Eight implications of aging boomer pastors and church staff


On January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers turned 65. On that day, 10,000 boomers reached that milestone.


Four principles to guide a wealthy Christian

Rose Greenhow, a Confederate spy during the Civil War, tried to evade capture and the loss of her fortune by sewing her gold into the seams of her dress. However, when the ship she boarded sank, the weight of the gold made it impossible for the life-preserver to support her. ...
December 16, 2014   Bob Russell

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

5 ways to help people remember what you say

Any leader knows that it is disheartening to prepare a good talk only to realize that nobody can remember what you said the following week. There are speakers who know how to get retention in their audiences, and our goal is to be one of those people!
December 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Eleven of the most common mistakes churches make

On my travels this year I visited a pastor in Arkansas who reads my blogs faithfully. He expressed gratitude for all the free content, but followed up with a kind plea: could I write some posts that summarize some of the issues I have covered in multiple articles? When I ...
December 04, 2014   Thom Rainer

When holidays aren't happy

Recently I spoke to a group of several hundred people who openly admitted they dread the holidays. The period between Thanksgiving and Christmas isn’t the favorite for a lot of people. I’ve read there is more alcohol consumption, more domestic fights, more arrests, more suicides and more people battling depression during ...
December 02, 2014   Bob Russell

10 drills for better upfront leadership

Most frequent question? How do I get better at being “on stage” in my leadership? Answer? Practice, practice, practice! Here are some drills to help—if not cure—this common angst!
November 21, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Taking risks to advance the gospel

Speaking out today about one’s faith in a politically-correct age can be dangerous. Yet church leaders who are hesitant can draw inspiration from biblical leaders like the Apostle Paul. He knew that danger awaited him in Jerusalem. At Miletus he said good-bye to the Ephesian elders and told them that ...
November 20, 2014   Bob Russell

What is the church member's role regarding pulpit content?

As church members in our Western consumer-driven culture, we can become convinced that we should influence the messaging coming from our pulpits. I don't believe that is my role.
November 17, 2014   Kent Evans

4 cardinal rules of good upfront communication

Talking in front of people is still the number one fear for people according to Psychology Today and it routinely shows up in surveys as being even more frightening than death! What's up with that?
November 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

I love the church

I wrote a magazine story several months ago about why I love the church. While space doesn’t permit me to reproduce the full text here, I think it is worth offering a condensed version to remind every church leader of the need to project love and admiration for Christ’s bride ...
November 04, 2014   Bob Russell

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