Giving is a part of being a disciple, right? If the pastor’s job is to raise up disciples, can he or she be said to be effectively doing his job if stewardship is not taught, preached or modeled? Could it be that one reason giving continues to decline year after year is that pastors are […]
Passion energizes life and turns the impossible into possible. If you don’t have any passion in your life, ministry will become boring, dull, routine, monotonous. God made you to live passionately and to serve God and God’s people with vitality, vibrancy, energy and enthusiasm. Here are some tips for reigniting passion from Pastors.com. (Photo: Andrii […]
Recently a Senior Pastor friend of mine attempting to lead his church of 180 in growth asked if I had any thoughts I could share with his governing board about crafting an effective budget for their church. I have plenty. Many churches are stuck because they look at budgeting all the wrong way. Here are some ideas. (Photo: Taxcredits.net, Creative Commons)
Preaching about money is often among a pastor’s least favorite things to do, especially in our money-soaked culture where people take their finances very personally. But good doctrine and sound practice demand that we talk about finance. From Pastors.com.
How do you know you have a bad strategy for making disciples? Just look at the results. Remember, “your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing.” This article from Pastors.com gives some good insight into how to change course. (Photo by David Joyce, used by Creative Commons license)
No church leader I know wants to see another church close its doors. We need every local church, now more than ever, if we’re going to fulfill the Great Commission as soon as possible. But each local church in history has tended to have its own life cycle. Some are revived and have a whole new life. Others disband and dissolve. And many churches limp along in mere survival mode for a couple of decades until their stalwart generation is gone and then close their doors. If you think your church might be dying, here are some possible next moves. (Photo by Tom Blackwell, used by Creative Commons license)
Wise leaders know that change in a congregation can be incredibly hard, requiring amazing amounts of time and energy. But they also know that constant change is necessary and worth the expense. Here are some principles for how to lead your congregation through healthy change. From pastor.com. (Photo by Phil Whitehouse, used by Creative Commons […]
When a ministry and its leaders are struggling, it’s often because their vision is no longer in line with the vision God has for them. Here are five principles about vision that can keep a ministry and its leader on track. From Pastors.com. (Photo by Ken Teegardin for www.SeniorLiving.org, used by Creative Commons license. )