Identifying the unique traits of Turnaround pastors

Fair warning: if you’re intrigued by the idea that Turnaround pastors can be identified by a few unique personality components, you’ll want to reference our previous post on this subject  If not, it’s probably best to save yourself from this House of Pain! For our study of the unique characteristics of Turnaround pastors we settled on

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What smart pastors do when there’s not enough There’s never enough, is there? Pick a commodity you need to do your job (or shall we sugar coat it as “perform your ministry”?). No matter what it is – other than God’s grace, the Word’s sufficiency or the Spirit’s power – chances are that you’d agree that there’s not enough. That’s certainly true

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Turnaround Pastors Aren’t Like Everyone Else

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.”1 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pungent observation of the rich can be said of Turnaround pastors.2 They are different from their ministry colleagues. But the differences are deeper, more fundamental than the results of their ministry. These differences don’t lie in what Turnaround pastors

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Lessons learned while recovering from my last interim

What do you do when the motivation just isn’t there? I’m wrestling with that right now. Well, maybe not wrestling. Thinking about wrestling. Sorta like this guy. As of yesterday it’s been exactly five weeks since I handed the baton to Pastor Drew Arliksas at Mountain Vista Bible Church and hit the door. Since then

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Why was it okay for Paul to worry when he tells us not to?

If it was okay for the apostle Paul to worry, where does he get off telling us we can’t? Paul suffered anxiety Paul was a worrywart at times. He felt a great obligation to bear the Gospel to the Gentile world (Romans 1:14). Even with the Holy Spirit’s enablement, his service at times felt like

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If you’re afraid of multi-site church this is the book for you

Is the multisite church movement good, bad or something in between? This question is being pressed upon pastors and small churches with increasing frequency and greater urgency than ever before. It’s hard to miss all the cheerleading in the press, on the bookshelves and at popular conferences. But there’s not much comfort for small church

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7 Qualities Jesus Seeks In His Church

It’s been five years since I’ve had a church to call home. Three interim churches, a couple of moves and now I’m adrift. It’s time to start looking for a church where I can be one of the folks. What should I look for? I think I’ll look for the things Jesus looks for and

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Avoid these 6 Bible verses to grow your church

There’s a simple way to plan your preaching and increase church attendance at the same time. It came to me while I was reading Thom Rainer’s recent article, Why Playing it Safe as a Pastor Is the Riskiest Move You’ll Make. He got me thinking about how we try to grow churches on the shifting

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10 people turnaround pastors push out the door

Turnaround pastors face a grim reality. When they introduce change that will eventually produce life and growth in the church, people will jump, many without good reason. It is painful to watch because, with a little patience and a little mentoring, these folks could probably be rescued to the cause. But there are others that

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