The All Too Important Difference Between a Guest Speaker and a Pastor

Like many pastors, I was told that I needed to preach memorable sermons. At least that was the emphasis in every preaching course I took and every communications book I’ve ever read. But the longer I’ve been in local church ministry, the more I think…

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Why Most of our Governance Model’s No Longer Work in a Larger Church

I often say that we’re all a lot like fish in water. If you ask a fish, “How’s the water?” it will say, “What water?” because it’s all the fish has ever known. The same holds true for many of us. We (pastors, lay leaders,…

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Stop Measuring the Wrong Things!

The fact is most of our old metrics don’t work anymore. COVID-19 made a mess of everything. That doesn’t mean that metrics are useless. It just means we have to stop measuring the wrong things and start measuring the right things. Metrics will always be…

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Don’t Reopen Until You’ve Thought Through These Three Things

In a season of massive public restrictions and closed buildings, here’s why I’m telling my coaching clients to slow down and think through three things no one is talking about before reopening their church doors. The three things are: Quality Children Singing Though we theologically…

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Plumb Lines: An Introduction

Today I want to talk to you about something I like to call plumb lines in ministry. Perhaps you’ve built a fence or laid some masonry, and if you did, you probably had a plumb line that helped you keep everything into alignment. Well ministry…

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A New Way to Get My Discipleship and Leadership Content

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about both discipleship and leadership. To provide easier access to my content and training, we’ve launched a new YouTube channel.   We’ve already uploaded a series of short videos on Raising Kids, Leading for the Long Haul, and more.…

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