6 Communication Mistakes that Limit Ministry Effectiveness

Communication Mistakes

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”  George Bernard Shaw I have a love/hate relationship with Shaw’s line.  I love the simple truth in it.  And…I hate the simple truth in it. One of the greatest inhibitors of effective ministry is poor (or less than great) communication. Here […]

Seven Reasons Every Pastor Should Have a Blog

Pastors Should Be Blogging

The title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe everypastor should have a blog? Yes I do. I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with them the benefits of such a discipline in writing. Understand that writing a blog can begin simple with little […]

4 Ways To Create Web-Ready Content for your Church

Web Content

The complaint I get most often from churches is that they aren’t sure how to improve their community’s online presence. They know they’re supposed to do it, and they’re pretty sure it involves a website and being more involved in social media, but beyond that, they aren’t really sure. But the problem goes even deeper […]

10 Questions for Better Church Communication

Questions for Communication

The church in general isn’t doing a very good job in communicating. Just ask their people if they know what is going on. Several churches in Dallas-Ft. Worth have been singled out as good at communicating: Prestonwood, Stonebriar, and Irving Bible. Irving Bible has its own department with a staff that’s responsible for communication. Spend a day (or […]

7 Facebook Tips for Pastors

Facebook Tips

Facebook is kind of a big deal. Pastors cannot afford to ignore it. You know how I know Facebook has taken over the world? My Mom uses it. Facebook started as a college thing. Then it became popular with high schoolers. But suddenly moms, dads, and grandmothers are all over Facebook. Chances are, most of the […]

Is Social Media Making Us Narcissistic?

photo: Creative Commons, Jeremy Jenum

I hear people say all the time that social media is making us more narcissistic, but I’m not sure I agree with them. I mean, I guess its possible we have actually become worse as a people group from overexposure to pictures of other people’s food. But I can’t help but wonder if maybe we […]

5 Keys to Communicating with Volunteers


Wondering why your volunteers aren’t quite doing what you need them to do?  Do they arrive late or unprepared?  The issue may not be a lack of enthusiasm or commitment – it may just be that they don’t really know what you need. Better communication just might be the key to unlocking your volunteers’ potential. […]

How to Develop a Two-Way Conversation on Social Media

Social Media Conversation

Most people know by now that social media is more than just a soapbox where we get to share all of our brilliant ideas, more than just a megaphone we get to use to project our thoughts onto the world. Social media is most effective, and most rewarding, when used as a two-way conversation. But […]

Restate Your Church Vision Every 30 Days


One of your most important roles as a pastor is as vision caster. Sharing the vision of your church can’t be a one-time event. The Bible says, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.” (Proverbs 29:18, MSG) As the leader, God has called you to help your congregation see […]

5 Things Churches Need to Know to Stay Relevant


Everyone is talking about relevance lately, and when it comes to the church, it’s a conversation we need to have. The world is changing faster than it ever has before, and without sacrificing the Truth of the Gospel, the church needs to change with it. The good news is that there are things pastors and […]

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