High bail set for 3 imprisoned Iranian Christians

Three Iranian Christians, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi (Youhan), who were arrested on May 13, 2016 in Rasht, Iran, remain in custody after exorbitant bail amounts were set for them. Christian Solidarity Worldwide says the three Christians from...

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The problem with exciting church growth

“Problem? What?  Are you kidding?” Most of us find the growth of our churches to be exhilarating, exciting, heady. Especially if this growth follows an extended period of little or no growth.  New people walking in every Sunday!  Favorable comparisons to your newbie’s former pastors! Long dormant ministry slots finally ...
May 23, 2016   Brian Thorstad

Planning: a revitalization faith-walk

Church leaders sometimes have an aversion to planning. My personal consulting observations and the anecdotal reports of many others reveal that this aversion is often bolstered by an assertion that there is little or no biblical support for it. Indeed, in some settings, planning is ironically seen as a lack ...
May 23, 2016   Jim Barber

Can ordinary pastors become turnaround pastors?

The short answer is a happy “Yes!” I should define my terms. “Ordinary” or “traditional” pastors preach sermons, teach classes, pray, give pastoral care and do administrative tasks. Those are all important. The turnaround pastor does all of those things and is also able to provide the visionary and strategic leadership ...
May 17, 2016   Brian Thorstad

3 church killers: calling, mission-divorce, and truancy

“Only a disciple can make a disciple.” ~ A. W. Tozer Calling as vocation? “God has called me into full-time ministry!” were the words that I heard. I knew what was next: seminary, ordination, and then a paid position—but never secular work. Biblically speaking, the term calling mostly has to ...
May 17, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

Delegating versus releasing authority: what's the difference?

Several years ago, I learned an important lesson about the difference between delegating tasks and releasing authority. I was in a ministry situation where I was selected to be on a small team to plan a special training event for our staff. We were each given different aspects of this ...
May 11, 2016   Mark Lenz

We’re praying for revival, but we need this instead …

The Western church has lost its identity and its prophetic voice. Our specific voice to proclaim the gospel—to live within culture, but counter-culturally—unfortunately, the American church has become enculturated.[1] Instead of praying for revival, the church needs to earnestly repent and seek reformation. Let me give you three brief reasons ...
May 04, 2016   Matthew Fretwell

Is your ministry proactive or reactive?

In our modern world of fast-paced communication and decisions—which places a huge emphasis on innovation, being first, and taking the lead—the word “reactive” has nearly become a death knell for the fate of a ministry. A ministry which merely reacts is deemed certain not to last. Popular wisdom says that ...
May 03, 2016   Allen Hamlin

3 tactics to help you tackle ministry

To maintain a healthy balance between an inward and outward church focus is to tackle ministry needs. Tackling ministry needs could involve refocusing, creating, or ending ministry.  The term tackle is fitting, because this may require the most energy. Long histories and good fellowship often cause a church to focus ...
May 03, 2016   Bob Whitesel

3 keys to managing momentum in ministry

One of the most valuable forces in any organization is momentum. When a local church is energized by prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit, and momentum, it becomes a great force that the gates of hell cannot withstand.   Webster defines momentum as the “strength or force gained by ...
April 27, 2016   Mark Lenz

Well done, one pastor’s substantial legacy

Having written so many articles about my former boss, Walt Gerber, one would think my material would have run dry by now. That is definitely not the case! Walt, the former pastor of the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, where he ministered for 28 years, has passed away this ...
April 26, 2016   Doug Lawrence

Building on a strong foundation

Foundations are important in the kingdom of God; and they are important in the workplace. Christian leaders have been given position and influence in the workplace for God’s kingdom. Therefore, it can be said that foundations are doubly important for Workplace Leaders.  This matter of foundations is a concept of leadership that ...
April 26, 2016   Rob Streetman

Leadership re-examined

What is leadership? If you were teaching on leadership in different cultures on different continents, what and how would you teach? For me, this is not theoretical. Here are two basic questions I ask: • What is a leader or leading? • How can you be a better leader? I’m not even ...
April 26, 2016   John B. MacDonald

Video: Is good news enough?

When it comes to ministry, it’s easy to focus more attention on church programming, size and keeping up with the latest in technology and trends. However, Sean Palmer unpacks 2 Kings 7 and asks us to shift our focus at how the good news is more than good advice for ...
April 25, 2016  

5 excuses for church gossip

I define gossip as, saying negative things about a person which the hearer does not need to hear.   Everybody knows that gossip is wrong. Almost everybody knows that gossip is harmful to individuals and organizations. Almost all of us indulge in gossip in one way or another at one time or ...
April 23, 2016   Brian Thorstad
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