I admit it. I used to hate New Year resolutions. They seemed so contrived and short-termed. I've probably had resolutions to lose over 2,000 pounds over the course of my life.
Most church leaders and church members are shocked and unprepared when allegations of child sex abuse arise in their churches. But it is a huge risk in all churches.
In one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on the unchurched, LifeWay Research, in partnership with the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism in Wheaton, surveyed 2,000 unchurched Americans.
It is likely the single day of the year more unchurched decide to visit a church.
If you think one of the six reasons is high salaries for each person on staff, you would be wrong.
A church cartel is an alliance of bullies, bully-followers, carnal Christians, and even non-Christians in the church. Its ultimate goal is to get its way. It feeds off of selfish power.
I am sharing these five lessons with the hopes and prayers it will help others. These are lessons I've learned the hard way because I have too often failed to adjust even when I've known I need to do so.
Have you ever had that terrible feeling after preaching a sermon? You know, the feeling where you can't wait to get home and hide under the covers?
The church member knows his or her church is in decline.
I admit I got it wrong. For many years, I listened to some church leaders say that their churches are not program-driven.
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.