8 Types of power groups in churches

First of two parts This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But since power groups are very real in churches, wise leaders will recognize their existence and learn ...
July 31, 2014   Thom Rainer

A spiritual myth: "Divorce is just as common in the church as in the world"

Have you ever heard someone cite these statements as fact? 1) "Fifty percent of American marriages end in divorce, or 2) "The divorce rate in the church is just as bad as the divorce rate in the world." I've always had serious doubts about those statistics. They didn't seem consistent ...
July 29, 2014   Bob Russell

Throw new leaders into the lair

Leadership Principle #54:  Tested, battle-weary leaders are the ones people follow. "[T]hey must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons."  - 1 Ti 3:10 In 1755, during the French and Indian War, George Washington served under proud British veteran General Braddock. When Washington ...
July 28, 2014   Tom Harper

There is nothing hip about Facebook any more... how about your church?

We want your kids! Every church says it, but few accomplish it. What’s the problem. Why can't churches catch up with the changing culture? Why are millennials leaving the church faster than leaders can figure out how to keep them?
July 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

"Four Chair Discipleship" Book Review

Dr. Dann Spader's new book, Four Chair Discipleship, provides a practical and insightful look into how we can grow to maturity in Christ and become disciple makers who multiply our efforts. It can help all of us walk as Jesus walked.
July 28, 2014   Kent Evans

8 Areas where many ministers aren't prepared for ministry

My email inbox is full of tragic examples of ministers who entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines. They were bright, eager and—with God’s power—ready to change the world. And they ...
July 17, 2014   Thom Rainer

A baby isn’t born without some PUSH; so too with prayer

"Don’t give up halfway through. Pray through until you have the break through." To Jurgen Matthesius, in his new book Push: Pray until Something Happens (Nelson Books, 2014),"that is PUSH prayer."
July 17, 2014   Ronald Keener

Why Satan Wants our Boys

As we know, our enemy prowls, seeking to devour. Let's explore three reasons why he targets boys and young men in particular. All our churches need strong strategies to protect and rescue our young men!
July 15, 2014   Kent Evans

The 6 Areas of Break-thru that Church Teams Need Most

In 2004, we built into the DNA of Auxano the idea that our services would always adapt to the primary growth challenges of local churches. Today, with over twenty on the team, we are responding to the needs of churches with our boldest move ever.
July 15, 2014   Will Mancini

Cure For the Common Church Book Review

Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health. Bob Whitesel. Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012. 175 pages. Operating off the premise that the common church is sick and in need of healing, Professor Bob Whitesel offers practical advice for restoring church health in Cure for the Common ...
July 15, 2014   Phil Wood

Recalling “as it was” 57 years ago on July 4.

It’s been 57 years since I was graduated from high school, the Class of 1957 in fact. And I still recall opening homeroom exercises at Palmyra, Pa., high school on Cherry Street in the morning by repeating the pledge of allegiance to the flag and, yes, even then, reading Scripture ...
July 08, 2014   Ronald Keener

Preaching and writing are much different

No sooner had I started into my latest book editing project than I remembered the distinct difference between preaching and writing. The pastor who had asked for help turning a sermon series into a small book started his message by asking the congregation to turn with him to a particular ...
July 08, 2014   Ken Walker

3 (there are a lot more) ways to be a prolific time waster

I’ve just taken a two month sabbatical and, hey, I know how to waste time. For example: I love to write until, out of boredom, I feel a need to begin yet another project that I may or may not finish. I love to produce video projects for non-profits and ...
July 04, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Righteousness Exalts a Nation

We can create a culture of Christ-centered catalysts.
July 01, 2014   David Bowman

Welcome to “No Church” – 4 Steps To Reversing Your Negative Church Messaging

Almost without exception, churches somewhere utilize negative messaging for very practical reasons. After all, someone parking in the wrong spot can create havoc. So it’s quite natural to put up a sign that says, “No Parking Along Curb.”
July 01, 2014   Will Mancini

The #1 reason for decline in church attendance

Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing. Most of us have ideas about this development. Many suggest that our nation is shifting away from its Christian roots. Thus, ...
July 01, 2014   Thom Rainer

Why does God allow so much pain?

This spring I attended the funeral of Barbara Comp, the widow of Gerald Comp. The preacher of my hometown church, I described Gerald’s tragic passing in the first chapter of my new book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? It has been 46 years since that heart-breaking tragedy. ...
July 01, 2014   Bob Russell

The Transition Trap

When we are taking the helm in a transition of leadership - whether leading a church, running a business or supervising a volunteer committee - we do well to not get caught in a common trap.
June 26, 2014   Kent Evans

Help your people relate to money all year long

Stewardship is about far more than one or two Sundays a year. It is not simply supporting the budget. Rather, it is a ministry to help people learn about their relationship to money, and to other ways they can give. Encouraging financial giving to the ministry of the church is ...
June 20, 2014   Margaret Marcuson

How do I 'surrender' myself to God's will

When Tom Harper asked me to review “A Beautiful Defeat” by Kevin Malarkey, I knew it was just the title intended for me at that point in my life, when I read the subtitle: “Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God.” Malarkey had a Christian psychotherapy practice, ...
June 20, 2014   Ronald Keener

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