3 lessons that make a successful retreat

Here are three ideas to make retreats more effective.


Let's make every effort to improve race relations

I know many people will scoff at anyone who suggests that they are not a racist. While I would like to think that not everyone is, I am willing to concede that people are inherently sinful and often prejudiced toward...

6 characteristics of the pastor who deserves to be followed

I received some pushback recently regarding a couple of blogs I wrote about allowing pastors to lead their churches. I argued that most churches which are actually making devoted followers of Christ out of the raw material of lost people...

4-point church alignment inspection

You don’t have to go far on a bum knee before other things fall out of alignment. Whether you’re running, walking or cycling, when you compensate for a misaligned or malfunctioning joint, trouble pops up elsewhere. My right knee has turned into a bum knee.

6 steps to an intentionally unbalanced life

The old maxim that we should strive to live a truly balanced life may not be such good advice after all. Perhaps the struggle to achieve harmony among all of our conflicting priorities and a consistent rhythm to life really doesn’t work all that well.

Hope for your church from George Hunter

“More is known about how the faith spreads and how churches grow than we have ever known before.” This hopeful assertion comes from George G. Hunter III, an Emeritus Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of more than a dozen books on leadership, effective evangelism and church growth.

Don’t forget, you were morons

Uncover Paul's bold perspective on God's economy and what really matters to Him.

Book review: A pastor's introduction to church administration

Church administration is an area of the church that is extremely important, yet often overlooked. It’s like the engine in your car.

4 questions to ask when you face conflict

When conflict arises in our churches, unless we wisely resolve them, we can lose momentum, people, and resources.

Book review: Biography of a modern-day St. Paul to the Arab world

Tom Hamblin is a modern-day St. Paul who brought tens of thousands of Bibles to Muslims in the Arabian Peninsula. According to the book, Tom and his wife Edna surmounted “impossible” restrictions and openly conveyed shipment after shipment of Bibles.

10 ways God provides resources

For every successful fundraising campaign, there are multiple failures. Every perfectly organized meeting does not produce fantastic results. Teaching, leading and selling sometimes fail miserably. Does that mean we are failures?

Control is not all that it is cracked up to be

Letting go of control is a challenging process.

How to vote in November—or not

For this election year—“the silly season” someone dubbed it a few years back, which we might want to revise this year as “the ludicrous season”—many, myself included, won’t be voting at all, for either presidential candidate. Even with the U.S....

6 marks of a genuinely loving pastor/leader

Many believe that pastors who do the things they need to do to be seen as loving shepherds really are the most loving shepherds. True?

Book review: Serve Strong

Serve Strong is directed at the pastor but is a must read for anyone who serves in any sort of ministry leadership capacity.

Iranian Christian prisoner physically abused by prison guards

Ebrahim Firouzi, an Iranian Christian prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison in Iran, suffered physical abuse at the hands of prison guards when he was forced to attend an appeal hearing.

Setting deadlines can provide self-motivation

It doesn’t matter what you're working on, without a deadline you are likely to never finish.

4 reasons your vision may lack traction

For over 20 years, I have advocated the need for churches and ministries to get clear about where God is leading them. I still think that a clear, shared, compelling vision is important and powerful, and yet ... I have seen many churches with wonderful vision statements and no forward momentum.

Will “we” stand with our brothers and sisters?

As we look at church history, a common thread is persecution.

The 5 kinds of churches that must change or die

"Change or die." Imagine hearing those words from your physician. I hope you would be motivated to change.

A time for righteous anger

Many Christian leaders encourage believers not to get angry our nation’s moral freefall. Their general counsel is: “Stay calm.

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