When is it right to disobey the law?

I admire the courage of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who stubbornly refused to grant same-sex marriage licenses. She stated to do so would be to disobey God’s authority. For her, it was a choice between heaven and hell. In the days after this firestorm erupted, state gubernatorial ...
October 06, 2015   Bob Russell

Ten things you should know if you are starting out as a leader

Perhaps you've heard it said that churches are looking for leaders who combine the energy and drive of a twenty year old with the wisdom and experience of a sixty year old: if only! The reality is that one day you will probably reach a stage in your ministry where you will ...
October 05, 2015   Alan Wilson

The Top 5 Things Growing Churches Do

I realize that there are myriads of models, programs, and books for church growth. As a former church planter, current planting catalyst and pastor of a revitalized church, here are the top 5 observations that growing disciple-making churches have in common. Listening to the Holy Spirit The early church intensely ...
October 04, 2015   Matthew Fretwell

A “zoological” approach to church vitality

In past generations many principles of church growth have been uncovered. Much of the research came through long and detailed studies on foreign mission fields. Keen observers on our continent have also recovered more principles in the past 50 years. If you are overwhelmed by the growing number of books ...
September 29, 2015   Jim Farrer

How going to church benefits brain and body

As a committed follower of Jesus, I've gone to church literally my whole life. My parents took me when I was a kid. I wanted to go as an adult. And in another sense, I'd better go now. After all, I am a pastor. Most believers understand that church attendance does ...
September 27, 2015   charles stone

I apologize!

Apologies are good for you.   I want to talk about one particular leadership error that I have been feeling bad about for many years.   In 1986, after a trip to Willow Creek, I felt the need to be a prophet to my fellow church musicians and tell them ...
September 25, 2015   Doug Lawrence

What harm does the Pope do? “Protestants lose meaning of Reformation,” author says [Part 1]

The visit of Pope Francis to this country has coined a new word, “Popeapocalypse,” says Huffington Post. It is a word, says Steve Wohlberg, to describe the current Popemania America is experiencing. But the author, publisher and broadcaster isn’t engaged in the excitement shared by many Americans, Catholics and non-Catholics. I ...
September 24, 2015   Ronald Keener

7 things to consider if your spouse is not supportive of your ministry

In recent months, I had two conversations where persons serving on a church staff were struggling with their spouses’ lack of support. One was a pastor whose wife felt worn out from the constant stream of criticisms directed at her husband and her family. She was pushing her husband to ...
September 24, 2015   Thom Rainer

3 ways to avoid moral failure in leadership

Moral failure. Leaders are expected to be above moral failure. But, if you’re in any type of leadership position, you realize that human nature (sin) exists in the most resilient of leaders. It happens—but does it need to? Whether you’re a store manager or a CEO, leadership expectations overflow from ...
September 23, 2015   Matthew Fretwell

10 ways church mission statements backfire

Ten quirky realities about church mission statements that illuminate how they backfire. Which one is most applicable to your current situation?
September 23, 2015   Will Mancini

The root of conflict

The two men stood toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball, with their fists clenched. Their voices were raised and faces red. Any second one of them was going to punch the other one. I had to act quickly or this was going to end ugly. As I stood between the ...
September 23, 2015   Jeff Klick

Growth introduces opportunities and barriers: fifth of five parts

Change leaders define and implement healthy change. In some cases, this may be incremental in a few key areas. In others, it involves the kind of radical and comprehensive changes that are necessary to revitalize and turn around a “stuck” church. In both cases, the outcome can be not only ...
September 22, 2015   Jim Barber

Six take-aways from the growing popularity of Donald Trump

The increasing popularity of Donald Trump has been a surprising development in the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign. In recent weeks, Trump has been the continuing focus of television news programs and radio talk shows. Crowds numbering in the tens of thousands flock to rallies to hear him ...
September 22, 2015   Bob Russell

“Iran’s War on Dogs”: What we can tell about a government’s character

If the rationale for this blog is that of faith and religion and church, then my rationale for this piece will have to rest on the Christian virtues of kindness and compassion. And even more so in one’s kindness and compassion—and love—for dogs and puppies. A year and a half ...
September 21, 2015   Ronald Keener

What small groups should study and direction from above

I recently read an interesting article by Eric Geiger at LifeWay. In essence, the article says that most small group leaders are given no direction in what their groups study. Read the article HERE.  Here's my reply: In some ways this is both bad news and good news. The bad ...
September 18, 2015   Mike Mack

Iranian church sees rapid growth

Despite persecution, Iran has one of the fastest growing churches in the world. Church Central talked to Elam Ministries, whose mission is to help expand the church in the Iran region, to learn about what is happening in Iran.
September 17, 2015  

Don't rush your book

I recently wrapped up a combination ghostwriting, revising and editing project with a pastor from Florida who is self-publishing his first book. It offered an excellent reminder of how much work is involved in this kind of project. I guess we can always use a refresher course. Even me, after ...
September 16, 2015   Ken Walker

Church turnarounds: Remodeling “this old house” of prayer

According to St. Matthew 21:13, when Jesus entered the Temple area he began to overturn tables and “turnaround” several unhelpful practices. He placed in his hearers’ minds the quote from Isaiah 56:7: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” In current culture, both church turnarounds ...
September 15, 2015   Jim Farrer

Kim Davis: What Would Jesus Do?

Like you, I'm reading and listening to people who don't understand why a Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her religious beliefs. This is a clash of worldviews. Some see their religious liberties being violated. Some see their rights, as upheld ...
September 11, 2015   Mike Mack

“War Room”: You’ve seen the movie, now read the book

Like a lot of people, I saw War Room over the Labor Day weekend that likely contributed to the film pulling in $12.6 million over the four-day holiday. By any measure the film is a success, but in Hollywood where box office is everything, the film was made for $3 ...
September 11, 2015   Ronald Keener

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