5 Vital Principles About Vision

Vision

A vision is beyond just a good idea. It must be a God idea. God does not obligate Himself to our good ideas or brainstorming sessions. God commits Himself to us when we connect with His heart and vision for the world. There are five principles about vision I want to share with you today. 1. […]


How to Handle Growing Pains In Your Church

Change

There is no growth without change. And there is no change without loss. And there is no loss without pain. A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth […]


Building A Thriving, Productive Culture in Your Church

Thrive

You’ve heard it said that culture starts at the top and works it’s way down. I couldn’t agree more. And yet, after years of working with and around pastors, listening to their greatest concerns, I know it’s easy to get stuck feeling disappointed about culture, without really understanding what you can do to change it. […]


3 Ways to Get Your Church Unstuck

Brian Moss North Coast

On a recent trip to visit North Coast Church in southern California to check out their multi-venue model, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Mavity, who heads up their training.  Chris is a wealth of wisdom for church leaders.  Our conversation quickly drifted from venues to church health. Our church has experienced some setbacks […]


You Can Have Growth, Or You Can Have Control

Grace Hills Movie Theater

If Proverbs could have a 32nd chapter of nuggets of wisdom, David Chrzan would write it. In the five years or so that I’ve known and worked with David, he’s repetitively dropped advice that has shaped my own philosophy of leadership. For example, in a recent conversation David said, “You can have growth or you can have […]


5 Strong Steps of a Breakthrough Leader

Steps

“You can’t do that!” Ever heard those words?  I am sure Josiah did when the whole topic of idols in the land came up.  What made him think he could rid the land of idols when so many Kings, even good ones like Hezekiah and Asa, could not do it.    But in the tradition and […]


3 Phases of a Paul and Timothy Relationship

Baton

Every leader needs mentors and models – typically other leaders just ahead of where we are in our growth and our journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling those just behind us. This is the only way for discipleship to take on the multi-generational nature described by Paul in 2 Timothy […]


How Many Words Does It Take to Describe a Pastor?

Leadership Dictionary

What is a pastor? Three words in the New Testament are used interchangeable to describe this office in the church: Pastor, Elder, and Bishop. Is it strange that the Bible uses multiple words to describe this office? Not any more than for Americans to describe our leader as, “President,” “Commander in Chief,” and “Leader of the Free World.” […]


I’m A Pastor. So, Who Are My Real Friends?

Friend

One of the most difficult parts of being a pastor, or working in church ministry, isn’t talked about much—and that is the difficulty of making close friends. One of the unique things about being in full-time church ministry is that your work life, your social life and your spiritual life overlap almost completely. In some […]


Pastor, When Relationships Go Wrong, Remember…

Battle

Just days ago, a pastor wrote to me about how one of his staff members had split their church and took some members in order to start another church. The pastor was concerned, hurt, and requested prayer. I told him the very thing I am saying here today. Pastors, we must remember who the battle […]


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