Leaders that are no longer intimidated

At the North American Christian Convention, Pastor Frank Smith, Jr. riles up the audience with an encouraging message about our position in Christ and our power over the devil.
September 30, 2014  

Fighting fear as a pastor

If you've lost your job, are in a difficult ministry, face a major life decision, or have a financial or health crisis, fear is very real. Pastor Matt Proctor offers encouragement from Jesus' words in Revelation 1. (From NACC)
September 30, 2014  

Encourage healthy debate

Leadership Principle #56:  Focus on the positive while managing the negative. “But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning…” – Titus 3:9-10 Have you ever been in a team meeting where ...
September 26, 2014   Tom Harper

5 Reasons churches benefit by seeking external help

The pattern is conspicuous. Churches that operate in an isolated and insular fashion are not as healthy as churches that regularly seek outside perspectives. Of course, there will always be exceptions. But, as a rule, those churches whose leaders and members are involved solely in their own ministries tend to ...
September 25, 2014   Thom Rainer

How Every Church Should Be Governed

“There is no definitive form of church government in the New Testament,” so wrote G. Campbell Morgan. Scripture has many examples of how local bodies were led, ranging from Paul or Timothy essentially mandating, to the Apostles as the final word, to the congregation empowered to take responsibility, to a ...
September 25, 2014   Phil Wood

'Our turnaround didn't happen overnight'

Greg Atkinson explains the main reason his 167 year-old church turned its decline around and went multi-site. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20.)
September 23, 2014  

How the South Carolina Baptist Convention coaches its 2,100 churches

Don Matthews of the SCBC talks about an innovative program that the convention uses to successfully mentor and grow its churches. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
September 23, 2014  

The imaginary Jesus

Famed singer Elton John recently suggested if Jesus were alive today, He would favor gay marriage. A recent poll reveals 55 percent of Americans believe Jesus would have backed universal healthcare. I occasionally get responses from readers who insist Jesus would have written with more grace and understanding than me (likely true). ...
September 23, 2014   Bob Russell

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  

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