Don't thank your volunteers, commend them

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We all want to recognize and applaud the great work done by volunteers. But, how we do it can significantly impact their level of commitment.

BLOGS & VIDEOS


Is the Church trying too hard to identify with the world?

The late John Wooden had a unique philosophy about coaching basketball. He seldom scouted an opponent, believing it best to concentrate on improving his team’s performance. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Wooden’s UCLA teams almost always had superior talent. In contrast, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino puts a ...
September 09, 2014   Bob Russell

5 Lessons from a Border Collie

What I learned on my summer vacation.
September 03, 2014   David Bowman

Trail Life USA - A Force of Character

Trail Life USA is an organization born to train men in godly character by men of godly character. I am a big fan and I hope churches continue supporting its rapid growth.
August 25, 2014   Kent Evans

"Four Chair Discipleship" Book Review

Dr. Dann Spader's new book, Four Chair Discipleship, provides a practical and insightful look into how we can grow to maturity in Christ and become disciple makers who multiply our efforts. It can help all of us walk as Jesus walked.
July 28, 2014   Kent Evans

Why Satan Wants our Boys

As we know, our enemy prowls, seeking to devour. Let's explore three reasons why he targets boys and young men in particular. All our churches need strong strategies to protect and rescue our young men!
July 15, 2014   Kent Evans

The #1 reason for decline in church attendance

Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing. Most of us have ideas about this development. Many suggest that our nation is shifting away from its Christian roots. Thus, ...
July 01, 2014   Thom Rainer

Why does God allow so much pain?

This spring I attended the funeral of Barbara Comp, the widow of Gerald Comp. The preacher of my hometown church, I described Gerald’s tragic passing in the first chapter of my new book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? It has been 46 years since that heart-breaking tragedy. ...
July 01, 2014   Bob Russell

Four keys to planning for church health

Based on both research and anecdotal evidence, I estimate that nine out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their community—if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign for the church in America. Through the feedback I’ve received on this ...
June 19, 2014   Thom Rainer

Aubrey Malphurs on why spiritual gifts shouldn't become titles

In the African American and Latino church culture, we often see titles such as "prophet" or "apostle." Is this biblical? (Excerpted from a Society for Church Consulting training session taught by Aubrey Malphurs)
June 13, 2014  

Five reasons "kicking the can" leadership leads to disaster

Okay, I’m joining the crowd. As we contemplate the forthcoming congressional and state elections in November, the majority of Americans are tired and angry about political leaders who put off major decisions. Many call this habit of indecisive leaders “kicking the can.” I’m mad at President Obama. I’m mad at ...
June 05, 2014   Thom Rainer

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