5 ways leaders see things differently

Leaders see things with a clarity that brings life into focus. Leaders see things that other people don’t see.

7 practices to help you make better decisions

How do you start to create a dynamic of collaborative decision-making? Try these seven practices for making better team decisions.

The problem with exciting church growth

“Problem? What? Are you kidding?” Most of us find the growth of our churches to be exhilarating, exciting, heady. Especially if this growth follows an extended period of little or no growth. New people walking in every Sunday! Favorable comparisons...

Planning: a revitalization faith-walk

Church leaders sometimes have an aversion to planning. My personal consulting observations and the anecdotal reports of many others reveal that this aversion is often bolstered by an assertion that there is little or no biblical support for it.

The time has come to drop your mission statement

We spent hours crafting it as a staff. We spoke on it every year at our gatherings. I taught it ever single year at our leadership training. (No wonder people didn’t like coming.) We recited it regularly to our members....

Video: I want to fix this!

When you’re faced with a problem, do you try to manipulate the situation to fix it? Sean Palmer reveals the motives of the First Officer in 2 Kings 7 and the questions he asks about Elisha’s plan of action.

What does aggressive ministry look like?

I am not an aggressive person by nature. I’m a conflict-avoiding, noncompetitive type who struggles to relate to the warrior imagery that frequently appears in Scripture. There are two verses in particular, words from our Lord, that challenge me to...

5 reasons church announcements cause problems

If your church has never experienced problems with church announcements, there is no need for you to read the rest of this post. However, if your church is like the 95 percent of congregations that do struggle with announcements, please...

Outreach: from “come” to “go”

I recently Googled the word “outreach.” I was surprised at the results: the overwhelming majority of articles, websites, and so on was mostly about church communication and/or church marketing materials. I also recently looked at several online publications that are...

John Wesley: Bringing lost souls across the divide

On the same Monday that brought Jake Hanson’s new book, Crossing the Divide, a telling of the life of John Wesley, “the fearless evangelist,” also brought the opening day of the United Methodist Church General Conference in Portland, Oregon, held...

Can ordinary pastors become turnaround pastors?

The short answer is a happy “Yes!” I should define my terms. “Ordinary” or “traditional” pastors preach sermons, teach classes, pray, give pastoral care and do administrative tasks. Those are all important. The turnaround pastor does all of those things...

6 scriptures that summarize the current moral crisis in America

Before he dropped out of the presidential race, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz posed an appropriate question about the “bathroom bills” that have sparked a national frenzy: “Have we gone stark raving nuts?” That rhetorical question came in response to a...

3 church killers: calling, mission-divorce, and truancy

“Only a disciple can make a disciple.” ~ A. W.

Video: I exist to . . .

When you think about ministry, what is your reason for preaching, teaching and discipling? Dr. Daniel Overdorf explores mission statements and how they aid in perseverance.

3 Christians arrested in Iran for their faith

Iran’s fast-growing Christian church continues to face persecution and harassment from the Iranian authorities, with three believers being detained recently. Yousef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor acquitted of apostasy in 2012, was arrested in Iran on May 13, 2016...

Good leaders practice making good decisions

Decisions. How we make them is a hallmark between pastors who are naturally hardwired by God to lead declining churches to renewal (roughly 15 percent of those in ministry) and their ministry colleagues who aren’t similarly wired. Contrary to what...

Book Review: Holy Rebellion

“Can rebellion be holy? Certainly, as long as we rebel against things that God abhors. It’s time to rebel against the desire to make ourselves great in pastoral ministry.”

Video: What makes you desperate?

People will do anything when they become desperate. Sean Palmer, Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, Texas, uncovers the motives in 2 Kings 7.

Delegating versus releasing authority: what's the difference?

Several years ago, I learned an important lesson about the difference between delegating tasks and releasing authority. I was in a ministry situation where I was selected to be on a small team to plan a special training event for our staff.

5 more excuses for our gossip

Everybody knows that gossip is both wrong and harmful. It ruins reputations. It separates the best of friends (as in Proverbs 16:28 and 17:9).  It allows us to “wimp out” of the important face-to-face conversations which we need to have. It sullies our consciences.

Many new Iranian church plants thanks to the Internet

Every day, Iranian pastors and evangelists are sharing the gospel with people inside Iran via the Internet, says Elam Ministries. On Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, and many other platforms, pastors are talking about Jesus. By God’s grace, people are coming to Christ, says Elam, whose mission is to help grow the church in the Iran region.