New Music Is Not Worth Fighting For – So What Is?
Change may be necessary. But we need to get there by fighting the important battles, not the trivial ones.
Are you a pastor trying to make needed changes in the church, but meeting a lot of resistance every time you introduce something new, like a worship song, curriculum or order of
No, A Church’s Budget Is Not Always A Reflection Of Their Priorities
Compassion, worship, discipleship and evangelism don’t need to be in the budget to be a priority. They just need to happen.
Compassion, worship, discipleship and evangelism don't need to be in the budget to be a priority. They just need to happen. Innovative MinistrySeptember
When Church Gets Sidelined by Youth Sports
Pastors need a game plan for discipling over-committed families.
Like many pastors, I have been saddened to see families disappear from Lord's Day worship services during their children's sports seasons. 1. Provide worship on alternative days.
In Defense of the Children’s Sermon
How we’ve made those five minutes of our service some of the most influential—for kids and adults.
I had an idea of what they must be like: a pastor taking precious minutes of a worship service, using a forced, talking-to-children voice to give a watered-down moral for the children.
What to Know About a New Donation Scam
Why churches should be careful about refund requests.
There are variations on the specific approach (for example, someone puts a check in the offering plate in a worship service, waits until they know the church would have deposited it
When Expenses Are Higher than Your Budget
Does your policy have the answer on what to do?
of ministry operations. Line items will exist for worship activities, educational activities, children and youth ministries, missions, and so on. Suppose a
Hey, Fletch: Why Does Our Church Need an Executive Pastor?
Tips for convincing leadership that the executive pastor role is a necessary one.
Due to ever-increasing “complexity,” in 2018, we are now seeing the executive pastor role in two-thirds of churches that have 500-1,000 people in weekly worship attendance.
Hey, Fletch: Are We Tax Exempt?
What does the IRS say about tax-exempt status for churches?
Submit your questions using the subject line "Hey, Fletch" to firstname.lastname@example.org. I just began as the pastor of a rural Midwestern church with 150 in worship.
Is Your Church Resisting Necessary Change? Try This Helpful Strategy
Wise and loving pastors don’t attack people’s affection for the past, they ease their fears about the future.
The church exists to worship the God who never changes, as seen in a book whose newest pages are 2,000 years old. A sense of familiarity in worship is not a bad thing.
How to Ask a Man to Mentor You
In light of #MeToo, some men are more reluctant than ever to mentor a woman.
relationship with. For instance, if you are on the worship team, you might approach the worship pastor for mentoring on a specific aspect of worship leading. Or
Getting Past the Lie of Rejection
Five steps you can take to get back on track.
Sitting comfortably on a back row of a worship center, unnoticed and safe in my own self-pity, seemed a more enticing option than working through my pain.
Mean Girls in the Church
How to become women who embolden rather than undermine
as adolescents can be mean girls, grown-ups can turn into mean women who subtly—or not so subtly—undermine, judge, and criticize the choices of other women they worship next to