Eight implications of aging boomer pastors and church staff

On January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers turned 65. On that day, 10,000 boomers reached that milestone. In fact, 10,000 boomers are turning 65 every day, and will continue to do so for a total of 19 consecutive years. The implications are staggering for our nation, our economy, and ...
December 18, 2014   Thom Rainer

Live with margin

Living with more space in life’s margins became more meaningful to me this year. Thanks to scheduling my time more effectively, I became more productive in my writing and editing. This took trial and error. Initially, I scheduled a nine-hour work routine most days, until I discovered that I better ...
December 17, 2014   Ken Walker

Four principles to guide a wealthy Christian

Rose Greenhow, a Confederate spy during the Civil War, tried to evade capture and the loss of her fortune by sewing her gold into the seams of her dress. However, when the ship she boarded sank, the weight of the gold made it impossible for the life-preserver to support her. ...
December 16, 2014   Bob Russell

Ready for the 1950s? Let’s get real

Now and then one reads a passage that leaves you thinking, “That’s good! That’s really intelligent. The writer leaves us with a truth we cannot, should not, ignore. That was smartly said.”
December 16, 2014   Ronald Keener

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 2)

It is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and nearly 40 people have gathered—both outgoing and incoming committee members—present for the organization meeting of the leadership of The Brethren Fellowship in Chambersburg, Pa.
December 12, 2014   Ronald Keener

As a father, I must simply be faithful

In raising boys, I have a strong desire for them to know and follow the Lord. However, they will need to choose that and I cannot control their choice. I must simply be faithful and leave the outcome up to the Lord.
December 11, 2014   Kent Evans

3 absolutes of dressing for upfront leadership

For the last couple of months I’ve had the honor of serving the “upfront” leadership at the Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood, Kansas, led by Pastor Adam Hamilton What a fabulous group of people!. Here is my parting advice for them.
December 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to help people remember what you say

Any leader knows that it is disheartening to prepare a good talk only to realize that nobody can remember what you said the following week. There are speakers who know how to get retention in their audiences, and our goal is to be one of those people!
December 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Cry Foul: Loudly calling out for a level playing field

The Thomas More Law Center has taken on the representation of John Kevin Wood, and his wife Melissa, in their battle with La Plata High School in Maryland over the Islamic indoctrination of their 11th grade daughter in her World History class.
December 08, 2014   Ronald Keener

Eleven of the most common mistakes churches make

On my travels this year I visited a pastor in Arkansas who reads my blogs faithfully. He expressed gratitude for all the free content, but followed up with a kind plea: could I write some posts that summarize some of the issues I have covered in multiple articles? When I ...
December 04, 2014   Thom Rainer

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 1): The urgency issue

I’ve been asked to chair my church’s leadership team (board) for two years beginning in January. I’m a troublemaker and they know it. Trouble in terms of change and transformation. One who is tired of maintenance and not mission in churches, surviving not thriving, declining and plateauing. It’s been on ...
December 03, 2014   Ronald Keener

Divorce Rate and the Skewing of Church Demographics

For him it was two, for her three, and they were making plans for a combined total of seven. On five separate previous occasions, in the sight of their closest family and friends, each had promised an unending “I do.” Now they were inviting me to witness them both pledging ...
December 03, 2014   Phil Wood

When holidays aren't happy

Recently I spoke to a group of several hundred people who openly admitted they dread the holidays. The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas isn’t the favorite for a lot of people. I’ve read there is more alcohol consumption, more domestic fights, more arrests, more suicides and more people battling depression during ...
December 02, 2014   Bob Russell

The unique calling of the pastor's wife

If pastor’s wives were Catholic, according to Eugene Peterson, they would be nuns. They have one of the most special and unique callings of anyone connected to ministry.
November 25, 2014   Phil Wood

What your church can learn from the fast-food franchise business

Last evening I “dined out” at the new Pizza Hut in Chambersburg, on a Personal Pan Meat Lovers, my favorite. It was really the new, old Pizza Hut, for the new part was everything above the foundation.
November 24, 2014   Ronald Keener

10 drills for better upfront leadership

Most frequent question? How do I get better at being “on stage” in my leadership? Answer? Practice, practice, practice! Here are some drills to help—if not cure—this common angst!
November 21, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Taking risks to advance the gospel

Speaking out today about one’s faith in a politically-correct age can be dangerous. Yet church leaders who are hesitant can draw inspiration from biblical leaders like the Apostle Paul. He knew that danger awaited him in Jerusalem. At Miletus he said good-bye to the Ephesian elders and told them that ...
November 20, 2014   Bob Russell

7 Occasions when you should not hire more church staff

Earlier this year I received a Twitter request to provide guidelines for hiring additional church staff. Not too long ago, you could add staff according to a clear formula. Typically, that meant one full-time minister for every 100 to 200 in worship attendance. Unfortunately, it is no longer best to ...
November 20, 2014   Thom Rainer

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible
November 19, 2014   Ronald Keener

What is the church member's role regarding pulpit content?

As church members in our Western consumer-driven culture, we can become convinced that we should influence the messaging coming from our pulpits. I don't believe that is my role.
November 17, 2014   Kent Evans

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