Encourage healthy debate

Leadership Principle #56:  Focus on the positive while managing the negative. “But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning…” – Titus 3:9-10 Have you ever been in a team meeting where ...
September 26, 2014   Tom Harper

5 Reasons churches benefit by seeking external help

The pattern is conspicuous. Churches that operate in an isolated and insular fashion are not as healthy as churches that regularly seek outside perspectives. Of course, there will always be exceptions. But, as a rule, those churches whose leaders and members are involved solely in their own ministries tend to ...
September 25, 2014   Thom Rainer

How Every Church Should Be Governed

“There is no definitive form of church government in the New Testament,” so wrote G. Campbell Morgan. Scripture has many examples of how local bodies were led, ranging from Paul or Timothy essentially mandating, to the Apostles as the final word, to the congregation empowered to take responsibility, to a ...
September 25, 2014   Phil Wood

The imaginary Jesus

Famed singer Elton John recently suggested if Jesus were alive today, He would favor gay marriage. A recent poll reveals 55 percent of Americans believe Jesus would have backed universal healthcare. I occasionally get responses from readers who insist Jesus would have written with more grace and understanding than me (likely true). ...
September 23, 2014   Bob Russell

3 critical mistakes many worship leaders make

Like pastors, worship leaders take lots of “hits;” they just make a lot less money and are often far less well trained to do their job. Oh, and they are frequently expendable. Can we help these people become better leaders? As a life-long worship guy, I get to talk about ...
September 18, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Don't thank your volunteers, commend them

We all want to recognize and applaud the great work done by volunteers. But, how we do it can significantly impact their level of commitment.
September 15, 2014   Kent Evans

7 Ways pastors (and others) can develop thicker skin

Among the top five most frequent issues I hear about from pastors is criticism. The number of “bosses” a pastor has equals the number of church members. Some are very opinionated, and some of those are harsh critics of the pastor. Not surprisingly, the most common questions I get are: ...
September 11, 2014   Thom Rainer

Report: Leadership Network/Vanderbloemen Group‘s new salary survey

For church pastors wanting to maximize their incomes, it may be of no surprise that they should attach themselves to a large church. A new survey reports that, “Our big finding is that for large churches, church size overwhelmingly influences salary.”
September 09, 2014   Ronald Keener

Teach with your testimony

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to ghostwrite hundreds of testimonies of businessmen, entertainers, professional athletes, and others. Unfortunately, both ministries I wrote these accounts for wound up reducing their publications budgets. The most recent cutback stemmed from the economic downturn whose effects are still with us six ...
September 09, 2014   Ken Walker

Is the Church trying too hard to identify with the world?

The late John Wooden had a unique philosophy about coaching basketball. He seldom scouted an opponent, believing it best to concentrate on improving his team’s performance. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Wooden’s UCLA teams almost always had superior talent. In contrast, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino puts a ...
September 09, 2014   Bob Russell

5 Lessons from a Border Collie

What I learned on my summer vacation.
September 03, 2014   David Bowman

Leaders should be farmers

Like a farmer, the successful leader understands the seasons of his or her organization and capitalizes on its rhythm.
September 02, 2014   Tom Harper

7 Habits of highly effective church meetings

As a longtime pastor and business leader, I must confess the truth. I used to hate meetings. In fact, I verbally expressed my feelings about meetings being a waste of time. During most meetings I attended, I daydreamed about a dozen other ways I could be spending my time more ...
August 28, 2014   Thom Rainer

There will be perilous times in the last days

For those who wonder if we live in perilous times, just survey some recent headlines. Like 298 people dying when their Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine. War breaking out between Israel and terrorists in Gaza. Northern Iraq overrun by radical extremists. Thousands of immigrant children pouring across the ...
August 26, 2014   Bob Russell

3 things you'd better know, or else!

If you are over 50 you may not need to read this. On the other hand if you're over 50 you absolutely need to read this! Like my Doc said to me when I was 30…”It gets tougher from here!”
August 25, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Trail Life USA - A Force of Character

Trail Life USA is an organization born to train men in godly character by men of godly character. I am a big fan and I hope churches continue supporting its rapid growth.
August 25, 2014   Kent Evans

Book Review: Ending Extreme Poverty Is Possible: What Christians Can Do

Scott Todd in Hope Rising makes an inspiring case for the ministry of working to end poverty.
August 19, 2014   Margaret Marcuson

Leaders, beat this travel horror story

The more you travel, the more chances you have for bad experiences. My latest trip on United Airlines was my most horrifying story ever - it was so bad, and the airline's response so unsatisfactory, that I had to share. Read this as part entertainment, part warning. And part rant.
August 14, 2014   Tom Harper

7 Ways to respond to power groups in the church

Second of two parts In my last post, I listed eight types of power groups that exist in many churches today. I also noted that a power group per se is not intrinsically bad, since they come in a variety of types and quality. As promised, I am utilizing this ...
August 14, 2014   Thom Rainer

Money and Your Ministry Book Review

Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance
August 12, 2014   David Bowman

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