Staying Effective as an Aging Leader

What if you don’t HAVE to get less effective as you get older? What if you just have to CHANGE?  I don’t know about you but I am not getting any younger.  After playing softball for decades, I now find it painful to bend over to pick up a bat, much less scoop up aContinue reading “Staying Effective as an Aging Leader”

Rethinking Discouragement (in Christian Leadership and Service) 2020 Edition

I hear pastors say it all the time, “Being in ministry has never been so difficult.”  I get it. I really do. This isn’t the most difficult time in the history of America to be a pastor but it is the most difficult time of the thirty-four years I have been in vocational ministry. AreContinue reading “Rethinking Discouragement (in Christian Leadership and Service) 2020 Edition”

Standing on Firm Ground (Does God Still Heal?)

When I was in high school, doing impressions of highly animated faith healers was wonderful sport.   Perhaps my favorite sport.  I remember watching television as people threw away their crutches, ripped out their hearing aids, sprung from their wheel chairs and testified of miracle cures.  When a few of the more visible but unprincipled conduitsContinue reading “Standing on Firm Ground (Does God Still Heal?)”

Things Growing Churches Understand (that dying churches do not)

There is a lot of stuff about “how to make your church grow”  flying about.  A whole lot.  Some of it is terrible.  Some of it is really good. Here are my thoughts: 15 Things Growing Churches Understand: Your mission statement is your best friend Pastors must be strategic leaders  National events affect local congregations  Continue reading “Things Growing Churches Understand (that dying churches do not)”

Supporting Leaders (And Leading Supporters)

Can’t sleep tonight.  It happens.  Not very much but it happens. Praying for Christian leaders. My heart is heavy. Leadership circa 2020 is SO difficult. Pandemic. Churches closed. Cultural upheaval. Election cycle. Throw the devil (yes, I believe in such stuff) into the mix and the task can seem overwhelming. I know some great leadersContinue reading “Supporting Leaders (And Leading Supporters)”

7 Things to Think About Before Responding to Criticism 

If you are a leader you are going to be criticized.  And if you are a significant leader you are going to be significantly criticized.  It honestly doesn’t matter if you are a good leader or not.  That is just how it is.  People criticize leaders.  Always have.  Always will.  It is a cost ofContinue reading “7 Things to Think About Before Responding to Criticism “

The Changing Face of Church Metrics

I have been thinking about church metrics of late. We are starting some new faith communities (both virtual and in real time) and trying to figure out how to quantify them. As we all know, unless you only offer only one Sunday morning worship service each week, all churches count differently and all churches haveContinue reading “The Changing Face of Church Metrics”

Does Your Church “Get” It? (10 things churches must “get” to have a future)

  We all know that most churches are in decline.  We also know that some churches are growing and some are growing exponentially.  There are clearly some things growing churches “get” that declining churches do not. Here are ten things churches need to “get” to have a future.   Get strategic A decreasing number ofContinue reading “Does Your Church “Get” It? (10 things churches must “get” to have a future)”

Record Easter Crowd? What Now?

Social Media is a great tool to keep up with what God is doing in churches far and near.  I love that!  I noticed many churches had record attendances for Easter 2019 and I rejoice with them!  Clearly God was moving. However, failure to effectively follow up major “victories” in a church (like a record Easter)Continue reading “Record Easter Crowd? What Now?”

A Baker’s Dozen (Quick Hitter) Leadership Lessons

  I was appointed to a congregation of just over 200 in 1997.  We averaged almost 2,400 in 2017.  Here is what I have learned about leadership in these twenty-one years in one place: Thirteen (Quick Hitter) Lessons in Leadership State Your Mission: We exist to connect people to Jesus Christ.  It is our language for everything.Continue reading “A Baker’s Dozen (Quick Hitter) Leadership Lessons”