4-point church alignment inspection

Pastors of plateaued or declining churches need to conduct a regular Four-Point Ministry Alignment Inspection to insure that the church will eventually be back on mission with Jesus.


What do you look for when hiring new staff?

How do you uncover the qualities of a future successful staff member? It’s not always something found on their résumé.

When ego leads the church

Diotrophes is a name that gets few mentions in the New Testament, and we rarely hear a sermon about him, but his story - in 3 John - is worth a moment or two of reflection. In the background of...

8 indicators that pastors are expected to do most of the ministry

OK, I admit it. I can’t stand the terms. When you even speak of “clergy” and “laity,” you are implying that Christianity has a social caste system. There are the “professional” Christians and the “ordinary” Christians.

3 simple questions to help address complex issues

A co-worker once told me that very complex issues are best addressed by asking and answering very basic questions. There’s a lot of truth and wisdom in his statement. In fact, you might say the more complex the issue, the simpler the question needs to be.

Seriously ill Iranian Christian denied compassionate release from prison

An Iranian Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (also known as Nasim), who has serious health problems, has been denied unconditional release from jail by an Iranian court at the request of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

Do you manage by wishful thinking?

“I’m looking forward to a season when I’m not dealing with personnel issues.” Those words, spoken by the executive pastor of a large church, still ring in my ears, even though that was years ago. I also remember my response: “This might not be the right role for you.”

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...

3 lessons that make a successful retreat

Here are three ideas to make retreats more effective.

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.

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