By Thom Rainer You are the new pastor of the church. Expectations are high on your part and on the members’ part. Perhaps you celebrate with some type of installation service. You are ready to lead and move the church forward. After all, you are the pastor. Right? Wrong. In most established churches, there is […]
A post by Chuck Lawless serves as the basis for today’s podcast. Dr. Lawless has been consulting with churches for nearly two decades and shared ten things he had learned from dozens of church consultations. Download the Full Article.
Adaptive leaders who are seeking to live well have a knack for asking the right questions at the right time to reframe how our ministries unfold. The questions below are ones you may find helpful as you seek to live and lead well. Download the full article.
By Thom Rainer She was on her deathbed. Every breath was laborious. Every breath was more difficult. Those who surrounded her knew the end was imminent. It was only matter of time—a very brief time. But the impossible became the possible. The dying lady survived. In fact, she not only survived, her outlook is very […]
By Thom Rainer There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire? Instead of responding with a specific number, I ask my Baby […]
By Nathan Kirkpatrick Download the article Beginning Your Board’s Leadership Together
By Thom Rainer Eighteen months ago, I reported on a Twitter poll that asked why churches aren’t evangelistic. Since that time, I have followed up by asking the same question of church leaders in both evangelistic and non-evangelistic churches. I could cite you a plethora of statistics that demonstrate the evangelistic apathy of most of […]
By David Sprang There are a variety of cooperative ministries. Download this spectrum to help visualize the various options. Process for Discernment: Listen to God – prayer and bible study Listen to each other – discussion Listen to the community – one on one conversations Formulation of guiding statement and covenant Develop a plan of action […]
By Thom Rainer I received my first AARP material in the mail six years ago. I turned 61 years old two days ago. One of my sons says I am fossilized. I am a senior adult. Have I noticed any differences in my life at this age? Certainly. I move more slowly. My idea of […]
By David Sprang Congregations are either in a constant state of renewal or on a downward trajectory. The most common factor in a declining congregation is being inward focused. Here are helpful ways to work on renewal. Download to Read More