3 critical mistakes many worship leaders make

Like pastors, worship leaders take lots of “hits;” they just make a lot less money and are often far less well trained to do their job. Oh, and they are frequently expendable. Can we help these people become better leaders? As a life-long worship guy, I get to talk about ...
September 18, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Dewey Smith's personal story of his challenging pastoral transition

This full session from the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference details Pastor Smith's difficult journey of becoming the new pastor of a 137 year-old church, and the lessons he learned in the process. "I really had to humble myself like never before," he says. "We can create climates that make ...
September 16, 2014  

The C in DISC - a compliant person

As a C, you are analytical, conscientious, serious about life, factual and thorough. You're motivated by accuracy and quality. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
September 16, 2014  

Don't thank your volunteers, commend them

We all want to recognize and applaud the great work done by volunteers. But, how we do it can significantly impact their level of commitment.
September 15, 2014   Kent Evans

7 Ways pastors (and others) can develop thicker skin

Among the top five most frequent issues I hear about from pastors is criticism. The number of “bosses” a pastor has equals the number of church members. Some are very opinionated, and some of those are harsh critics of the pastor. Not surprisingly, the most common questions I get are: ...
September 11, 2014   Thom Rainer

3 actions pastors must take to grow small groups

"The small group phenomenon has failed to produce the breakthrough that many intended and hoped for." For pastors who want to break from this trend, Ed Stetzer explains how to train leaders, launch new groups and "feed the people." (From ChurchCentral.com's Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
September 11, 2014  

A church can't change direction too quickly

"Our church in Texas grew phenomenally," says Steve Cartin, "and literally the church broke apart." (From Turnaround 20/20.)
September 11, 2014  

Report: Leadership Network/Vanderbloemen Group‘s new salary survey

For church pastors wanting to maximize their incomes, it may be of no surprise that they should attach themselves to a large church. A new survey reports that, “Our big finding is that for large churches, church size overwhelmingly influences salary.”
September 09, 2014   Ronald Keener

Teach with your testimony

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to ghostwrite hundreds of testimonies of businessmen, entertainers, professional athletes, and others. Unfortunately, both ministries I wrote these accounts for wound up reducing their publications budgets. The most recent cutback stemmed from the economic downturn whose effects are still with us six ...
September 09, 2014   Ken Walker

Is the Church trying too hard to identify with the world?

The late John Wooden had a unique philosophy about coaching basketball. He seldom scouted an opponent, believing it best to concentrate on improving his team’s performance. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Wooden’s UCLA teams almost always had superior talent. In contrast, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino puts a ...
September 09, 2014   Bob Russell

Joni Eareckson Tada: It's a daily fight to stay satisfied in Jesus

"Don't think I am looking forward to heaven to get a new body," says Joni. "No. I am looking forward to heaven to get a new heart - a heart that is free of sin." (Uplifting video courtesy of NACC.)
September 08, 2014  

The S personality of DISC - Steady

If you're an S, you're consistent, stable, loyal and agreeable. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
September 08, 2014  

5 Lessons from a Border Collie

What I learned on my summer vacation.
September 03, 2014   David Bowman

Leaders should be farmers

Like a farmer, the successful leader understands the seasons of his or her organization and capitalizes on its rhythm.
September 02, 2014   Tom Harper

The peril of ministry stagnation

"Many churches die to what's possible in an effort to protect what is predictable," said Pastor Aaron Brockett at NACC. "Jesus desires that his Church would be on the move. Stagnation is something that I think gets under his skin."
September 01, 2014  

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