Great Church Leaders Keep Their Mercy Gift in Check

Most pastors and professional church leaders I know got into the ministry to do… ministry. They’re the kind of people who aren’t just incensed with injustice, they’re compelled to do something about it. When they see a need up close and personal, they’ll move heaven and earth to meet it. If someone they know […]

Easum’s Last Stand

This is the LAST seminar Bill Easum will be doing.

The very last one.
There will be no more.
This isn’t a publicity stunt.
I’m retiring.
Period.

And to date, enough registrations have some in so far that I can say the event sent for February 26-27 is a “GO.”  If you are planning on attending, now is the time […]

Nothing Beats a Meeting

You may be surprised by the title. Who wouldn’t be? I believe it was a Harvard Business School study that revealed that the more meetings we attend, the more our IQ’s drop. 

In this blog, and in our books, we’ve pointed out that the lead pastor needs to bow out of a many meetings as […]