The tension of ideology and progress

Healthy churches have many points of tension. For example, churches grow by adding new believers. New believers are immature (and typically passionate), which means church programming must balance between immature congregants and mature congregants. Most every pastor has experienced the volley: Yes, deeper! No, too deep! This tension is like a taut tightrope; it tugs […]

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A Critical (Often Overlooked) Trait of an Excellent Worship Pastor

In my previous post, I revealed a critical — yet overlooked — trait of executive pastors. I will do the same for worship pastors in this post.

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A Critical (Often Overlooked) Trait of an Excellent Executive Pastor

In many churches, the senior pastor leans on the executive pastor more than any other person.

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When the Status Quo is Just Fine

References to the status quo often evoke images of staleness, like weeks-old bread on your counter that is still technically edible but far from its original freshness. No one gets excited about crustiness, especially in the church. There is a lot out there on changing, challenging and deconstructing the status quo in churches. Rightly so […]

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Stop-and-go ministry

By Sam S. Rainer III When God guides a church, it’s not a smooth journey. Ministry in a community is stop-and-go. The church is called to go share the only message of hope and stop for those in need. Many people are aware that something bigger than their personal world exists. They desire to take […]

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Pastor tenure and church stagnation

Pastors are not staying at churches long enough to bring about considerable change. As a result, churches remain in a perpetual state of stagnation.

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The simple act of encouragement

By Sam S. Rainer III Why do people return to church? One myth that could be easily dismissed is that they were too angry at the church to return. In fact, in one of our studies, the rechurched told us in overwhelming numbers that anger at the church was not a factor in their departures. […]

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Are you caring or just curious?

Both curious and caring leaders ask about followers or subordinates.

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Hurdles to established church innovation

Does the established nature of some churches hinder innovation?

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Leading awkward people

Some people are just awkward. Awkward people are in almost every organization.

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