Why we should empty our pews

As we sought direction, counsel, and wisdom, it became abundantly clear our path forward was in planting an entirely different type of church.


Stay positive when it's politically negative

While this summer’s Republican and Democratic National Conventions left me a little discouraged too, I’m not despondent.

The Lord's Supper at Downton Abbey?

What would these elements look like if hosted by Lord Grantham at Downton Abbey?

Renewing the minds of transformation agents

Have you ever wondered: Where are the “greater works” that God has made possible for His children? What must we do to walk in them?

The first 2 weeks: praying for those returning to campus

Emerging adults are heading back to college campuses. While this causes many parents to worry, and many religious to fear, it should lead us to pray.

21 unforgettable quotes from this year's leadership summit

Here are a few thought-provoking truths I overheard at this year’s Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, highlighting the best leaders from the world of business, politics, athletics, entertainment, education, philanthropy, and the church.

Why small groups work

The pages of history show ways small groups have been used. Learn how and why small groups promote both discipleship and church growth.

Hot summer months cause suffering for Iranian Christian prisoners

In the hot summer months, Iran’s prisons are even more uncomfortable than normal, so we need to remember those imprisoned for their faith in Jesus Christ in Iran.

10 things every pastor should stop doing

You only have 168 hours in a week to get things done. If you’re going to lead a turnaround church, you’ll need at least twice that many hours, just to get things moving in the right direction! Well, a bit of an overstatement for the sake of illustration, but not by much!

Book review: Giving a good accounting of the church

Wayne J. Vaughan for six years was chief financial officer of The Concord Baptist Church of Christ, responsible for a budget of $1.8 million. He has published a book titled Keeping Your Church Alive: Advice for Pastors, Leaders and Active Members, where he shares about the financial side of properly running a large, 160-year old church.

5 things the Church gets right

“The Church is the most powerful transforming force in history.” This bold assertion from the book What’s Right with the Church by Elmer L. Towns flies in the face of what the media portray. What does this look like today?

6 evenings when boards are at their best

I’ve been through a lot with church boards. I’m sure it’s also true that boards have been through a lot with me. They remind me of the old saying that “you can’t live with 'em and you can’t live without 'em.”

8 "time drainers" of pastors and staff (and 8 solutions)

What if I told you I could help you get 10 or more hours of your week back? That’s like having an extra three weeks a year.

Book review: Purpose Pie—Really Living in the Sweet Spot of Life

If you find yourself not living with passion, inspiration and enthusiasm, then “you are definitely not living with purpose” writes author Steve Douglas. Purpose Pie: Really Living in the Sweet Spot of Life is a practical guide to discovering your purpose.

We have just under 1,000 attending

Even though I didn’t take math in Bible college, I learned real-quick how to round-up my church’s weekend attendance, Rusty George says. Why do we make attendance the benchmark for success? (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2015.)


Caution: staff under pressure

When something is under pressure, there are always consequences. Those consequences are often unexpected and are not easily managed.

7 mistakes churches make with outreach events

Large outreach events in U.S. churches seem to be status quo. Nearly every church I know, regardless of size, has big events throughout the year…Christmas musicals, special Easter services, VBS for the community, and so on. But, how effective are they?

Regaining church health through transitional pastoring

Concluding our three-part series on how churches can use transitional pastoring, we're interviewing Brian A. Thorstad. He discusses his new book Redevelopment: Transitional Pastoring that Transforms Churches.

Writers need to handle Scripture correctly

No matter what version, you need to advise readers which one they will be reading when they flip through the pages of your book.

The best strategy for reaching the unchurched

Yes, I am a revitalization pastor. Yes, I’ve read almost every book and research study on the Great Commission (at least it feels that way). Does that make me an expert—no, but I have been able to reduce everything down to one solid biblical truth.

5 social media cautions for pastors

Pastors and other church leaders need to use social media platforms wisely. Here are five cautions to consider.

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