The new research on church staff salaries and budgets is amazing.
We have created cultures of activity in many of our churches instead of cultures of transformational discipleship. There are so many important facets of church life to emphasize. Where should we put our greatest emphases?
I served as pastor of four churches, and three of them were in the Bible Belt. One was not. It was my favorite.
Is there any hope for our church? Are we doomed to close the doors of this church after over a century in this community? Those questions were two among many I received recently.
To be clear, conflict exists in all relationships. And when I use the phrase "church staff," I am referring to all who serve in vocational ministry at a local church, including the pastor.
What then are the primary reasons fewer people are singing in church? Why has that act of worship before God become nominal in so many contexts? Here are six reasons:
Have you ever had a cringe moment listening to church announcements?
Wouldn't you love it if everyone who connected with your church showed up every week?
Today, hardly a week goes by where pastors do not share a story with me about their failure at mind reading. Here are seven common examples.
You don't have to wait until a church closes its doors to hear some of the sentences that led to its death. Indeed, these three sentences, or something similar to the words, are pervasive in too many churches.
I've had enough. I've heard the lies too many times. It's time for them to end.
It's one of the biggest lies in churches.
It can be the toughest day of the week for pastors.
With some exceptions, it is indeed more difficult to lead churches to growth. Such is a reality that is about 15 years in the making.
I really don't like to share my experience with apologies, because it is evidence of my bad leadership. But leaders need to learn to apologize. Real apologies. Sincere apologies.
Eighteen months ago, I reported on a Twitter poll that asked why churches aren't evangelistic. Since that time, I have followed up by asking the same question of church leaders in both evangelistic and non-evangelistic churches.
I read the sad story recently of a church that fired its pastor because "he didn't visit the members enough." Granted, I don't know all the details about the situation, but I am not optimistic about the church's future.
Let's look at eight key trends in virtual workers in the church. We provide one key service provider for each category.
Would you like to do the worst possible job of getting people involved in ministry in your church?
Your church will lose four categories of church members; and you can do absolutely nothing to stop it.
Too many churches are dying. And the rate of dying churches is accelerating.
Who gets to see all the salaries in a church?
Many church members are encouragers to their pastors. Pastors often lose perspective when a few critical church members become a persistent pain and challenge.
What do you hear from your church members that gives you the greatest encouragement?
I receive volumes of blog comments, emails, and social media communications every day. On occasion, one of those comments will stop me in my tracks, like this recent blog post comment.