July 18, 2019
lies

Three Lies Pastors Believe

reshared with kind permission from Josh Reich.    All of us believe lies in our lives and those lies shape us. Lies that we aren’t good enough, strong enough, that I owe God, that we can be in control, that God doesn’t love us, that we aren’t lovable or worthwhile. Lies like these, shape us. And if we don’t face them, these lies will determine the stories we tell and live. Pastor’s believe lies as well. I know that might be a shock, but it’s true. And like lies in our personal lives, if we don’t face them, name them and […]
July 16, 2019
building

Building Community in the Church

reshared with kind permission from author Barry Voss.  An important and often unrecognized role of the church leader is to build community among those he or she leads.  Just as Christ surrounded Himself with his disciples and lived in fellowship with them, we too as leaders must develop a Christian community among our people as well.  We need to recognize that God desires that we work together in ministry, with each of us being a part of the Body of Christ.  No person can do all of the work of the ministry alone.  By developing a community of faithful believers […]
July 11, 2019
generation

3 Ways Attractional Church Needs to Change to Reach the Next Generation Part II

Cont’d. from Part I reshared with kind permission from Carey Nieuwhof. 3. LESS HEAD. MORE HEART. Another key shift that’s happening in churches that are reaching the next generation involves creating experiences that engage the heart, not just the head. The next generation doesn’t just want to know what’s true, they want to feel what true and to experience what’s real. Real is deeper than just an idea—real is an experience. The next generation doesn’t just want to know what’s true, they want to feel what true and to experience what’s real.CLICK TO TWEET When crafting the welcome…don’t just blanket people with information and the […]
July 4, 2019
church

Why People Choose Your Church

resharing with kind permission from the Breeze church.  How did you end up at the church you attend? I bet you have your reasons. Maybe you even wrote them down when you were church shopping or searching for a job. Most people have a list, even if they don’t know it. It’s often intuitive. Do you know what people are looking for? Research is helpful in this area and I’ve noticed trends in my own conversations with people who recently chose to make our church home or recently decided to leave. So, here’s the top six reasons I believe people […]
June 27, 2019
imperfect

How to Lead Through Imperfect Conditions

Let’s face it, you’d love to have ideal conditions to lead in. Who wouldn’t? And while, ideally: Your team would be perfectly motivated to achieve the mission No good team member would ever leave You’d be inspired to write every day The people you’re trying to reach would be open and receptive You’d introduce change without any fear or pushback All your ideas would be great ideas Life isn’t like that. At all. And yet it’s easy to get into a place where you’re hesitant to act, constantly frustrated and thinking of quitting because things never seem like they’re as […]
June 22, 2019
3rd

3rd GProCongress Anniversary Video and Message from Dr. Ramesh Richard

Three years ago, June 15–22, 2016, the Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers convened in Bangkok, Thailand—and then the real event began. At this third anniversary of the GProCongress, we wish to encourage you with a glimpse of what God is doing through this short video and message from Dr. Ramesh Richard below.  To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the GProCongress in Bangkok, access our gift to you: “Teach the Church to Pray” available by download further below.  “A four-year event started with an eight day launch in June 2016.” That’s how I describe the Global Proclamation Commission for […]
June 14, 2019
dependence

A Simple, Biblical, and Glorious Approach of Discipleship: The 4 P’s

Reshared with kind permission from Leadership Resources Intl. Do you ever overcomplicate things? Instead of taking the short, logical route while driving, you choose the roundabout way that gets you to your destination twenty minutes late. Instead of simply asking your friend a question, you think through all possible scenarios of how the conversation might go. We have the potential to overcomplicate everything—even discipleship. The Vine Project: Shaping Your Ministry Culture Around Disciple-Making, written by our friends Tony Payne and Colin Marshall, presents a compellingly biblical, yet simple way to think about discipleship, “Disciples are made by the persevering proclamation of the word […]
June 4, 2019

How to Make Vision For Your Church Actually Stick

Reposting with kind permission from Breeze church.  A few weeks ago, I experienced a frustrating conversation. Someone on my staff was talking with a few of our volunteers and when I walked up to say hello to everyone, my staff member asked if we had a mission statement. I was like, “Wut?!? In front of our volunteers you don’t know our mission statement?” In my mind, everyone knows our mission statement because…well, everyone knows! We talk about it all the time, right? I guess not. My initial thought was, “You’re fired.” But then I remembered that when the team doesn’t […]