Lead with Love

Paul the Apostle led with love, while in prison, awaiting his execution, he wanted others to experience the freedom and peace that comes from knowing God. “And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become as I am except for those chains.” ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬ My friend, Dave Bassard died a few years ago…

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Church: An Aircraft Carrier On Mission

I’ve served in three types of churches over the last forty years of ministry. Each can be described metaphorically by the different kind of ships on the sea.  One church would be characterized by a cruise-liner, where the goal is to keep the passengers happy at all costs. Provide plenty of coffee and food and entertainment and networking for business contacts and childcare and programs to enhance friendships and everyone is…

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Church Health

I love God’s church. After 38 years of ministry I am not naive about they ways that people (including me) can mess up a great thing that God established through Jesus. For some reason God chose to use flawed, sinful people to build His kingdom on this earth. He promised that nothing will prevail against his church. People have a long history of fouling up a great thing by refusing…

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The Main Thing

Following an embarrassing loss, the Green Bay Packers followed Coach Vince Lombardi into the locker room. The odds were high for the players to be taken to the shed by Coach Lombardi. After a period of silence, Lombardi’s voice interrupted the calm, “Men, in all my days of coaching and playing I have never witnessed such a poor exhibition of football. We did not tackle, run, throw or catch the way…

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Advice to New Pastors

The following outline is from a great podcast by Michael Hyatt on “Advice to New CEOs.”. It strikes me that these principles are so important for new pastors, and all pastors as well. The self image can get wrapped up in the position and status of being the point leader, so that it makes it very difficult to pass the baton of leadership to another pastor, or to serve on…

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Ten Questions for Formulating a Discipleship Process

Developing a clear pathway for discipleship in the church is one of the most strategic projects for helping people grow to maturity in Christ. I am currently meeting with a group of staff members, evaluating how we develop fully devoted followers of Christ, how we develop the kinds of spiritual leaders who will effective shepherd and care for the flock. Chuck Gaines addressed the issue of discipleship process. He presented…

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Five Church Friction Points

Many churches, large and small, say that they want to be inclusive and practice “hospitality,” which is defined as “love of strangers,” but something gets in the way, and 85 to 90% of churches have plateaued or are in decline. What are the friction points that cause a church to lose momentum, become complacent and lose their passion for reaching out to the unchurched and the de-churched? While Jesus made it clear…

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Eight traits of outstanding church staff members.

Teamwork makes the dreamwork? There is an African proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Intrinsically we believe that “we is better than me.” I like to say that teamwork is not a virtue. It is a choice—and a strategic one. That means leaders who choose to operate as a real team willingly accept the work and the…

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Brian Williams and the Way We Communicate in Our Churches

In the following blog, Rich Birch from the very helpful “Un-Seminary” podcast, highlights lessons we can all learn from the fall of Brian Williams. Stan   Brian Williams seems like a good guy. He’s been married for almost 30 years … consistently reported news to the American public for NBC News for almost as long … gosh, the guy even won “Father of the Year”! [ref] Over the last six…

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Community in Cultural Crisis

Can we all just get along? Rodney King asked that question many years ago, and we still struggle with figuring this out in our messy world. In a culture that is confused on defining marriage and preoccupied with threats of terrorism, racial unrest, and threats of anarchy, what is a Christian to do? Culture was messy in Jesus’ day too, but we don’t find him standing on a street corner condemning…

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The Drift

“Pastors fail, not because they cannot preach, they fail because they cannot lead.” Pastor William E. Yaeger Not every church expects the pastor to lead. Some see the pastor as hired help, an employee brought in to do a job at the direction and vision of the Board. Other churches expect pastors to “marry ‘em, bury ‘em, and visit ‘em in the hospital.” Some expect the pastor to be the…

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