Parnell Lovelace on successful ministry succession

Pastor Parnell Lovelace, Jr. teaches the necessity of succession planning, relaying his story of passing the baton to a younger pastor in his own 3,600-member Center of Praise church in Sacramento, Calif. "The vision is always bigger than the person," says Pastor Lovelace. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
December 18, 2014  

Judgment vs. perception personalities - which are you?

How do you relate to the outer world? Are you controlled or spontaneous, planned or flexible? (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
December 18, 2014  

Eight implications of aging boomer pastors and church staff

On January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers turned 65. On that day, 10,000 boomers reached that milestone. In fact, 10,000 boomers are turning 65 every day, and will continue to do so for a total of 19 consecutive years. The implications are staggering for our nation, our economy, and ...
December 18, 2014   Thom Rainer

Live with margin

Living with more space in life’s margins became more meaningful to me this year. Thanks to scheduling my time more effectively, I became more productive in my writing and editing. This took trial and error. Initially, I scheduled a nine-hour work routine most days, until I discovered that I better ...
December 17, 2014   Ken Walker

Four principles to guide a wealthy Christian

Rose Greenhow, a Confederate spy during the Civil War, tried to evade capture and the loss of her fortune by sewing her gold into the seams of her dress. However, when the ship she boarded sank, the weight of the gold made it impossible for the life-preserver to support her. ...
December 16, 2014   Bob Russell

Ready for the 1950s? Let’s get real

Now and then one reads a passage that leaves you thinking, “That’s good! That’s really intelligent. The writer leaves us with a truth we cannot, should not, ignore. That was smartly said.”
December 16, 2014   Ronald Keener

This discipleship process sparked our church's turnaround

"It's brought real life into our church," says Steve Cartin. "The process transformed our deacons. It's transformed our church leadership. In the past 18 months we've added more folks to the church than we have in the past nine years." (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20.)
December 15, 2014  

Mark DeYmaz: Community transformation begins with reflecting the community

Mark describes how his model goes beyond the rhetoric of "taking this town for Jesus" to actually doing it. "It's a scalable model for any church of any size to not only work toward turnaround in their church, but turnaround in their community."
December 15, 2014  

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 2)

It is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and nearly 40 people have gathered—both outgoing and incoming committee members—present for the organization meeting of the leadership of The Brethren Fellowship in Chambersburg, Pa.
December 12, 2014   Ronald Keener

As a father, I must simply be faithful

In raising boys, I have a strong desire for them to know and follow the Lord. However, they will need to choose that and I cannot control their choice. I must simply be faithful and leave the outcome up to the Lord.
December 11, 2014   Kent Evans

3 absolutes of dressing for upfront leadership

For the last couple of months I’ve had the honor of serving the “upfront” leadership at the Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood, Kansas, led by Pastor Adam Hamilton What a fabulous group of people!. Here is my parting advice for them.
December 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to help people remember what you say

Any leader knows that it is disheartening to prepare a good talk only to realize that nobody can remember what you said the following week. There are speakers who know how to get retention in their audiences, and our goal is to be one of those people!
December 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

The three elements of successful ministry

How has God wired you, where is he sending you, and how is he developing you? Gordon Penfold, co-author with Aubrey Malphurs of Re:VISION - The Key to Transforming Your Church, summarizes how pastors should analyze their situation and skill set. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20.)
December 08, 2014  

Thinker vs. feeler personalities - which are you?

How do you make decisions? Do you use your head or your heart more often? (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
December 08, 2014  

Cry Foul: Loudly calling out for a level playing field

The Thomas More Law Center has taken on the representation of John Kevin Wood, and his wife Melissa, in their battle with La Plata High School in Maryland over the Islamic indoctrination of their 11th grade daughter in her World History class.
December 08, 2014   Ronald Keener

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