Developing Relational Maturity (Part 4)

John Donne, in his Devotions (1624) is famous for saying, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

I have always taken that to mean that as humans, we were created to be in relationship with one another. We were made to […]

Developing Spiritual Maturity (Part 3)

Luke 2:52 tells us that during his time growing up, Jesus developed in four ways.

He developed in wisdom – intellectual development.

He developed in stature – physical development.

He developed in favor with God – spiritual development.

He developed in favor with man – interpersonal development.

A full human life is well balanced. Thus, it was important to […]

Developing Emotional Maturity (Part 2)

As Christian leaders we are called to continually grow to more like Christ, developing in the same ways he did.

Luke 2:52 tells us four ways that Jesus developed, “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and favor with man.”

He developed in wisdom – intellectual development.

He developed in stature – […]

Developing Christ-like Leadership (Part 1)

If you are a Christian, then your ultimate goal is to become like Jesus Christ. God has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us to help us grow to become more like him. If we want the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our life to his so we can […]

Church in the Post-Pandemic World

The other day, ECG Partner Scott Musselman shot me a note about something I’d written that referenced the post-pandemic church. He said that his church wasn’t post-pandemic yet! And of course he’s completely correct – the Great Pandemic of 2020 hasn’t given up its ghost and doesn’t seem like it will any time soon. […]

WWJND? What Would Jesus Not Do? (Part 2)

The Apostle John warned us about the dangers of, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, three issues as church leaders we are all tempted with, but transgressions that Jesus would never do.

These three temptations, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, […]

WWJND? What Would Jesus Not Do? (Part 1)

In 1988, inspired by the central theme in Charles Sheldon’s classic Christian novel “In His Steps”, Dan Seaborn, the youth pastor at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan, designed bracelets for his youth group promoting the question proposed often in the Sheldon novel; What Would Jesus Do? Seaborn abbreviated it to just four letters, […]

Make Father’s Day Special

Let’s face it, Father’s Day is the Rodney Dangerfield of holidays. It’s the, “I get-no-respect” little brother to Mother’s Day. Father’s Day will probably never achieve the popularity or social significance of Mother’s Day but as church we can celebrate the men who are called to be the Spiritual leaders of their homes.

Here are […]

The Five Tasks of the Lead Pastor

First let me say this: The lead pastor is ultimately responsible for EVERYTHING the church is called to do. From worship to weddings, finances to funerals, bulletins to butts in seats, discipleship to digging the weeds, annual planning to plunging toilets, and vision to visiting, the buck stops with the person sitting behind the […]