Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 11 Signs of Doom


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


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



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


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


Big Flock of Sheep

Pastors have an awesome calling. They’re my heroes. I serve them through the 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



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



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 […]

Books – Strange Leadership


Strange Leadership

Are you a leader in a Christian organization? Is your church, ministry, or business lacking innovation? Perhaps you’re experienced in trying new things and moving in new ways, but you haven’t ever tried anything strange. Truly innovative leaders are often considered strange. Don’t settle for everyday leadership; immerse yourself in Strange Leadership! Greg gives 40 […]

Does Your Church Need A New Brand?



Ten years ago, nobody was talking about churches and brands (or at least, nobody I knew). But that didn’t mean churches didn’t have brands, or that branding didn’t exist. It simply meant we didn’t have words to explain branding and why it mattered in the same way we do now. Now, everybody is talking about […]

When Pastors Fall: Why Full and Public Repentance Matters



Pastor scandals happen. Needless to say, I don’t say that with any enthusiasm. In fact, it is greatly discouraging to me, but it’s true nonetheless. Furthermore, this is not just a recent phenomenon, though the evangelical world has been filled with reports over the last few months. It’s just disheartening. Yet, these scandals have been […]

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