How Joe Lost His Passion in Ministry

Joe has experienced the dynamic tension of what I call the passion-success conundrum. And the conundrum is this: Great passion breeds success, but great success buries passion.
July 01, 2015   Will Mancini

Top 10 attitudes of healthy, long-term pastors

In my last blog in this space, I shared the leading habits of pastors who enjoy long-term tenure and mostly joyous ministries at the same church. Another key insight I learned from these pastors is how they think. My previous article dealt mostly with their actions. This post refers to ...
June 30, 2015   Thom Rainer

Darwinian evolution vs. common sense

World magazine recently carried an article titled, “A Time to Talk Back.”  The subhead read, “Christians need not be afraid to confront the inconsistencies of Darwinism.” The article featured an extensive interview with Dr. J. Budziskewski, an ethics and philosophy professor at the University of Texas. The professor rejects the Darwinist ...
June 30, 2015   Bob Russell

“Breathtaking": The court’s decision—and God’s intentions for marriage

Bummed by the outcome Friday of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality (why should I have been surprised?), I found some solace in Albert Mohler’s blog when he wrote: “Those who cannot accept this redefinition of marriage as a matter of morality and ultimate truth, must acknowledge that the ...
June 29, 2015   Ronald Keener

“Seduced”: Kids’ Self-image Far From a Cherished Child of God (Part 1)

In my day grooming was slicking back my hair with Wildroot Cream Oil, looking my best to go to a school dance. Today grooming takes on a whole new meaning: grooming is about getting kids into the sex trade, working on their (declining) self-esteem, getting them to believe that pornography ...
June 26, 2015   Ronald Keener

The church: the center of healing

Recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, have awakened us to the fact that our culture, our nation, and our communities are in need of healing and understanding. I was moved to hear that the nine shooting victims at Mother Emanuel AME Church were diverse in age, social status, and educational ...
June 25, 2015   Parnell Lovelace, Jr.

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 2: The role of prayer)

According to former missionary and retired Princeton Seminary professor Sam Moffett, the secular culture sees prayer as an escape from the world or as a Christian cop out. Revolutions make headlines; prayer does not. However, from his study of Christian spiritual awakenings beginning in Acts 1:13, Gordon-Conwell professor Richard Lovelace ...
June 23, 2015   Jim Farrer

The things that drive me crazy when phoning a church

Even congregations of some size, say 500 members and upwards, haven’t figured out their communications systems and what callers expect when placing a call to the church office. Most people these days set their expectations rather high because they make calls to businesses and organizations that depend on being responsive ...
June 19, 2015   Ronald Keener

4 Christian Facebook streams I do, but shouldn’t, fish in…you?

I want to get along with most everyone—really, but as I read controversial posts on my Facebook feed, I sometimes jump in with an opposing opinion just to test the waters and moderate the trend of negativity (as I perceive it). Have you ever done that?   Maybe it’s just me, ...
June 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Ten traits of pastors who have healthy, long-term tenures

Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations through increased stability. Presently, the median tenure of the average pastor at a church is around four years. Simply stated, ...
June 18, 2015   Thom Rainer

7 Questions to Determine if Your Team REALLY Shares Your Core Values

Here's a quick 7-question evaluation to use with your team in determining your REAL core values.
June 17, 2015   Will Mancini

Was Jesus a liberal?

A recent letter to the editor of our local newspaper suggested Jesus was a liberal. “I take issue with the term, ‘conservative Christian,’” the writer said. “To be a Christian is to follow in the footsteps of Christ and his teachings. As far as my understanding of Christianity, we are to ...
June 16, 2015   Bob Russell

Campolo moves left on SSM, but not to the right side of history

“Oh, no,” I shrieked. “Not Tony too.” Tony Campolo came out in favor of gay marriage? Sure enough, just before the Supreme Court rules on the matter for the nation. And not long after I bought his book (written with Shane Claiborne), Red Letter Revolution, which now may move to ...
June 11, 2015   Ronald Keener

Write a memoir, not an autobiography

I recently marked a personal milestone when a client flew me Boston to lead a writers workshop at his suburban office. Although I had been a speaker or workshop leader at several previous conferences, this was my first time as the sole speaker. Not only did I enjoy getting to ...
June 11, 2015   Ken Walker

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 1)

In years past many congregations relied on two methods of growth that--even though they worked--were essentially inwardly focused. 1. Sex … or more accurately biological replacement In this process we hope our children will grow up, marry, have children and remain in our community, our congregation and our pew. Today ...
June 08, 2015   Jim Farrer

The “Fitness Church”: How’s your club, eh, church coming?

When living in Arizona, one of the churches we attended for five years had some 7,000 attenders. It had all the bells and whistles of community churches you see today for a crowd that large. And it wasn’t Christianity-lite either. They worked hard at spiritual formation. They developed a large ...
June 05, 2015   Ronald Keener

8 Things pastors do when their churches are in a slump

The meaning of “slump” is more evident in sports. For example, when a baseball player enters a summer slump, we surmise that he is not hitting as well as he was earlier in the spring. However, for churches, there is no clear-cut definition. Indeed, some leaders wonder if it is ...
June 04, 2015   Thom Rainer

Plus-sizing God's house

“Even those I will bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples." Isaiah 56:7 NASB As I reflect ...
June 03, 2015   Parnell Lovelace, Jr.

The Troubled Future of the Methodists, living on hope

The United Methodists produced a remarkable report at its meetings in late May in Tampa that prophesied its decline and death in 15 years unless it took actions that, given the lethargy of denominations generally, is herculean in what is required to survive as a church body. The report came not ...
June 03, 2015   Ronald Keener

46 Ways to Leverage Periscope in Ministry

How an ever-increasing number of church leaders are leaning in to the emerging tool called Periscope as an opportunity to connect and transfer vision.
June 03, 2015   Will Mancini

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