Church Leadership

Church Leadership
6 Reasons a Leader Never Says "At Least Someone Is Doing Something!"
It doesn’t matter how much activity you’re generating if you’re not solving the problem.

Life is filled with problems.

Some big, some small. Some emergencies, some petty.

When a big problem presents itself, we want somebody to do something about it. Problem-solving is one of the prime roles of a leader, after all.

So, whether it’s in our families, our churches ...

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Church Leadership
Quit Telling Pastors We Have to Stop Pastoring to Have a Successful Church
Great churches don't need spiritual enablers or high-achieving CEOs. They need equipping pastors.

I’m a pastor.

It’s becoming harder to say that lately.

Sure, there are the usual pressures.

  • Dealing with congregation members and their expectations
  • Trying to stay ahead of the change curve
  • Combatting theological and moral compromise
  • Managing a mostly volunteer staff
  • Figuring out how to pay for it all on a small, sometimes shrinking budget
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Church Leadership
Pastor, Be Careful the Snapshots You Bring Home from Church
When things are going badly at the church, it can be hard on the pastor. But it’s often harder on our spouse.

Recently, I was in a roomful of pastors when one of them said “Pastoral ministry can be harder on our spouses than on us.”

Every head in the room nodded in silent agreement.

Then someone asked “why”?

Here are some of the reasons we discovered that evening. ...

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Church Leadership
Please Stop Saying ‘It’s Just the Way I Am’ to Excuse Mediocrity In Ministry
If anything hinders our ability to do what God has called us to do, we don’t have the option to let it slide.

People use a lot of excuses for not putting their best foot forward in pastoral ministry.

  • “I love preaching, but I hate studying”
  • “Teamwork isn't my strong suit – I’m an introvert”
  • “I get impatient when things don't change fast enough”
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Church Leadership
8 Characteristics of a Great Podcast (Plus Some Church Leadership Podcasts I Like)
If you're a podcaster, here's one listener's blunt assessment of what works and what doesn’t. This is the stuff your friends won't tell you.

I’m not a podcaster. But I’m becoming an avid listener.

If you’re a podcaster looking for an audience, I’m the kind of person you’re looking for. Someone who wants great content and will come back for more once I find it.

So what makes a great podcast ...

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Church Leadership
8 Reasons I’ve Started Listening to Church Leadership Podcasts Lately
Listening will never replace reading. But podcasts have become a significant and valuable part of my church leadership learning experience.

Leaders are learners. It’s an axiom as old as leadership itself.

I used to say leaders are readers. But that’s never been entirely true. Because you don’t need to be an avid reader to be a constant learner.

Some learn by collaboration and conversation. Some by ...

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Church Leadership
Your Struggling Church Can Turn Around Today – But Greatness Takes Time
If you’re pastoring a church that has or is turning around, here's some great news - and possibly your greatest challenge.
Your Struggling Church Can Turn Around Today – But Greatness Takes Time

Your struggling church can turn around this year.

This month.

This weekend.

Because turnarounds can happen in an instant.

If you’re in a church that needs a turnaround, that’s the good news.

Now here’s some hard news. Good, but hard.

Turnarounds can happen fast. ...

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Church Leadership
3 Simple Words That Can Help Your Sermons Stick
A simple practice every pastor can do on Monday that can help last weekend's message have the impact you want.

Impact.

It’s what every pastor wants from our Sunday sermons (or talks, messages, homilies – take your pick).

We want to have impact. We want the message to stick. We want the words we speak to help people follow Jesus more closely.

Sermons aren’t just about Sunday. ...

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Church Leadership
Why I Don’t Trust New Year’s Resolutions or 10-Year Plans
Innovation has more room to breathe when we’re operating within God’s seasons instead of on our schedules.
Why I Don’t Trust New Year’s Resolutions or 10-Year Plans
Image: Bill Ward

God doesn’t work on our calendar.

He created days, weeks, months, seasons and years. Those are real things.

People designed minutes, hours, decades and New Year’s Day on January 1. Those are made up things.

That’s why I don’t trust New Year’s resolutions ...

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Church Leadership
5 Problems With Top-Down Vision-Casting – And a New Testament Alternative
Acts 2 does not give us a picture of Peter hearing from God in private, then coming to the disciples with the vision.

Have we been doing vision-casting wrong?

I think so. For maybe a generation or more.

Some of my worst disasters in ministry have come from trying to implement a vision, only to find out that no one else was buying into it.

They might have even agreed that it was a good idea. For ...

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