The unique calling of the pastor's wife

If pastor’s wives were Catholic, according to Eugene Peterson, they would be nuns. They have one of the most special and unique callings of anyone connected to ministry.
November 25, 2014   Phil Wood

What your church can learn from the fast-food franchise business

Last evening I “dined out” at the new Pizza Hut in Chambersburg, on a Personal Pan Meat Lovers, my favorite. It was really the new, old Pizza Hut, for the new part was everything above the foundation.
November 24, 2014   Ronald Keener

10 drills for better upfront leadership

Most frequent question? How do I get better at being “on stage” in my leadership? Answer? Practice, practice, practice! Here are some drills to help—if not cure—this common angst!
November 21, 2014   Doug Lawrence

A pastor's adventure of suffering in Haiti

Jon Weece relates how an invitation to preach at a small mountain church in Haiti reconnected him to Jesus and God's perspective on suffering. (Courtesy of NACC.)
November 21, 2014  

The biggest obstacle to church growth

Dann Spader and Don Matthews discuss common multiplication issues inherent in church clusters and networks. "The biggest problem is in leadership," says Don. "It wasn't that the pastor didn't love the church, didn't have a heart for God, or didn't have the abilities to pastor the church, but one thing ...
November 21, 2014  

Taking risks to advance the gospel

Speaking out today about one’s faith in a politically-correct age can be dangerous. Yet church leaders who are hesitant can draw inspiration from biblical leaders like the Apostle Paul. He knew that danger awaited him in Jerusalem. At Miletus he said good-bye to the Ephesian elders and told them that ...
November 20, 2014   Bob Russell

7 Occasions when you should not hire more church staff

Earlier this year I received a Twitter request to provide guidelines for hiring additional church staff. Not too long ago, you could add staff according to a clear formula. Typically, that meant one full-time minister for every 100 to 200 in worship attendance. Unfortunately, it is no longer best to ...
November 20, 2014   Thom Rainer

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible
November 19, 2014   Ronald Keener

Aubrey Malphurs explains sensing vs. intuition personalities in Myers-Briggs

Sensing personalities deal with what's in front of them; intuitives deal with what could be there. Facts vs. possibilities. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
November 17, 2014  

A pastor puts lessons from 'church turnaround bootcamp' to work

Rev. Esther Cottrell of Ohio Ministries Church of God describes how one pastor in her judicatory went through a week-long training, took the leadership concepts back to his struggling church, and saw quick increases in baptisms and attendance. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
November 17, 2014  

What is the church member's role regarding pulpit content?

As church members in our Western consumer-driven culture, we can become convinced that we should influence the messaging coming from our pulpits. I don't believe that is my role.
November 17, 2014   Kent Evans

The necessity of a book outline

As a veteran of more than 3,500 magazine, newspaper and web site articles, I am amused whenever I see some “authority” emphasizing how endeavoring to write a story means first completing an outline. Aside from rarely having the luxury of time to do that, I prefer to start with what ...
November 17, 2014   Ken Walker

Mediate conflict by playing ping pong

Leadership Principle #57:  When resolving conflict among team members, ping-pong between authority and relationship. “Since I am confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.”  – Phm 1:21 Philemon was a new Christian convert and dear friend of Paul. ...
November 13, 2014   Tom Harper

How “folks like you” can learn to care for those hurting in the community

When I was first given Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives by Robert W. Kellermen (2014, Zonderman) to review, I thought it was just another tedious, scholarly tome (nearly 300 pages) for professionals about psychology and therapy.
November 10, 2014   Ronald Keener

4 cardinal rules of good upfront communication

Talking in front of people is still the number one fear for people according to Psychology Today and it routinely shows up in surveys as being even more frightening than death! What's up with that?
November 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

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