Thinking and acting strategically

If you ask a second chair leader what he or she “does,” you may hear a long list of tasks. But what if you ask about their greatest contribution to the organization?


9 traits of excellent church leaders

When teaching church leadership, there are specific qualities in leaders which should exist or be formulated.

Accepting imperfections will improve your writing

For me to proclaim, “You’re not perfect!” might sound a bit jarring or insulting. But it’s true. And, once you accept that, it will set you free.

You are under surveillance

Almost everywhere we go these days we are being videotaped. However, there is a sobering spiritual truth that most people ignore.

3 steps to motivate people to action

Excellent communication is a highly desired talent in the American church. Most pastors seek to be great communicators yet unfortunately, many pulpits are void of compelling and effective communication.

How to create intentional opportunities for friendships

Discover how friendship is a key to creating community in your church.


The bottom line of disciple-making is where and how, not if

There are more important things than warming more seats in the pews. The something more is discipleship.

The story of a trained Iranian church planter

Behrouz was trained through Elam Ministries’ three-month leadership and church planting course, in a country near Iran, during 2016.

Exploring the newness people crave

People usually sense a need for change immediately prior to the point of spiritual transformation. If God intends spiritual reconnection to be a reaction to crises, then how do we help people in the midst of crisis?

Book review: Growing Young

Growing Young is an outgrowth of the Fuller Youth Institute and their work on "sticky faith."

When is a pastor like Nanny McPhee?

Here are three analogies I use to help people understand the new varieties of transitional (or interim) pastoral ministry.

One Roman nail

A Roman nail sits on my desk. It is accurately dated no later than 86 A.D.

Easter: More than a story

While Easter is never less than the themes of this powerful story, it has to be more.

Key tips on leading a strategy team

How do we get from the church assessment to the implementation of a new church culture?


How to make it through Sunday

It’s easy to wear yourself out in the run-up to Easter. What does it take to get through it?

Simple ways to care for your neighbors this Easter

As you pray and think about how to show God’s love in practical ways this Easter, you’ll find that God often gives you creative ways to communicate with people about how they can follow Jesus.

Persecution of Iranian Christians worsened in 2016

Iranian Christians report that the persecution that they endure worsened in 2016.

Are you present with your community?

What would it look like to shift from a virtual focus to a face-to-face model in both your life and ministry?

Why I don't have a problem with segregated worship services, if reconciliation takes place at 11:30

It has been said that “10:30 on Sunday morning is the most segregated time of the week.” I don’t have a problem with that if 11:30 is the most integrated time.

Stop looking for suspects; look for prospects

Who are those in your potential congregation? Where do you find them?


10 ways pastors can be bad bosses

Over the course of three decades, I have seen some pastors thrive and others fail. And I have seen two common reasons for pastors failing.

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