Month: September 2019

GROW means GO!

“If you build it, they will come…” Okay, that might have been true in an Iowa cornfield with dead baseball players in need of redemption, but is it really an appropriate mantra for the living? Hardly–oh, and by the way, Field of Dreams was a fictional story. So why do many churches seem to think

Read More

Every Church Needs Healthy Deacons

Each year, thousands of men and women are elected to serve as deacons of their local congregation. Unfortunately for most, there’s no training program or orientation for this line of spiritual responsibility. Each year, at the first meeting with a new Board of Deacons, we discussed the healthy patterns that were essential for their efforts

Read More

And now for a few announcements…

Announcements are a part of nearly every church’s time of worship. After all, we have to let people know about the other stuff we’re doing, and Sunday morning seems like a great time to get their attention. Right? Honestly, the plan may not be working. Truth is, in a setting where we focus people mentally

Read More

Dust…

The Bible tells us that God “remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). Unfortunately, many of us forget. Pastors and church leaders can be among the worst workaholics you’ll ever meet. Maybe this condition is due to the fact that the ministry to-do list is never done. Maybe the core cause is the leader’s insecurity

Read More

Chasing Real Change

We aren’t a patient people. Life has encouraged us to insist on getting what we want somewhere close to the minute we ask for it. We get our food fast, retrieve our mail in seconds, and have little patience for the moments those processes slow down. We want what we want…NOW! So when we begin

Read More