Five things to do in your 2015 personal planning

I wish I had planned more when I was a young man. I treated each year pretty much like the one before, living life in one long stream of consciousness. Before I knew it, several years passed, and some of my dreams still seemed distant. I can see now that ...
October 22, 2014   Tom Harper

Joan Rivers and the hope of life after death

Comedienne Joan Rivers died recently at the age of 81. Her passing came just three weeks after the world also mourned the loss of comedian Robin Williams and actress Lauren Bacall. Rivers was a very funny lady.  Despite her frequently edgy and irreverent humor, she was a relentless worker and ...
October 21, 2014   Bob Russell

Multi-Congregation v. Multi-Site Churches

One current trend that has the potential to be a blip on the screen of church history is the multi-campus church. If not a blip, possibly a blemish. In business, the ma-pa whatever store disappeared with the growth of the big box Wal-Mart model. In the same way, many neighborhood ...
October 21, 2014   Phil Wood

My story: Becoming a campus pastor, acting like a consultant

When Greg Atkinson started as pastor of a campus launched by a 167 year-old church, he drew on his consulting background and went into observation/assessment mode. Here's what he found, and what he did. (From Turnaround 20/20.)
October 17, 2014  

What God does before he uses us to inspire others

Pastor Frank Smith, Jr. explains the process of preparation before we witness to the world.
October 17, 2014  

Re:Vision Book Review

A turnaround pastor's life development plan
October 14, 2014   David Bowman

Feeling worn or discouraged? Read Revelation

Matt Proctor explains the real audience and the real purpose of the book of Revelation (and it's not to reveal dates on a calendar). (Courtesy of NACC.)
October 13, 2014  

The DISC personalities that work best together

Whether you're counseling a couple or assessing a team, understanding how the four DISC personalities interact will prevent headaches. D = dominant, I = influencer, S = steady, C = compliant (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
October 13, 2014  

Great new book on pastoral succession and transition

The first article I ever wrote for Church Executive magazine was on pastoral succession.
October 13, 2014   Ronald Keener

4 ways to break out of “default” worship

Everyone who reads this title knows exactly what this discussion is about. We get stuck. We start to do everything the same way every time we do it. We move toward avoidance of the obvious because it’s what we do. We’re human.
October 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

What's in a title?

At one time, I would have answered the above question: “Not much. Half the time the publisher will change it anyway.” I changed my outlook after my agent encountered a string of lukewarm reactions to a book proposal, which he attributed to a poor title. I dreamed up several alternatives, ...
October 09, 2014   Ken Walker

7 Habits of joyful pastors

I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take long to assemble the names by the specific traits I sought. Simply said, I wanted to find out whose names I would include in looking for pastors who are joyful. The list ...
October 09, 2014   Thom Rainer

Should you attend a friend's same-sex marriage ceremony?

Occasionally I receive e-mails from church members asking for my opinion on various personal or church problems. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for same-sex marriage in 30 states, an inquiry I received recently is relevant to all Christians—particularly pastors. Since many church leaders will inevitably ...
October 07, 2014   Bob Russell

What will the spirit be like at my funeral?

My very first funeral home visit as a new Deacon was both encouraging and challenging. I came face to face with a godly survivor sharing a Christ-centric legacy. It made me wonder about mine.
October 06, 2014   Kent Evans

How the new pastor fared at a church founded in 1812

Pastor Steve Cartin tells of arriving at a 212 year-old church. What he found in his "new" ministry was funny, frustrating and frightening. The perfect opportunity soon turned into the perfect storm. (From a panel at Turnaround 20/20.)
October 05, 2014  

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