3 keys to managing momentum in ministry

One of the most valuable forces in any organization is momentum. When a local church is energized by prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit, and momentum, it becomes a great force that the gates of hell cannot withstand.

The Great Commission: moving from “casual” to “devoted” prayer

Most churches pray. But, not all are praying churches. Churches do pause to pray during their activities. Sometimes, these prayers are offered out of ritual.

The unanswerable answer

There’s a special Christian man who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. His name is Pat Day.

3 thinking errors leaders often commit

God gave us an amazing 3 pound dynamo called the brain. And although it weighs on average 2 percent of our body weight, it requires 20 percent of our body's energy and blood flow.

The hurting church: creating brand new ways to care

I've now been attending church for over four decades. During this time, I have seen a lot of change...changes in music, lighting, outreach, specialized ministries, and beyond. The one ministry I would love to see more change in is Care Ministry. We live in much different times than when I first began attending church.

Video: Evangelism gone wrong

Rusty George, Lead Pastor at Real Life Church (Valencia, Calif.), reveals how his attempt to evangelize at his neighborhood pool went wrong.

Iranians are coming to faith in Christ and requesting Bibles

Every day, more Iranians are coming to faith in Christ, and are asking for Bibles, says Elam Ministries. Years of suffering in Iran have created a deep thirst for truth in the hearts of most Iranians. As a result, there is an overwhelming demand for the Word of God in Iran.

Ignoring Pentecost to our peril

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church reminds us that Pentecost ranks as the second most important festival day in the Church following Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. However, many preachers ignore the day and its related themes.

Well done, one pastor’s substantial legacy

Having written so many articles about my former boss, Walt Gerber, one would think my material would have run dry by now. That is definitely not the case! Walt, the former pastor of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California,...

Why should I serve where I'm not wanted?

Have you ever served in ministry and felt unappreciated, devalued, or outright disrespected, despised, and possibly in danger? Dumb question, huh? It is sad to say, but there are times when people in church can make it clear when someone isn’t wanted. It may be a new pastor with big, fancy ideas, or, wait, I’m sorry, ahem-vision.

The pastor as workplace leader - building on a strong foundation

Foundations are important in the kingdom of God; and they are important in the workplace. Christian leaders have been given position and influence in the workplace for God’s kingdom. Therefore, it can be said that foundations are doubly important for...

Leadership re-examined

What is leadership? If you were teaching on leadership in different cultures on different continents, what and how would you teach? For me, this is not theoretical. Here are two basic questions I ask: • What is a leader or...

Video: Is good news enough?

When it comes to ministry, it’s easy to focus more attention on church programming, size and keeping up with the latest in technology and trends.

5 excuses for church gossip

I define gossip as, saying negative things about a person which the hearer does not need to hear. Everybody knows that gossip is wrong. Almost everybody knows that gossip is harmful to individuals and organizations. Almost all of us indulge...

3 dynamics of multi-ethnic ministry

Recently, I had the opportunity to preach at the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the Bayside Midtown Church, Sacramento, California. This thriving congregation is one of the most ethnically diverse congregations in Northern California.

God help the United States in this political ‘silly season’

Sometime in 2008 I began seeing lawn signs popping up where I lived in Mesa, Arizona, which read: “Jesus for President” with a website that referred people to “anewplatform.com” (no longer operational). No church name, only the website address. But...

Help your pastor succeed by doing what you enjoy

Although few in number, certain privileges generally accompany gray hair. Among them, perhaps the most rewarding, is the occasional request for guidance submitted by a much younger colleague who supposes that wisdom makes room for itself by squeezing the melanin...

10 Commandments for pastors regarding politics and social media

There are few topics that evoke as much emotion as politics. The intensity of emotions is particularly evident during presidential election years.

Restarting the conversation for long-range vision

When it comes to vision statements, many church leaders have lost interest. And for good reason–most vision statements are generic and useless.

Seeking revival for our state and survival for our nation

The first week of April I met with 20 influential spiritual leaders from the state of Kentucky. We gathered for two days to discuss how we could encourage spiritual revival in our state. We prayed, we studied revivals in Scripture...

Christian prisoner asks for prayer for church in Iran

Iranian Christian prisoner Ebrahim Firouzi has asked for prayer for the church in Iran and for strength for himself as he serves his sentence, Middle East Concern reports. He said he wants to stand firm for Christ in the face...