With Pope Francis’ visit, how are we to regard the Roman church?


With the Bishop of Rome, otherwise known as the Pontiff or the Pope, coming to the U.S. this month, a visit by Pope Francis stirs up speculation about the Roman Catholic Church, its place within the religious world community and...


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

The best thing we can do to preserve biblical marriage

It’s easy to understand why most Christians are frustrated with the Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of marriage. We believe marriage is much more than a civil ceremony; it is a divine covenant. The Bible teaches that God brought Adam and Eve together and performed the first marriage ceremony. God designed marriage as ...
August 25, 2015   Bob Russell

Church Turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 6: The Role of Fire and the Spirit cont.)

In this research blog we continue to explore my premise that Christians become truly motivated by a fire which burns down their building or when the fire of the Holy Spirit ignites the members. The Holy Spirit has many roles to play. Often in life we want the Holy Spirit ...
August 18, 2015   Jim Farrer

Wesley, Whitefield and agreeing to disagree

The purpose of the pulpit, predestination, discipleship models – those are just some of the many things that friends John Wesley and George Whitefield had conflicting views on. However, out of their relationship a phrase was coined that has continued to help unify church leaders in the midst of doctrinal ...
August 17, 2015  

"My God" versus the true God

Pastors and other church leaders, if you haven’t heard these kinds of statements yet, rest assured that in today’s confused, pluralistic society, you will: “My God would never send anyone to hell.” “I believe in a God who is bigger than all religions.” “The God I worship is neither Muslim, ...
August 11, 2015   Bob Russell

10 Troubling statements from church leaders and members

If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are proclamations that virtually assure your church’s decline and probable demise. All too common What is troubling is ...
July 30, 2015   Thom Rainer

The Me I Want to Be Book Review

Becoming God's best version of you
July 22, 2015   David Bowman

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 4: Intercessors and the Bible)

Importance of intercessors Even if churches use the most popular and helpful turnaround methods, their efforts may not all be blessed by the Lord. We seldom realize when our apparent successes might be the result of following idols or having “walked according to the flesh.” (II Corinthians 10:2) Thus we ...
July 20, 2015   Jim Farrer

5 Reasons Millennials don't want to pastor established churches

Not all Millennials are averse to serving as pastors or leadership roles in established churches. However, many of them are. Our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. This situation will likely soon be a crisis, which is why pastors and ...
July 16, 2015   Thom Rainer

Jump-starting an external focus in your church

How does a church grow in loving and serving the people outside of its walls? Hear from three different churches on what God used to help them ignite a passion to be more externally focused and more relevant in their communities. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 07, 2015  
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