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5 ways to take the high road in leadership

It’s not an easy road, but once you spend time on it, it’s hard to go back to however you handled problems in the past. The “high road” is the one that shows you’re strong enough not to be buried by circumstance and dispute.   A belief in early Scotland ...
August 31, 2015   Doug Lawrence

6 ways to survive unwarranted criticism

Faced with a critical environment, we all have choices to make—Take it? Repel it? Refute it? No matter how we handle it, there will probably only be a couple of seconds to decide.   Church professionals often find themselves in crisis, particularly given that their visibility is so high and ...
August 11, 2015   Doug Lawrence

2 reasons why summers are life and death to your ministry

I have worked in churches for a very long time and I’ve learned some crucial lessons. One of those lessons is how to rest. Just as in a good musical composition, sometimes the rests are more important than the notes! Summer, even the "dog days" of summer, provide some unique ...
August 06, 2015   Doug Lawrence

1 powerful moment to spark transcendent worship

Worship should be beautifully mysterious, and transformingly vitreous. One could call this, “worship in balance.”   There is a wonderful thread of mystery that weaves itself through the fabric of God’s description of Himself (Go find a used copy of Lloyd Ogilvie’s Autobiography of God at Amazon—it’s brilliant!). If we ...
August 01, 2015   Doug Lawrence

3 things Evangelicals can learn from liturgical worship

And also with you!   We all know what an evangelist does…they preach! If they’re any good at all, they preach with great fervency. I’ve always been one of those guys when it comes to Evangelical worship. I have even often bashed anyone who wasn’t from that, “we do it ...
July 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

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

3 verbs , THE 3 verbs, for every worship gathering!

How many times have you heard/or preached that, “Worship Is a Verb?” Hopefully many times! Can you name them? Here are THE 3 worship verbs required to have a true call and response kind of worship service, no matter what the style or setting.   Here's the A list!   ACTIVATE your ...
June 02, 2015   Doug Lawrence

15 tag lines to make your sermons more memorable

I was Skyping with a young preacher last week who wanted hints for making his sermons more memorable. I’m pretty sure that’s what every preacher wants.    Here is what the best of the best communicators use—TAG LINES!   A quick Wikipedia check says this about “tag lines.”   “The idea ...
May 21, 2015   Doug Lawrence

4 ways you get to stay on the bus, yes, THAT bus

One of the weakest, most cynical, and most brutally clear modern day church metaphors for staff structure is “The Bus.” Many people reading this will have been kicked off (the bus). Many will be trying to figure out who they should kick off (the bus). Others will be clinging tightly ...
May 02, 2015   Doug Lawrence

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

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