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I heard a line in a movie recently and I cannot get it out of my head. At just nine words long, it might be one of the most efficient leadership lessons I have ever heard. And, the film on the whole was excellent – it didn't force me to wade …
In a previous post, I introduced the powerful concept call the Future Perfect Paradigm. I am continuing this series by looking at the vision statements or the future perfect of 13 biblical leaders. What is the future perfect paradigm? The Future …
Leadership Principle #51: Don't idolize the human wisdom you read, hear, or experience. Be enough of a leader to question it or only apply a piece of it."I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments." – Col 2:…
You don't have to sit through too many church staff meetings to realize that maybe—just maybe—nothing will get done. Fellowship, bonding, team building, and even Lectio divina have their place in staff gatherings, but there should also …
Do Millennials really care about what type of worship style is used in their church? My son, Jess Rainer, and I recently spoke in Texas on the topic of the Millennials, America's largest generation of nearly 79 million persons. Because we coauthored …
The Solomon Seduction Book ReviewI recently finished reading The Solomon Seduction: What You Can Learn from the Wisest Fool in the Bible by Mark Atteberry. I cannot think of a better book to give every man in your life. This is a book men, regardless of their stages of life, need …
If I could do my ministry over againIn late February I addressed more than 60 megachurch pastors at a meeting in San Diego. The organizers asked me to look back over my 40-year ministry at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. And, discuss what I'd do differently and …
"Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests." (Proverbs 14:4, NIV) Do you regularly practice the leadership habit of intentionally and strategically trading problems? Do you know how to …
In the old days we used to say that parking was difficult and that's why folks didn't come to church on time. That may have been naive! There are lots of reasons people choose to be late, and—just maybe—we should know what they are. 1. …
Shane Stanford and R. Brad Martin have written a helpful book in Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants. Stanford and Martin use the story of David and Goliath (one of my favorites) to talk about the challenges of life and how to move forward. (Note: I …
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'I don't like my church,' says the pastor

Pastor Danny Chambers came home one Sunday and said, "I don't like my church. I wouldn't attend my church." His wife said, "You need to define what a winning church looks like to you."
 

 
Ten tactics from Proverbs to help you manage conflict

This rapid-fire list of concepts and verses will arm you with things to do when conflict takes root in your church. (Tom Harper at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
Elmer Towns: The next big church turnaround method

"Life groups are changing today's church." (From Church Central's Turnaround 20/20 summit in 2012)
 

 
Do some churches do more harm than good?

When a church doesn't make disciples, its value to the Kingdom is questionable. (Aubrey Malphurs leading a training session for the Society for Church Consulting.)
 

 
John Maxwell launches a prayer meeting

When he was a pastor in San Diego, Maxwell went against the wishes of his board and started a new prayer ministry that helped the church grow. Here's how he did it. (Elmer Towns at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
How weaknesses help leaders win spiritual battles
Chuck Lawless, Dan Reeves and John Ewart talk about the power of brokenness in fighting Satan in a church turnaround situation. We all have weaknesses that the enemy is very aware of, and when we direct our fear toward God rather than him, we …
 
Bandero Road Church's 7 'how we live together' statements

Will Mancini discusses how this church defines what a disciple should look like in their congregation. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)

 
Strategies for becoming multicultural

Blended worship, multigenerational, multilingual. Whatever you do, be fluid, said Jan Paron. "What worked last year may not work this year." (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
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