For the past two years, I have been monitoring the comments and challenges mentioned by church leaders. I am attempting to answer the question: What is hindering many of our churches from achieving health and vitality?
Most church members have no idea their pastor is depressed.
Why are the giving levels in your church down? See if any of these causative factors may be at work in your congregation.
Designated funds given to the church by a single or a few members with guidelines not approved by the church can be dangerous in end.
Why is the children's minister position is such demand?
We leaders often enjoy the affirmation and adulation of others as we express our ideas, provide direction and set future courses. And we sometimes enjoy it so much that we only want people to agree with us and affirm us, even if we are wrong. It's called echo chamber leadership.
The enemy will do whatever he can to destroy the ministry of your pastors.
Too many congregations are wasting precious time, money, and energy doing too much. In fact, the churches are so complex that they have ceased to do ministry effectively.
A tipping point is the critical juncture in evolving developments that leads to a new and, often, irreversible state. We call that new state "the new normal."
We have many incredible leaders in our churches today. But, perhaps more often than we admit, some church leaders stop leading.
Unfortunately, I've seen it again and again. Church leaders and members sacrifice the health and good of the church for fear of hurting one or a few persons. The body is sacrificed for the sake of a few members. We think we are being nice, but we are hurting the church.
I hate the title of this article. I hate that I even feel compelled to write about the topic. But many of you contacted me after the tragic murders at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Pastors visit church members and others in the hospital. It is what pastors do. And most patients appreciate the ministry and efforts of these pastors. But that does not mean the pastors' visits are uneventful.
This topic was hotter than I expected. I asked pastors and other church staff about the amount of time taken for vacations each year. Most of the responses came from pastors, and many of those pastors were pretty intense about it.
Dead bodies and donuts. Those are two of the themes of church business meetings.
It's simple and straightforward. Leaders of declining churches have five choices. But putting them to practice is not so easy.
Many people have this naïve view that a pastor just has to preach and love people. Not so.
Many pastors and church leaders are miserable because of fewer than five percent of the church members.
In some ways, I don't like the official designation of October to be pastor appreciation month. I really wish we showed appreciation to pastors all the time.
For some reason, some church leaders just don't think they will get caught. Or they think the baby steps won't lead to major steps toward a total fall. Please read these four acts of stupidity carefully and prayerfully.
"Is this valley I am going through normal for pastors?" The question came to me directly from a pastor who was relatively new to his church. He was surprised how abruptly discouragement hit him.
Words have meaning. And if church members start articulating words consistently, those words begin to reflect the priorities and passions of the church.
Is your church too busy? Are many of your members overcommitted? If so, don't even think about adding a ministry, event, activity, or program without taking at least one away.
Many churches have become too busy for their own good. They have so many activities, programs, events, and services that they are wearing out their congregations.
The pastor's wife in many churches carries heavy burdens. Sometimes they are impossible expectations. Here are the top ten expectations imposed upon these ladies.