Choosing Peace

Choosing Peace That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring greatContinue reading “Choosing Peace”

Seven Things EVERY Church Needs EVERY December

Regardless of your context or size, your church is going to need these things in December! 1. Encouragement At Christ Church, Christmas involves about 10 times the time, energy and effort of Easter. There are lots of extra services, staff is pushed hard and everyone is under time pressure. A little encouragement goes a longContinue reading “Seven Things EVERY Church Needs EVERY December”

The Essence of Church Leadership

The Essence of Church Leadership Know Where You Are Realism Know Where You Are Going Vision Have a Plan Strategy Move the People Motivation STEP ONE: WHERE WE ARE           Where We Are: The real disasters I see in leadership occur when leaders do not have a realistic sense of where the congregation truly stands concerningContinue reading “The Essence of Church Leadership”

A Place to Stand: Healthy Boundaries between Pastors and Congregations

  Most pastors I know have clear calls to ministry, work long hours, carry battle scars, sometimes get discouraged and struggle to balance vocation and family. They really do have servant’s hearts but they are human and there are a few considerate things the people in the pews can do to support their pastors. IfContinue reading “A Place to Stand: Healthy Boundaries between Pastors and Congregations”

What I See Coming for the American Church

We all know that our world not only has changed and is changing but we are beginning to realize that our world is change. You see, change is no longer the obstacle around which the fish swims, it is the water itself. Many years ago, a wise mentor named Dr. Roderick McLean taught me toContinue reading “What I See Coming for the American Church”

Characteristics of an Ineffective Church

Characteristics of an Ineffective Church 1. A lack of clarity about the mission 2. New Christians are not being made 3. People are not being baptized 4. Evangelism is non-existent 5. Preaching has digressed into self-helps 6. The Bible is not being taught or studied 7. There is no numerical growth 8. There is noContinue reading “Characteristics of an Ineffective Church”

7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry

Are you discouraged in your service to the Lord? It happens to all of us. As much as we would like life to move “up and the right,” we will all endure seasons of feeling inadequate, dejected and downright pessimistic. Sometimes we just want to become 10 years old again and “take our ball andContinue reading “7 Thoughts for those Discouraged in Ministry”

I am Joining WCA (but I am not in a bad mood about it)

For years now, I have been standing in the middle ground of the United Methodist Church.  Right-middle to be sure but middle none-the-less.  My plan was to batton down the proverbial hatches, keep Fairview Heights Christ Church growing (we have grown for twenty consecutive years) and hope the denominational storm would pass.  When asked aboutContinue reading “I am Joining WCA (but I am not in a bad mood about it)”

My Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t)

My Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t) If you are a leader you are going to be criticized.  Period.  And if you are a significant leader you are going to be severely criticized.  It honestly doesn’t matter if you are a good leader or not.  That is just how it is.  People criticize leaders.  AlwaysContinue reading “My Advice for Responding to Criticism (Don’t)”

Vision 2020: What I See Coming

Vision 2020: What I See Coming We all know that our world not only has changed and is changing but we are beginning to realize that our world is change.  You see, change is no longer the obstacle around which the fish swims, it is the water itself.  Many years ago, a wise mentor namedContinue reading “Vision 2020: What I See Coming”