4 reasons I love it when worship comes together…or not

Look, worship is complicated! We have leaders with tons of experience, some with none. We have scheduling that would stagger the Pentagon! We have countless decisions to make, creatively, spiritually, musically, and technically.   When we look at what is expected of us, it’s like the most remarkable team sport ...
January 30, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Seven habits of highly effective preachers

I sometimes listen to preachers with amazement, if not awe. So many of them are incredibly effective in communicating God’s Word, so much more effective than I ever was or will be. I certainly understand that assessing effectiveness is a very subjective assignment. However, put simply, a number of preachers ...
January 29, 2015   Thom Rainer

Aubrey Malphurs: The wisdom of knowing when to fire staff

There is a right time to do it for the benefit of both the person and the church. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training)
January 29, 2015  

5 long-term solutions to the leadership crisis in the American church

Pastor and author Gordon Penfold concludes his Turnaround 20/20 talk with an analysis and suggestions for pastoral leadership training. "Seminaries can only do so much [leadership development], but it's not enough."
January 29, 2015  

Stats and a story on the multiethnic church

"The church has a major credibility problem because we preach the love of God for all people from segregated pulpits and pews," says Mark DeYmaz. He tells the story of a minority woman who checked out his own church ... and wasn't pleased with what she saw. (From a session ...
January 29, 2015  

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 4): Accepting the crown and the cross

The Leadership Team, as our board is known, came to the front of the church of The Brethren Fellowship to be received and given a laying on of hands with prayer.
January 28, 2015   Ronald Keener

Encourage annual retreats to strengthen your families

For six years, my wife and I have led our family on an annual retreat. We recharge, plan and pray together. If the families in your ministry could benefit from stronger spiritual ties, encourage them to consider this as one weapon in their arsenal.
January 28, 2015   Kent Evans

Life is Like Whitewater: 5 Strategies for How to Ride

When times get tough, we captain ourselves as best we can or we get a more experienced navigator to guide us. Many people today turn to life coaches to help them accelerate their personal growth and professional development. Coaches are like river guides for life, bringing their perspectives and experience ...
January 27, 2015   Will Mancini

How can we know Christianity is the one true religion?

I get e-mails periodically from people seeking my opinion on various personal or church issues. One recent inquiry—and my response—have broad application to all pastors and other church leaders. The question came from an individual dealing with depression, related to the person’s shaken faith. Raised a Christian, the person attended ...
January 27, 2015   Bob Russell

3 ways to take stupid out of your worship

If you believe that worship is a verb but often becomes a perfunctory noun, then you might want to read further. We should probably make some adjustments before we lose sight of why we gather.    My last contribution to ChurchCentral.com spoke to the often conspicuous excesses of “modern-ish" worship. ...
January 24, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 5): Are you naïve about your leader skills?

“Naïve leadership,” consultant Mike Bonem called it in his blog today (Jan. 22), and I had to smile at the term. For it pretty well describes me as I take on my first board meeting of our congregation next Thursday.
January 22, 2015   Ronald Keener

The story of a messy life turned around by a church

One day a young lady came to Pastor Aaron Brockett after he preached on the woman at the well. For a year he saw her in the halls but barely kept tabs on her - instead, others in the church ministered to her. "When they baptized her and brought her ...
January 19, 2015  

Turnaround case study: Bay Area Chinese Bible Church

DJ Chuang tells another success story of a special Asian American church. (Excerpt from Church Central's Turnaround 20/20.)
January 19, 2015  

What the executive pastor does

"This is a relatively new position," says Aubrey Malphurs in this training session hosted by the Society for Church Consulting "They're second in charge, and they do whatever the senior pastor wants them to do."
January 19, 2015  

5 ways to de-professionalize your worship

The primary complaint that I hear from congregants in many churches is that the worship service is too much of a show, and you may believe that to be true yourself. In an effort to have excellence in our worship experiences we may have overstepped. Here are some ways to ...
January 16, 2015   Doug Lawrence

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