Transform Your Leadership with These 12 Vision Templates

Think of the 12 templates as a vision typology. When believers sit together and dream about the impact they want to have in the world, I believe any dream can be ultimately defined by one of the templates. It’s church vision made that simple.
February 09, 2016   Will Mancini

Trading your comfort zone for your sweet spot

I have heard it and said it. Likely you have too: “We need to get out of our comfort zone.” To echo leadership guru Michael Hyatt: “Nothing good happens in the comfort zone.” But where, exactly, are we supposed to go when we leave our comfort zone? Is it simply ...
February 09, 2016   Gerry Lewis

Reducing tithe when money is tight

Once a month I conduct mentoring retreats for pastors we call “A Time of Refreshing.” Its intent is to provide a time of encouragement and renewal for ministers. Participants occasionally email me seeking counsel on ministry issues. Below is an edited version of an email exchange with a pastor that ...
February 09, 2016   Bob Russell

Let's not hustle for a moment

I’m constantly watching friends like Carlos Whittaker and others, including Jon Acuff encourage others to hustle. I have no problem with that. I’m extremely driven, ambitious and have a stong work ethic. As a matter of fact, I just purchased and began reading my friend, Brad Lomenick’s book H3 Leadership: ...
February 08, 2016   Greg Atkinson

Take 2 to reduce evangelism anxiety

Pastor, chances are your pleas for active participation in the church’s evangelism fall on deaf ears. Why? Because they fear two things: feeling stupid and rejection. Laying on a burden of “duty” and “obedience” and “mission” will not help. They prefer guilt over fear. So why not take those two show stoppers off ...
February 08, 2016   Bud Brown

Putting "pastor" back into "missions pastor"

You’ve heard the moving reports of God at work around the world. You’ve hailed the spiritual heroes that have been sent out by your church when they return from furlough. You may have even seen old-school slideshows of remote and exotic locales. Truly, God’s Kingdom is moving around the world. But ...
February 06, 2016   Allen Hamlin

Four critical details for multisite preaching

The MultiSite Guy, Jim Tomberlin, recently said “The multisite movement began as a radical idea, became the cool idea and now is the mainstream idea.” Indeed, multisite is quickly becoming the new norm for growing churches. And video venues are becoming a well-defined, but often misunderstood strategy in today’s church. ...
February 06, 2016   Mark Lenz

7 lessons from Peyton Manning for church leaders

Sunday night I, like many of you, watched Peyton Manning (quarterback of the Denver Broncos) make history. Not only did Peyton win the AFC Championship, he becomes the first QB in the NFL to go to multiple Super Bowls with multiple teams. Not only that, he has been to four ...
February 05, 2016   Greg Atkinson

Why bring in a secret shopper or mystery worshiper?

A lot of people have heard or read that I'm regularly doing secret shopper or mystery worshiper visits to churches around the country. The question has been raised (and it's a valid one): Do you need a secret shopper? As someone who takes the mission to reach the lost and ...
February 05, 2016   Greg Atkinson

5 reasons why all Christians should observe Lent

The Church Lenten season begins next Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday (before Easter). Lent was designed as a time of reflection, repentance, prayer, fasting, and meditation on Scripture. It became a time when new believers prepared for ...
February 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

Book review: The secret of pastoral care; it’s not just for the pastor

Marvin McMickle has written a remarkable book for pastors in Caring Pastors, Caring People: Equipping your Church for Pastoral Care (Judson). McMickle defines pastoral care much more broadly than we usually do. He doesn’t view it as one responsibility among many, but as an overarching model for ministry.  He uses ...
February 03, 2016   Margaret Marcuson

Senior pastors are workplace leaders too

As a consultant and minister to workplace leaders, I have noticed an unfortunate disconnect; a self-imposed separation between church leadership and leaders in other areas of society.  Business, government and education leaders see senior pastors as, well, pastors. Most of the senior pastors I know struggle with the same identity limitations. ...
February 03, 2016   Rob Streetman

4 potent prayers to invigorate evangelism

These four, simple prayers will help solve a pastor’s most enduring and most important problem: motivating church folks to evangelism. They are more compelling than harangue, more persuasive than sermons, more energizing than admonition, and more biblical than any motivational gimmick you can imagine. If you teach your church these ...
February 03, 2016   Bud Brown

4 strategies to help leaders develop critical thinking skills

Are you a critical thinker? Think about it. Leaders need to cultivate and practice critical thinking skills. I was in a meeting and heard the chairman say, “I wish we had thought about that before committing to this project.” Ouch! Something unforeseen had happened and it was a surprise to ...
February 02, 2016   Paul Greasley

Preaching patriotic holidays

Many pastors refrain from preaching about “national” topics on these holidays. But isn’t it part of our calling to provide biblical perspective to our current culture? When pastors ignore patriotic observances on the calendar, their congregations may find them to be “out-of-touch” or to have a “tin ear.” To be ...
February 02, 2016   Jim Farrer

4 brain hacks than can make you a better leader

I love leadership and I love learning about the brain. I just finished an executive masters in the Neuroscience of Leadership. And a few months ago my fourth book was published, Brain-Savvy Leaders: the Science of Significant Ministry. As I've immersed myself in learning how our brain affects life and ...
February 01, 2016   Charles Stone

You are invited!

You are invited! David’s life is chronicled for us so that we also know of his weaknesses and failures, not just of his more honorable exploits or God-glorifying endeavors. If you read the Psalms written by David, he admits to a number of ineptitudes. He readily confesses to sin, to worry, depression, ...
January 30, 2016   Phillip Foster

4 strategies to free your congregants from the worry trap

Have you noticed that Christians use their own lingo? You know what I’m talking about. We have these phrases that we like to toss around; terms that describe our spiritual lives but that may be foreign to everyone else: “quiet time,” “traveling mercies,” and of course, “peace that passes understanding.” ...
January 29, 2016   Dr. Pamela Ovwigho

4 traps of ingrown churches

Slowly over time most churches grow primarily inward in their focus, rather than focusing outward to meet the needs of those outside the church.The result of this inward focus is that churches stop reaching non-churchgoers because they are less frequently meeting the needs of those outside of their fellowship.  Most ...
January 28, 2016   Bob Whitesel

Even saving one church is worth the effort

Don Matthews seeks to revitalize churches one conversation at a time through his role as a consultant and coach with the Society for Church Consulting.
January 28, 2016   Krishana Kraft

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The funeral I never wanted to perform

Ajai Lall, Founder and Director of Central India Christian Mission, shares a powerful story of an unexpected response in the midst of suffering. Learn from one man’s experience and how his perspective challenges us to approach suffering differently.

3 hurdles of change leadership

Jim Barber discusses how clearing these hurdles will move your leadership structure in the right direction. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)

How one sermon unlocked a preacher's ministry

Hear how a sermon on marriage given during two different seasons of a pastor’s life, unlocked a key component in his preaching career.

5 unhealthy leadership structures

Is there a hint of these five unhealthy leadership forms in your church? Jim Barber shows you what to look for. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)

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