Why We Lead…

I received two notes from highly committed parishioners. Both thanked me for effectively leading our church through “crisis.” My first thought was “which crisis?” Since 2016 or so, the church world has been in a perpetual state of crisis. The tornados keep touching down and the tornados already on the ground never seem to lift.Continue reading “Why We Lead…”

Turn a Great Easter into a Great Year!

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 strong attendances for Easter 2022 and I rejoice with them!   However, failure to effectively follow up major “victories” in a church (like a big Easter) is a commonContinue reading “Turn a Great Easter into a Great Year!”

Why Words Matter

“Gentle words bring life and health; deceitful words crush the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 The Bible opens in Genesis with words being spoken by God and the cosmos forming as a result. God said and there was. In the New Testament, Jesus heals, delivers and sets miracles into motion with words. When Jesus speaks, the KingdomContinue reading “Why Words Matter”

Strategic Reallocation of Resources (Post COVID)

Though COVID will “always be with us,” the pandemic seems largely over. It has been over for a while, the politicians and news outlets just needed another story to fill their news cycles. What that means for churches is where you presently are; is where you are going to be. No one else is comingContinue reading “Strategic Reallocation of Resources (Post COVID)”

Pound Cake and Sweet Tea

When we lived in Georgia during our seminary years, we resided in a planned community called a mill village. The houses had wrap around porches and people sat out front on warm summer evenings. They sat in painted metal gliders and wooden porch swings; always swaying as kids played in the sandy front yards. SomeContinue reading “Pound Cake and Sweet Tea”

Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)

It is 100% certain that you will be dealing with people who have disappointed you during this holiday season. When we are around people who have disappointed us in one way or the other, a myriad of emotions are sent into frenzy by our brain. Particularly if these people who have hurt us are peopleContinue reading “Dealing with Disappointment (at Christmas)”

Christmas is Messy

I don’t like messy things.  I like gleaming cars that look like you just drove them off the lot, straight offices featuring burled wood and immaculate homes that look they jumped out of a magazine.  I like weed-less, fresh trimmed lawns with perfectly edged sidewalks and landscaping that shows someone thought ahead.  I know thatContinue reading “Christmas is Messy”

Going “Old School!”

(The Comeback of American Sunday School)   After decades of decline, I believe Sunday School may be poised for a Post-COVID comeback.  It would be an old thing that became the latest new thing; ecclesiastical Chuck Taylor Converse All-Stars.  Mind you, this would not be a “cut and paste” of Sunday School circa 1970, butContinue reading “Going “Old School!””

Leading in Perpetual Crisis (10 Keys)

I received two notes yesterday from highly committed parishioners.  Both thanked me for effectively leading the church through “crisis.”  My first thought was “which crisis?”  Since 2016 or so, the church world has been in a perpetual state of crisis.  The tornados keep touching down and the tornados already on the ground never seem toContinue reading “Leading in Perpetual Crisis (10 Keys)”

Hell-fire and Salvation

I was saved when I was seven.  We were holding a revival at Oak Wood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas and I walked down the aisle during the invitation; somewhere between the fortieth and forty-first verse of “Just as I Am.”  At that altar I repented of my dastardly ways, prayed to receive ChristContinue reading “Hell-fire and Salvation”