What “We’ve Always Done It That Way” Really Means

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UofA vs LSU

“We’ve always done it that way.” There is a certain stereotype in the minds of pastors and church leaders when they hear that phrase. The stereotype I am referring to is of an out-of-touch, die-hard, traditional, older member who can’t see the ridiculous nature of basing decisions mindlessly upon patterns of behavior in the past. […]


5 New Assumptions About Ministry in the 21st Century

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Futuristic

I asked you recently if it was time for you to take a fresh look at your assumptions.  I really do believe we are irresponsible when we just continue down a well-worn path expecting to arrive at a new destination.  And yet, that is what many of us do. Because I am more and more […]


My Top 7 Relational Practices for Dealing with Church Conflict

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Atomic Explosion

If you’ve been pastoring for more than a month, you’ve had someone go nuclear on you. You know what I mean . . . a charter member, board member or disgruntled church member drops a bomb on you that blows you up! Deserved or not, it hurts. Ready or not, it comes with destructive power […]


Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 11 Signs of Doom

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church

I was their church consultant in 2003. The church’s peak attendance was 750 in 1975. By the time I got there the attendance had fallen to an average of 83. The large sanctuary seemed to swallow the relatively small crowd on Sunday morning. The reality was that most of the members did not want me […]


Pastors, No Reserve… No Retreat… No Regret

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William Borden

Pastors, as we learn from the life of a missionary today, I do hope his life story will challenge your life, leadership, and ministry. In the early 1900’s, 16-year-old William Whiting Borden graduated from a Chicago high school. He was an heir to the Borden fortune. Before Borden began his Ivy League education at Yale […]


Great Leaders Live By Strong Convictions

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Believe

The real foundation of great leadership is character, not charisma. And one aspect of a leader’s character is the convictions to which he is deeply committed. Great leaders have strongly held beliefs. An opinion is something you’d argue about; a conviction is something you’d die for. Pastors, especially, must define the convictions for which they […]


10 Factors that Determine the Size of Your Vision

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Big World

I often see leaders with radically different size visions, despite having a lot in common. Pastors may have the the same gifting, the same budget and the same amount of people attending worship services and yet still be on entirely different vision wavelengths. Where does this come from? Why does this happen? Here are my […]


From the Heart of One Pastor, I’m Sorry I Let You Down

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Big Flock of Sheep

Pastors have an awesome calling. They’re my heroes. I serve them through the pastors.com community because I know what it’s like to be in the trenches of leading a local congregation. It’s tough. It’s blessed, it’s fulfilling, it’s an adventure… but it’s tough. Why is it so tough? There are plenty of reasons but for me, the […]


3 Questions You Should Ask Before You Leave Your Church

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Moving

The world is changing. It’s changing in many ways, but one of the things that shocks me most as I work with young pastors is the transitory nature of people, families, and jobs these days. Only a few years ago, it would not be uncommon for a person to find a job with a company […]


How to Stay In One Church for 27 Years

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27

When the Lord called me to Northwest Arkansas in October 1986, I had no idea I would be here 27 years later. I really did not come here with a “plan” about how long I would stay, but always assumed I would probably one day be called back to a church in my home state […]


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