Good Beginnings

There’s an old church planting saying that’s stuck with me for decades:

The End is in the Beginning

In other words, if you want the end result to be spectacular, then the beginning has to be designed to support that visionary end.

Unfortunately, many churches and many church leaders are operating under the illusion that if […]

Recruiting Volunteers to Help You

There are three ways to get volunteers to “help” you when you’re overwhelmed as a church leader.

Advertise for them in the bulletin and newsletter. You won’t get many (probably any) that way, but you’ll be able to justify your self-righteous anger at the congregation – especially aimed at those who you “know” could […]

We’re On the Same Team

Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.Romans 14:4

I got another one of those church planting postcards in the mail the other day. I’m quite sure the pastor and/or the marketing team had […]

Three Common Contagious Church Viruses: Part 2

“The Church Doctor will see you now.”

“Tell me,” the doctor said, “What seems to be ailing you?”

The church shared her symptoms. Lethargy. Uncontrollable membership loss. And an unmistakeable rumbly in her tumbly.

“It’s most likely one of three common contagious church viruses.”

Capitulation Infection

Capitulation Infection is one of the most contagious and rapidly spreading […]

Three Common Contagious Church Viruses: Part 1

“The Church Doctor will see you now.” The church had a bit of grimace on her face, but she shuffled in and hopped up onto the paper-covered examination table.

“Tell me,” the doctor said. “What seems to be ailing you?”

The church shared her symptoms. Lethargy. Uncontrollable membership loss. And an unmistakeable rumbly in her […]

Reconnecting Missing Members

We hear it at probably 90 percent of the consultations we lead. Some good hearted person asks us if we’re going to make some recommendations on how the church can reconnect and reactivate formerly active church members who have left the church.

No one likes our answer. No one.

“Yes, we’ll be making a […]

Role of the Senior Pastor: Staff Care

It’s August.

The last real vestiges of summer are upon us.

Do you know … has your staff taken some serious Rest & Reflection time off?

Part of your role as the senior pastor is to ensure your staff are taken care of … well taken care of. You are responsible for your staff, much more […]

Tell ‘Em What To Do

What’s the most important thing about your sermon?

Is it the scripture you start with?
The introduction that gets the congregation on board?
The stories they’ll remember for the rest of their lives?
The exposition of the deeper truths of the biblical passage?
The application of those truths to real life?
The invitation?

Let’s agree that they’re all important. A well […]

Know the Competition

In my community, there are a couple of new church starts kicking off. One’s in my denomination and another is in a denomination not too dissimilar to mine.

I’ve met both pastors. They’re younger than I am. They have more energy than I have (barely!). And they both have denominational funding behind them.

But […]