Real Pastors Hurt… And Show It

Pain Center

As Paul concluded his second letter to Timothy, he expressed some hurt. Demas had forsaken him. Alexander the coppersmith had caused him much harm. At one point, no one was willing to stand with Paul. Rejection, criticism, and abandonment hurt! The world is watching believers to see how we’re going to handle it all. Most […]


Leadership Network: The Characteristics of Large Churches

Large Churches

The Leadership Network has just released its findings from a survey of some of America’s largest churches. They’ve spelled out some of the common strengths and characteristics of them. Some are surprising, some are not… These churches are wired. Multisite interest has grown dramatically. Growth is steady. The leader at the helm makes all the difference. Worship […]


Free Ebook: From the Gut Leadership Lessons

Leadership Ebook

I’ve collected together 21 of my favorite posts (from now almost 1,500 blog posts over seven years) about leadership and I’ve issued this free ebook. Normally, I argue that there is no such thing anymore as “ebooks.” Rather there are simply books that start with “e.” In other words, the walls between traditional and online […]


What Ted Williams Taught Me About Relationships

Ted Williams

I’m a big fan of baseball – especially the way it used to be – such as 1941, when Ted Williams finished the season with a .406 batting average. He was the last player to break the elusive .400 mark. In 60 years, nobody else has done it. Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, and a few […]


The Role of Preaching In Church Planting

Stephen Olford

There various viewpoints on the bestchurch planting model. Some launch fast and large to attract the masses. Others launch slowly and intentionally with more of a one-on-one disciple-making mentality. There are probably cautions with any approach to planting, and one of the cautions I would raise is simply don’t neglect the power of preaching, even in […]


5 Ways To Encourage Another Leader

manyhands

   Everyone needs a Paul and a Timothy (or several of each). That is, we all need to be learning from mentors and mentoring learners. There is always someone ahead of us and always someone just behind us. It is the role and responsibility of a leader to give another leader a lift. So how […]


Pastor, Don’t Raise Funds. Raise Faith.

Faith

  Fundraising is no fun. Most Pastors I know say it’s the one aspect of supporting a church’s ministry they find most difficult. Having launched into church planting, I tend to agree. The least pleasant task I have is asking for money. So let’s just stop it. We don’t have time to raise funds. But […]


8 Ways to Hook Your Congregation Into Your Message

fishhook

The biblical text should be the grand centerpiece of every sermon. But we often take what should be the centerpiece, and move it to the front of what we have to say. In most cases, reading the text should come first in importance, but not first in the order of a message. Whether you’re looking […]


How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven

seven-eleven

   Michael Cheshire had me at the title! I like to laugh, and I enjoy comedy, but there are admittedly very few books that can actually make me laugh out loud. But within the introduction to How to Knock Over a 7-Eleven, I knew I was in for a delightful read! Michael’s story is a […]


God, Help Me to Be Weird

weird

  I’ve just finished reading the weirdest book I’ve ever read – Weird by Craig Groeschel… and I’m glad I did. I don’t ever want to be normal again. As Craig puts it, “normal isn’t working.” We’ve used various terms for the kind of lifestyle Groeschel is calling us to live – sanctified, set apart, […]


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