7 ways your group can celebrate this holiday season

The holidays are coming. What is your small group’s plan? Now is the time to start planning!


4 powerful questions to ask between Thanksgiving and New Year's

Are you a little tired of singing “peace on earth, good will to men” while navigating the commercialized whirlwind of Christmas? Are you dreading the holiday bulge that will come with more access to food and drink, while logging extra time on the couch? Here are four “what if” questions to refocus your holiday planning.

Accountability or accounting?

Ministry and non-profit settings have often been places of low accountability. Many believe that good intentions are all the accountability they need.

I'm compelled to yell

How do you respond to tough faith questions?


4 more characteristics of the unhealthy church family

Family systems theory says that families are more alike than different. These same patterns, roles and habits also surface in churches and other organizations.

Surprising numbers which may spark hope and turnaround in 2017

Congregations and their leadership sometimes encounter seasons in their ministries when they feel “stuck.” Recent research has discovered some hopeful numbers and percentages which can help shape your congregation’s next chapter.

Linking learners to the church community

Churches often mistake going, baptizing, and teaching (the hows) for the goal of making active, ongoing learners. So, with this in mind, let’s look at the hows of making active, ongoing learners.

Making direct connections – tips for networking

I am occasionally asked for “networking” advice. I admit to having a penchant for meeting people and connecting folks who need to know one another. So, this one’s from the “how to ask for a favor” file.

Engaging young adults in the church

The trends we are seeing with young adult church participation and the increasing cultural factors affecting these shifts can no longer be ignored by any Christian.

British evangelist’s teaching series broadcast to Persian-speaking world

Reverend Canon J.John, a popular British evangelist, is having an increasing impact on the Persian-speaking world.

Give thanks for your church (even if you aren't feeling thankful)

You can choose to step back from the negative feelings and give thanks even for the challenges you really wish would go away.

Are you a Mary or a Martha leader?

The story contrasts two kinds of living and leading: one a frenzied, driven style shown by Martha and the other a reflective style seen in Mary. Which style do you best reflect?

One big, unhappy family

Family systems theory says that a key to understanding the behavior of individual family members is the family system to which they belong. What does this say about your church?

Striving for perfection—a fool's dream

Because this particular item held great personal significance, this miscue really bothered me.

12 key reasons for staff conflict

Conflict is certainly not unique with church staff. But among the several reasons for staff conflict, there are some that seem to be more pervasive with these relationships than others.

Are you speaking your beliefs?

In today’s world of being politically correct, it can be difficult to be bold with your faith.


3 ways to allow your students to grow up

My research among emerging adults reveals that they often feel they aren’t treated as adults within the church community.

Book review: Wise Guys

Kent Evans’ book, Wise Guys, is a refreshing, unique and multi-layered book.

4 common worship leader mistakes —and how to avoid them

One of the most engaging parts of most church services is the worship time. And undoubtedly, the worship leader plays an integral part of the worship experience. Yet some worship leaders try to do too much.

2 reasons—and the best reason—to join a church fellowship

Whether you call them church fellowships, associations or denominations, organizations through which local churches join forces have always been controversial theologically and hotly debated as to their utility.

A prayer for President-elect Trump

More than a year ago 20-plus national figures declared their candidacy for the presidency of the United States. At that time, Donald Trump would have been my next-to-last choice.

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