Putting 'pastor' back into 'missions pastor'

You’ve heard the moving reports of God at work around the world. You’ve hailed the ‘spiritual heroes’ that have been sent out by your church when they return from furlough. You may have even seen old-school slideshows of remote and exotic locales. Truly, God’s Kingdom is moving around the world. ...
February 06, 2016   Allen Hamlin

7 lessons from Peyton Manning for church leaders

Sunday night I, like many of you, watched Peyton Manning (quarterback of the Denver Broncos) make history. Not only did Peyton win the AFC Championship, he becomes the first QB in the NFL to go to multiple Super Bowls with multiple teams. Not only that, he has been to four ...
February 05, 2016   Greg Atkinson

5 reasons why all Christians should observe Lent

The Church Lenten season begins next Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (before Easter). Lent was designed as a time of reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting, and meditation on Scripture. It became a time when new believers prepared for ...
February 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

Senior pastors are workplace leaders too

As a consultant and minister to workplace leaders, I have noticed an unfortunate disconnect; a self-imposed separation between church leadership and leaders in other areas of society.  Business, government and education leaders see senior pastors as, well, pastors. Most of the senior pastors I know struggle with the same identity limitations. ...
February 03, 2016   Rob Streetman

4 strategies to help leaders develop critical thinking skills

Are you a critical thinker? Think about it. Leaders need to cultivate and practice critical thinking skills. I was in a meeting and heard the chairman say, “I wish we had thought about that before committing to this project.” Ouch! Something unforeseen had happened and it was a surprise to ...
February 02, 2016   Paul Greasley

4 brain hacks than can make you a better leader

I love leadership and I love learning about the brain. I just finished an executive masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership. And a few months ago my fourth book was published, Brain-Savvy Leaders: the Science of Significant Ministry. As I've immersed myself in learning how our brain affects life and ...
February 01, 2016   Charles Stone

4 strategies to free your congregants from the worry trap

Have you noticed that Christians use their own lingo? You know what I’m talking about. We have these phrases that we like to toss around; terms that describe our spiritual lives but that may be foreign to everyone else: “quiet time,” “traveling mercies,” and of course, “peace that passes understanding.” ...
January 29, 2016   Dr. Pamela Ovwigho

Even saving one church is worth the effort

Don Matthews seeks to revitalize churches one conversation at a time through his role as a consultant and coach with the Society for Church Consulting.
January 28, 2016   Krishana Kraft

Book review: Preaching That Empowers God's People

Preaching That Empowers God's People; Expository Preaching in the 21st Century, by Dr. Jeremy W. Odom was published in 2014 under the PowerHouse Publication label. First, I would like to commend Dr. Odom for this undertaking. Attempting to convince modern preachers of the need for a return to expository preaching ...
January 27, 2016   Jeff Klick

Praying for political leaders

When Matt Bevin was installed as governor of Kentucky recently, I made some remarks at this ceremony. These comments apply to political leaders everywhere—and the church’s responsibility to pray for them. Following is an edited version of my address, which contains principles that will be useful to teach to your ...
January 26, 2016   Bob Russell

Four critical details for multisite preaching

The MultiSite Guy, Jim Tomberlin, recently said “The multisite movement began as a radical idea, became the cool idea and now is the mainstream idea.” Indeed, multisite is quickly becoming the new norm for growing churches. And video venues are becoming a well-defined, but often misunderstood strategy in today’s church. ...
February 06, 2016   Mark Lenz

Why bring in a secret shopper or mystery worshiper?

A lot of people have heard or read that I'm regularly doing secret shopper or mystery worshiper visits to churches around the country. The question has been raised (and it's a valid one): Do you need a secret shopper? As someone who takes the mission to reach the lost and ...
February 05, 2016   Greg Atkinson

Book review: The secret of pastoral care: it’s not just for the pastor

Marvin McMickle has written a remarkable book for pastors in Caring Pastors, Caring People: Equipping your Church for Pastoral Care (Judson). McMickle defines pastoral care much more broadly than we usually do. He doesn’t view it as one responsibility among many, but as an overarching model for ministry.  He uses ...
February 03, 2016   Margaret Marcuson

4 potent prayers to invigorate evangelism

These four, simple prayers will help solve a pastor’s most enduring and most important problem: motivating church folks to evangelism. They are more compelling than harangue, more persuasive than sermons, more energizing than admonition, and more biblical than any motivational gimmick you can imagine. If you teach your church these ...
February 03, 2016   Bud Brown

Preaching patriotic holidays

Many pastors refrain from preaching about “national” topics on these holidays. But isn’t it part of our calling to provide biblical perspective to our current culture? When pastors ignore patriotic observances on the calendar, their congregations may find them to be “out-of-touch” or to have a “tin ear.” To be ...
February 02, 2016   Jim Farrer

You are invited!

You are invited! David’s life is chronicled for us so that we also know of his weaknesses and failures, not just of his more honorable exploits or God-glorifying endeavors. If you read the Psalms written by David, he admits to a number of ineptitudes. He readily confesses to sin, to worry, depression, ...
January 30, 2016   Phillip Foster

4 traps of ingrown churches

Slowly over time most churches grow primarily inward in their focus, rather than focusing outward to meet the needs of those outside the church.The result of this inward focus is that churches stop reaching non-churchgoers because they are less frequently meeting the needs of those outside of their fellowship.  Most ...
January 28, 2016   Bob Whitesel

7 traits of churches with increasing per-member giving

One of the key metrics of financial giving in a church is per-member donations. The important question for congregations to consider is—what is the average giving by each member (or attendee)? Since overall weekly giving is often masked by fluctuations in attendance and membership, the most effective measure is to ...
January 28, 2016   Thom Rainer

Learn to juggle chickens if you want to lead a church turnaround

It was a sunny Saturday morning on the course. The elderly gentleman had begun his pre-shot routine on #1, visualizing his upcoming shot, when a voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker. "Would the gentleman on the Ladies Tee back up to the Men’s Tee, please!!" He was still deep in ...
January 26, 2016   Bud Brown

7 reasons why church people criticize pastors

If you serve in a church, criticism comes with the territory. I doubt that any pastor or leader likes it. But, we must deal with it in a God-honoring way. One way to do that is to understand why people criticize us. I've listed below what I believe are 7 ...
January 25, 2016   Charles Stone
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The funeral I never wanted to perform

Ajai Lall, Founder and Director of Central India Christian Mission, shares a powerful story of an unexpected response in the midst of suffering. Learn from one man’s experience and how his perspective challenges us to approach suffering differently.

3 hurdles of change leadership

Jim Barber discusses how clearing these hurdles will move your leadership structure in the right direction. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)

How one sermon unlocked a preacher's ministry

Hear how a sermon on marriage given during two different seasons of a pastor’s life, unlocked a key component in his preaching career.

5 unhealthy leadership structures

Is there a hint of these five unhealthy leadership forms in your church? Jim Barber shows you what to look for. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)

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