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3 times in ministry I went from the supine to the ridiculous

When you wake up in the morning and get out of bed, typically you see your day going one way, but often—maybe too often—you’re badly mistaken! Surprises and interruptions are the stuff of ministry and often a good day can go terribly wrong! Here’s my short list…       ...
April 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

3 thoughts about getting over time

It has been said that “Over time, you get over time.”    A life in ministry is just like any other. When you are young you have nothing but time, middle-aged, you never have enough, and when you are old, time is precious and then finally runs out.   You ...
April 08, 2015   Doug Lawrence

10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

4 young takeaways for old churches and vice versa

We can all learn from each other, that’s the stuff of real learning, you listen to someone else. What if we gathered leaders from very young churches and rather old ones in the same room—maybe over a nice cup of tea or a Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte With Soy ...
March 20, 2015   Doug Lawrence

3 things your congregation is doing while you think they’re worshipping

It shouldn't come as a surprise that most people in our congregations are multitaskers, even when they are at church services. This could mean that for all our well intentioned plans for inspiring, transforming, and enlivening people's spiritual lives, we might only be advancing a vain hope.   Here are 3 ...
March 06, 2015   Doug Lawrence

5 assets I really admire in a “rookie” preacher

Last week I visited my former 21 year ministry hood, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church—mentioned in Christianity Today as John Ortberg's church—so, as usual, I expected first class preaching and I wasn’t disappointed, but I was a little surprised.    Twenty-eight year old Abby McHugh was the speaker, and quite impressive! ...
February 19, 2015   Doug Lawrence

4 reasons I love it when worship comes together…or not

Look, worship is complicated! We have leaders with tons of experience, some with none. We have scheduling that would stagger the Pentagon! We have countless decisions to make, creatively, spiritually, musically, and technically.   When we look at what is expected of us, it’s like the most remarkable team sport ...
January 30, 2015   Doug Lawrence

3 ways to take stupid out of your worship

If you believe that worship is a verb but often becomes a perfunctory noun, then you might want to read further. We should probably make some adjustments before we lose sight of why we gather.    My last contribution to ChurchCentral.com spoke to the often conspicuous excesses of “modern-ish" worship. ...
January 24, 2015   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to de-professionalize your worship

The primary complaint that I hear from congregants in many churches is that the worship service is too much of a show, and you may believe that to be true yourself. In an effort to have excellence in our worship experiences we may have overstepped. Here are some ways to ...
January 16, 2015   Doug Lawrence

3 reasons why Christmas didn't fix everything

Every pastor loves Christmas. Increased attendance is like crack cocaine for most church leaders—euphoria naturally accompanies all those Bs in the Ps. Taken on the whole, though, there are many things to consider when evaluating a church’s momentary success in festival seasons. Take for example…
January 01, 2015   Doug Lawrence

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

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

4 cardinal rules of good upfront communication

Talking in front of people is still the number one fear for people according to Psychology Today and it routinely shows up in surveys as being even more frightening than death! What's up with that?
November 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to be truly present with people

Personally? I’ve proved over and over that you can be in the same room with people and be totally detached from them. Most likely, I’m not alone.
October 31, 2014   Doug Lawrence

6 ways to "read" the room

Are we winning at the game of “Follow the Leader?” Are people really with us? This piece is about checking to see if, in fact, anyone is following our skillful cues.
October 24, 2014   Doug Lawrence

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

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

3 things you'd better know, or else!

If you are over 50 you may not need to read this. On the other hand if you're over 50 you absolutely need to read this! Like my Doc said to me when I was 30…”It gets tougher from here!”
August 25, 2014   Doug Lawrence

6 prickly people who put your church on pause

Thom Rainer just wrote an article about the 8 Types of power groups in the church. It is both informative and timely and, ironically, close to the topic I’m sharing.
August 11, 2014   Doug Lawrence

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