EXPECTATIONS VS INSPECTIONS – YOUR TEAM WILL RESPOND TO WHAT YOU INSPECT!

The ministry whirlwind is a reality. Priorities can shift in a matter of moments when serving people in church ministry. The seasons can fly by and it’s not uncommon for the mission to become swamped or at very least, fuzzy. There are lots of good people serving faithfully each day but may not see the … Read more

Five Important Things That Never Go Out of Style In Ministry

Suits for many modern preachers have become obsolete. Overhead projectors were once used by churches, Short choruses from the 1980’s are almost non-existent and many people don’t know the definition of a hymnal. Colors have changed in church buildings. Weddings are often held outside the church. Styles will always come and go. However, some things … Read more

EMBRACE LAUGHTER – IT’S A POWERFUL AND FREE TOOL

Ministries, families, churches, and businesses have been ruined by the close examination of their leaders’ inner lives. As Kevin Harney writes in his book, Leadership From The Inside Out, you need someone who can check your back. It’s like having skin troubles. Those who are prone to them wear sunscreen, hats and long sleeves; and … Read more

SEVEN WAYS EFFECTIVE PASTORS CAN MOTIVATE THEIR CHURCH

Motivation is central to the work of the church. Christians are motivated out of love (1 Cor 16:14), out of thankfulness (Eph. 5:20), out of calling (Matthew 28:19) and from future promises (Heb. 11:24-26). We’re thankful for God’s rich mercy (Eph. 2:4) and that is enough to motivate us to serve Jesus faithfully. I’m thankful … Read more

“HOLDING THE ROCK” – BALANCING CHURCH WORK AND HOME LIFE IS IMPORTANT

This past week and weekend were hectic. Long day, lots of details. Forty-eight invigorating hours of ministry work between Thursday evening and Sunday evening. I was mentally distracted at home. For part of that time, my wife and kids were with me.  In another part, they were off doing other activities while I was busy. … Read more

Five Great Things To Learn From Healthy Churches

A healthy church is a worthy goal. It’s not that healthy church leaders don’t disagree or engage each other.  It doesn’t mean there won’t be growing pains, transitions, and setbacks. But all healthy organisms grow. As churches grow and grow numerically, it’s important for pastors and leaders to strive for health as a congregation. Systems … Read more