5 signs you're a leader who talks too much

Nobody likes to talk to others who monopolize conversations and drone on about themselves. Healthy conversations should be two-way streets but science tells us that we tend to spend 60 percent of our conversations talking about ourselves. And unfortunately, leaders...


History can excite—unless you make it boring

I was aware of Eric Metaxas’ popular 2010 biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and had mentioned it a couple times in stories I wrote for a Christian trade publication. Yet it wasn’t until my wife recently brought home a copy that I took the time to read it. The book made waves in the Christian publishing world because it violated industry wisdom.

Praying the hard prayer for the sake of God's mission

Would you intercede with the Lord on behalf of ISIS if your pastor asked you to? How would your congregation react if you told them to petition God to suspend retribution against the militant LGBTQ group that targeted a business...

Imprisoned Iranian Christian in urgent need of medical care

An Iranian Christian, Maryam (known as Nasim or Naseem) Naghash Zargaran, is critically ill in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, and is being denied the medical care she desperately needs. A news release from Middle East Concern cites family and...

Book review: This Means War—A Strategic Prayer Journal

As easy as it would seem to most of us, prayer seems to make grown men stammer and clam up as they address their woes and requests to their Higher Power. Along comes a book that while it seems to...

America's number one false god

At a recent gathering of our area’s spiritual leaders, we studied the dramatic revival recorded in 2 Chronicles 29-30. One of King Hezekiah’s first steps to initiate revival in Judah was casting down false idols and eliminating anything unclean from...

What makes you think God will bless what you are doing?

Wait until the Holy Spirit comes upon you. “Even the disciples were told to wait until the Holy Spirit came upon them.” These words were spoken as I shared breakfast not long ago with my faculty mentor from my undergraduate...

Video: What are you hiding?

Our culture has made leadership a difficult place to show weakness. Rusty George explores some weak-moment scenarios of those in ministry.

6 more strategies for pastor burnout

According to a Lifeway study, pastors report experiencing a great amount of stress. The average pastor logs 50 hours a week, and 42 percent work 60 or more hours.

Fear—our faithful friend and feeble foe

Fear is something we do not like to talk or think about—particularly in the workplace (including the workplace we call ministry). We have been taught that to do so is a sign of weakness. This is a narrow and deceptive...

4 things that make a great executive pastor

The most significant relationship in the church is between the Senior Pastor and the Executive Pastor. It’s almost a given that these two influential leaders need to be unified regarding vision, complement each other’s strengths, and compensate for each other’s weaknesses.

High bail set for 3 imprisoned Iranian Christians

Three Iranian Christians, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), who were arrested on May 13, 2016 in Rasht, Iran, remain in custody after exorbitant bail amounts were set for them. Christian Solidarity Worldwide says the three Christians from...

7 practices to help you make better decisions

How do you start to create a dynamic of collaborative decision-making? Try these seven practices for making better team decisions.

The problem with exciting church growth

“Problem? What? Are you kidding?” Most of us find the growth of our churches to be exhilarating, exciting, heady. Especially if this growth follows an extended period of little or no growth. New people walking in every Sunday! Favorable comparisons...

5 ways leaders see things differently

Leaders see things with a clarity that brings life into focus. Leaders see things that other people don’t see.

Planning: a revitalization faith-walk

Church leaders sometimes have an aversion to planning. My personal consulting observations and the anecdotal reports of many others reveal that this aversion is often bolstered by an assertion that there is little or no biblical support for it.

The time has come to drop your mission statement

We spent hours crafting it as a staff. We spoke on it every year at our gatherings. I taught it ever single year at our leadership training. (No wonder people didn’t like coming.) We recited it regularly to our members....

Video: I want to fix this!

When you’re faced with a problem, do you try to manipulate the situation to fix it? Sean Palmer reveals the motives of the First Officer in 2 Kings 7 and the questions he asks about Elisha’s plan of action.

What does aggressive ministry look like?

I am not an aggressive person by nature. I’m a conflict-avoiding, noncompetitive type who struggles to relate to the warrior imagery that frequently appears in Scripture. There are two verses in particular, words from our Lord, that challenge me to...

5 reasons church announcements cause problems

If your church has never experienced problems with church announcements, there is no need for you to read the rest of this post. However, if your church is like the 95 percent of congregations that do struggle with announcements, please...

Outreach: from “come” to “go”

I recently Googled the word “outreach.” I was surprised at the results: the overwhelming majority of articles, websites, and so on was mostly about church communication and/or church marketing materials. I also recently looked at several online publications that are...


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