It’s not that Bill Tucker leads Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio, TX, like a football quarterback or a naval officer — and he’s been both — but he’s gained many leadership qualities that he finds transferable to pastoring a 6,000-member congregation, for the past eight years.
Nothing jolts a church quite like the resignation of its senior pastor. Shock, disbelief, confusion and disappointment reverberate through the church.
The economy is affecting a lot of people right now. How is it affecting your church? The answer to this question runs the gamut, for all sorts of reasons. Some are cutting expenses, while others are building new facilities. Some congregations are growing and some are shrinking.
When it comes to Christian-themed drama, the church has moved a long way from 1970s flannelgraphs and campy skits with cardboard scenery, or have we?
Many large and growing congregations often think seriously about starting regional branches of their churches to spread the Christian message. The multi-site church trend has proven very rewarding for some churches, but not without each church backing up the fervor underlying it with a wise analysis and decision-making process.
For eight years we attended a small, especially friendly Methodist church. A year and a half ago, we left to find a church where our oldest daughter would no longer be the only child in her grade attending Sunday School, and where we didn’t feel like the youngest people in the pews.
Wouldn’t you agree that the greatest lessons in life come from our mistakes and failures, not from our successes? I would also venture to guess that the same is true of your greatest ministry lessons.
Churches deserve extraordinary leadership, and it isn’t about being a mega church or a celebrity church, says Nancy Ortberg, a partner in Teamworx2 [teamworx2.com] and author of Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership (Tyndale, 2008).
It was no small undertaking in bringing Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel to the campus of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship earlier this year, but the effort for the church was worth it. More churches are reaching their communities through special events, performances, and services focused to unbelievers who wouldn’t otherwise step foot in a church.
Since the early 1990s people with disabilities have been using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to transform American society into a more accessible and usable environment in which they can live, play, learn and work. Unfortunately, one of the most important liberties of society, freedom of religion, in some cases still remains overlooked and therefore, inaccessible.