A pastor's adventure of suffering in Haiti

Jon Weece relates how an invitation to preach at a small mountain church in Haiti reconnected him to Jesus and God's perspective on suffering. (Courtesy of NACC.)
November 21, 2014  

The biggest obstacle to church growth

Dann Spader and Don Matthews discuss common multiplication issues inherent in church clusters and networks. "The biggest problem is in leadership," says Don. "It wasn't that the pastor didn't love the church, didn't have a heart for God, or didn't have the abilities to pastor the church, but one thing ...
November 21, 2014  

Aubrey Malphurs explains sensing vs. intuition personalities in Myers-Briggs

Sensing personalities deal with what's in front of them; intuitives deal with what could be there. Facts vs. possibilities. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
November 17, 2014  

A pastor puts lessons from 'church turnaround bootcamp' to work

Rev. Esther Cottrell of Ohio Ministries Church of God describes how one pastor in her judicatory went through a week-long training, took the leadership concepts back to his struggling church, and saw quick increases in baptisms and attendance. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
November 17, 2014  

'Sometimes churches just need to die'

"I know that's a controversial statement," says Stephen Gray at Turnaround 20/20. "We don't like to think in those terms. But between 30,000 and 40,000 churches over the last decade have closed their doors for good."
July 22, 2014  

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My heart needed work before the church could turn around

"I had to altar my ego - put it up on the altar as a living sacrifice," says Pastor Steve Cartin. "But as I began to change, folks began to notice and ask some questions." Thus began the turnaround process for the entire church. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20.)
November 10, 2014  

The discomfort of multiethnicity

"All churches should cultivate a border crossing discipline," says Elizabeth Drury. In this session from Turnaround 20/20, Elizabeth takes a humorous approach to that universal discomfort when cultures open their boundaries to each other.
November 10, 2014  

An inspiring view of our entry into heaven

"At first we may burn with the brilliant newness of being glorified, but then in the next instant we will feel at peace and we will be at home as though it were always this way, as though we were born for such a place." (Joni Eareckson Tada at NACC.)
November 03, 2014  

Identifying extroverts and introverts

Extroverts act first and then think; introverts think first and then act. Extroverts are talkers; introverts are writers. Aubrey Malphurs explains more of the advantages and disadvantages of each in this church consultant training clip. (From the Society for Church Consulting)
November 03, 2014  

A little hip hop to pick you up

This glorifying, sanctifying capture of rap-ture is brought to you by the Turnaround 20/20 conference.
October 31, 2014  

How to react to the suffering in our churches

"As pastors, we don't explain to them the why behind their suffering, lest we minimize it," says Jon Weece. (From a session at the North American Christian Convention in 2013.)
October 31, 2014  

Ed Stetzer: What is the purpose of a small group?

"All three of these things should be the function of a small group, but most groups will have one that stands out as a more significant factor and they have to be reminded of the other two." (From ChurchCentral.com's Turnaround 20/20 conference in 2013.)
October 24, 2014  

Fascinating story of a successful Asian American church merger

Quest Church in Seattle went from 40 members to 600 after a merger in which an older pastor humbled himself under the leadership of a dynamic younger pastor. (DJ Chuang at the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference in 2013.)
October 24, 2014  

My story: Becoming a campus pastor, acting like a consultant

When Greg Atkinson started as pastor of a campus launched by a 167 year-old church, he drew on his consulting background and went into observation/assessment mode. Here's what he found, and what he did. (From Turnaround 20/20.)
October 17, 2014  

What God does before he uses us to inspire others

Pastor Frank Smith, Jr. explains the process of preparation before we witness to the world.
October 17, 2014  

Feeling worn or discouraged? Read Revelation

Matt Proctor explains the real audience and the real purpose of the book of Revelation (and it's not to reveal dates on a calendar). (Courtesy of NACC.)
October 13, 2014  

The DISC personalities that work best together

Whether you're counseling a couple or assessing a team, understanding how the four DISC personalities interact will prevent headaches. D = dominant, I = influencer, S = steady, C = compliant (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
October 13, 2014  

How the new pastor fared at a church founded in 1812

Pastor Steve Cartin tells of arriving at a 212 year-old church. What he found in his "new" ministry was funny, frustrating and frightening. The perfect opportunity soon turned into the perfect storm. (From a panel at Turnaround 20/20.)
October 05, 2014  

Coaching pastors is all about base hits, not home runs

Esther Cottrell of Ohio Ministries Church of God explains how her group coaches pastors to reach for the next base - not for the sky. "Coaching is all about base hits," says Esther. "We need a variety of methods. No one way fits." (From Turnaround 20/20.)
October 05, 2014  

Leaders that are no longer intimidated

At the North American Christian Convention, Pastor Frank Smith, Jr. riles up the audience with an encouraging message about our position in Christ and our power over the devil.
September 30, 2014  

Fighting fear as a pastor

If you've lost your job, are in a difficult ministry, face a major life decision, or have a financial or health crisis, fear is very real. Pastor Matt Proctor offers encouragement from Jesus' words in Revelation 1. (From NACC)
September 30, 2014  

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