Ministry Tips

Whatever you think of Pope Francis…

Whatever you think of the Pope, he knows the power of pulpit, symbol, & compassion. He walks in the way of faith, hope, & love. Today it was reported that Pope Francis met with 2o women who were rescued from the sex trafficking trade. He again showed spiritual leadership. It led me to post this

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Evangelism

Sharing Faith in Post-Christian America, Part 3

“The Church is the only organization that does not exist for itself, but for those who live outside of it.” – William Temple (Church of England, https://bit.ly/29Wpx6K) Let’s be honest. It is hard to swallow that your church doesn’t exist for you. Pastors feel pressured for their church to grow. Members want a place of spiritual vitality

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Sharing Faith in Post-Christian America, Part 2

In my last post, I referenced individuals from across Christian theological perspectives that have affirmed a fundamental shift in evangelism in a “post-Christendom” world. We have now been hearing this message for two decades.  But we have been slow to adapt. The message? This ain’t your grandma’s world, and what reached her for Jesus won’t

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ShareTheLove Evangelism

Sharing Faith in Post-Christian America, Part 2

In my last post, I referenced individuals from across Christian theological perspectives that have affirmed a fundamental shift in evangelism in a “post-Christendom” world. We have now been hearing this message for two decades.  But we have been slow to adapt. The message? This ain’t your grandma’s world, and what reached her for Jesus won’t

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JourneyOfFaith

Sharing Faith in Post-Christian America, Part 1

I will never forget my experience with “Marcus.” We were of different backgrounds, different races. I was surprised he even started to come to the church that I pastored. Wanting to welcome such diversity, we invited him and his wife to our small group. I was surprised when they came. Near the end of a

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The-Rules

The second rule of turnaround leadership

What if turnaround leadership was a matter of following a few simple rules about how pastors behave, and that these behaviors are as important as – if not more so – than what pastors do? In our upcoming book Pastor Unique: Becoming a Turnaround Leader we reveal groundbreaking research demonstrating that turnaround pastors behave differently

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church-metrics

Church metrics – measure the things that count

Metrics can be tricky Elsewhere I’ve written about the trouble pastors of plateaued or declining churches can get into if they use the traditional metrics. In this post I want to emphasize the importance of those metrics when they’re used in the right church context. Picture this scene – one all to common in the life

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