Joan Rivers and the hope of life after death

Comedienne Joan Rivers died recently at the age of 81. Her passing came just three weeks after the world also mourned the loss of comedian Robin Williams and actress Lauren Bacall. Rivers was a very funny lady.  Despite her frequently edgy and irreverent humor, she was a relentless worker and ...
October 21, 2014   Bob Russell

Are Multi-site Campuses Healthy For the Big "C" Church?

One current trend that has the potential to be a blip on the screen of church history is the multi-campus church. If not a blip, possibly a blemish. In business, the ma-pa whatever store disappeared with the growth of the big box Wal-Mart model. In the same way, many neighborhood ...
October 21, 2014   Phil Wood

Re:Vision Book Review

A turnaround pastor's life development plan
October 14, 2014   David Bowman

Great new book on pastoral succession and transition

The first article I ever wrote for Church Executive magazine was on pastoral succession.
October 13, 2014   Ronald Keener

4 ways to break out of “default” worship

Everyone who reads this title knows exactly what this discussion is about. We get stuck. We start to do everything the same way every time we do it. We move toward avoidance of the obvious because it’s what we do. We’re human.
October 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

What's in a title?

At one time, I would have answered the above question: “Not much. Half the time the publisher will change it anyway.” I changed my outlook after my agent encountered a string of lukewarm reactions to a book proposal, which he attributed to a poor title. I dreamed up several alternatives, ...
October 09, 2014   Ken Walker

7 Habits of joyful pastors

I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take long to assemble the names by the specific traits I sought. Simply said, I wanted to find out whose names I would include in looking for pastors who are joyful. The list ...
October 09, 2014   Thom Rainer

Should you attend a friend's same-sex marriage ceremony?

Occasionally I receive e-mails from church members asking for my opinion on various personal or church problems. With this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for same-sex marriage in 30 states, an inquiry I received recently is relevant to all Christians—particularly pastors. Since many church leaders will inevitably ...
October 07, 2014   Bob Russell

What will the spirit be like at my funeral?

My very first funeral home visit as a new Deacon was both encouraging and challenging. I came face to face with a godly survivor sharing a Christ-centric legacy. It made me wonder about mine.
October 06, 2014   Kent Evans

When Churches Don't Fit Right

Is your church the wrong size for the ministries you are trying to support? This blog looks at some of the factors that contribute to a misaligned fit between size and ministries.
October 02, 2014   Steve Reynolds

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

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