New book: A more accurate view of The Crusades (Part 1)

The President (of the United States) raised quite a ruckus in sacred and secular circles when he referenced the Christian Crusades in the same breathe as the Islamic terror going on in the world during his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.
March 02, 2015   Ronald Keener

What Aubrey Malphurs looks for when he visits a church

Early in his preaching career, he realized that many churches are blind to the message their facility sends to the community. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
March 01, 2015  

An impossible turnaround situation - Part 2

"As my wife can confirm," says Pastor Don Ross, "this was an incredibly painful season in my life with no quick fixes, but several quick disasters." A new culture was needed if Don's church was to survive. As his dramatic story continues, here are the first steps he took. (From ...
March 01, 2015  

Phil Miglioratti is “bounded” by prayer at PrayNetwork.org

Phil Miglioratti likely would not want me to put his name and that of E.M. Bounds in the same sentence, but, there, I did it. Both are “prayer warriors” as the term is often used: Miglioratti as host of PrayNetwork.org today and Bounds as the author of published works on ...
February 26, 2015   Ronald Keener

Six keys to success after building

I find great joy in hearing the stories of churches that had successful building programs. By “successful” I do not mean just the church adequately funded and completed the project. I’m talking about what happens afterwards. I mean that the church continues to have a momentum in ministry, outward focus, ...
February 26, 2015   Thom Rainer

The Four Deadly Sins of Emerging Church Leaders

Character is doing the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do, no matter the cost. That is the defining mark of a Christ-centered leader. Unfortunately, character is not required to be an effective leader. Character is what makes a leader worth following—and it’s what gives people ...
February 25, 2015   Will Mancini

How to express your love for God

I recently observed an unrestrained public display of affection by a couple who had just fallen in love. They were quite demonstrative, leaning on each other, fawning over each other, and frequently kissing each other. It made some onlookers feel uncomfortable. In the same gathering I noticed a couple who had been ...
February 24, 2015   Bob Russell

An impossible turnaround situation - Part 1

"I was being called to bring this church into a new day, and I didn't have a clue what to do." Pastor Don Ross sets the stage for a turnaround situation that seemed impossible. "I joined the leper colony (disguised as a church) when there were 350 people left of ...
February 23, 2015  

The power of job descriptions and evaluations

One of the benefits of a job description is it allows for more effective performance appraisals. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
February 23, 2015  

“Gabe” reflects on church growth and ‘Darwin Day’

The story, from IRD’s Mark Tooley: Are church vitality and growth a mystery? And is decline inevitable? Recently I was conversing with a United Methodist friend about a church we previously attended. It’s now in difficult financial straits, property has been sold, membership is down, and the minister is leaving ...
February 19, 2015   Ronald Keener

5 assets I really admire in a “rookie” preacher

Last week I visited my former 21 year ministry hood, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church—mentioned in Christianity Today as John Ortberg's church—so, as usual, I expected first class preaching and I wasn’t disappointed, but I was a little surprised.    Twenty-eight year old Abby McHugh was the speaker, and quite impressive! ...
February 19, 2015   Doug Lawrence

What’s in your library? 33 books on transformation and change

Churches can’t say they don’t have resources for effecting change. Below are 33 books that help you do just that. All have something helpful, but I have bulleted ones that have stirred my passion for change. They are listed in no particular order.
February 16, 2015   Ronald Keener

Transitions Require Faith

Transitions in church leadership often go awry. Let's look at a healthy and well-managed transition to find applications for how we handle our lay leadership.
February 16, 2015   Kent Evans

3 Ways to Develop Your Church Leaders Without Having More Events

Leadership has become the hottest topic among growing church leaders these days. There is a healthy and ever-increasing awakening to the reality that programs don’t grow people, people do. The more you are in the business of really making disciples, the more leadership development moves from periphery to central.
February 13, 2015   Will Mancini

A fire hose of encouragement for pastors

"He got us through like he said he would!" Pastor Frank Smith's conclusion to his fiery session at NACC will fill pastors with a renewed sense of energy and joy in the believer's future.
February 13, 2015  

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