Five ways to help yourself overcome church hurt and heal

How many times have you heard someone say they are not stepping foot inside a church again because someone hurt them? The reality is that far too many people are have been hurt inside the walls of a church. The church was meant to be a healing place, but for many has become a hurtingContinue reading “Five ways to help yourself overcome church hurt and heal”

Six reasons to rebuild the church on the foundation of Christ

The church seems empty. The parking lot only has a couple of cars in her large lot. There appears to be no life left in the once-thriving church. In a last-ditch effort to save the church, the church board hires a pastor with a family believing that a younger pastor will save the church. WhenContinue reading “Six reasons to rebuild the church on the foundation of Christ”

Reestablish the established church and her leadership for a post-pandemic reality

The established church has been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. Many churches have seen a decline in attendance by nearly 50% in the past year, while other churches have struggled under income loss. Leading an established church had its challenges long before the pandemic negatively affected the local body, but today, theContinue reading “Reestablish the established church and her leadership for a post-pandemic reality”

Six steps to renewal before God

 I am hearing about more and more pastors getting burned out due to ongoing issues related to the pandemic and leaving their churches. The past twelve months have been the most challenging in ministry for many fellow pastors. In reading in 1 Chronicle 17:16-27, I am reminded of David’s prayer as he comes before GodContinue reading “Six steps to renewal before God”

Four ways to lead better in a new season

I love it when the seasons change. It is a fresh start to reevaluate where I have been and where I want to go in the future. 2021 is beginning to be a year of unfolding seasons that reminds me of how we all should lean into new ministry seasons. Instead of fearing change, findContinue reading “Four ways to lead better in a new season”

Building into the DNA of the Church a Mission-mindset

Over Eighty years ago, a missionary would travel to Jamaica’s island nation and begin to share his faith with those he encountered. As he approached a small dilapidated house with a dirt floor, he could see chickens running around in the yard and hear the laughter of children play off in the distance. He wouldContinue reading “Building into the DNA of the Church a Mission-mindset”

What do you do when everything changes?

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” The church has been in a season of change. For most churches, fifty percent of her people had not returned from when the churchContinue reading “What do you do when everything changes?”

4 Building blocks to help rebuild the Church

 Covid-19 has caused the church to reexamine the way she serves the community of believers. Many pastors have felt the pain in the weeks that followed an extended period of closure due to reduced attendance, offerings, and gathering times. They have been burdened with trying to figure out the right course to chart in uncertainContinue reading “4 Building blocks to help rebuild the Church”

Adapting to change in uncertain times

Change is good for the soul if the pastor can help lead his people from soul whining to soul winning. The search committee announces to the church they have found their next pastor, a young, energetic family man, who is ready to help the church move from decline to growth. The new pastor is excitedContinue reading “Adapting to change in uncertain times”