A few years ago, I met the head of a successful software company at a conference in Los Angeles. His business card had his name and his title: “Chief Encouragement Officer.” This was a man who understood a lot about leadership and what it meant to become an encourager. Studies have shown that people are naturally attracted […]
Recently, there has been a lot of commentary regarding ongoing culture wars. Apparently, there are many who believe that Christians in America are being targeted from all sides — from the White House, to the news media, to our educational institutions. It’s very likely that a cultural war has broken out, and many can find […]
Is your church healthy or not? It’s a difficult question to answer. When people ask, I often reply, “What’s your definition of ‘healthy?’” There are many metrics that point to — or signal — the health of a congregation. If attendance has declined for 50 years and the church has not baptized anyone in 10 […]
Perspectives on the April 14 “Elaine photography case” U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let the lower court ruling stand
“The single most important thing great companies did that good companies didn’t was make superb people decisions.” That was from Jim Collins at the Catalyst West conference last year. Collins is one of my favorites — OK, my favorite — author on leadership from a business perspective. The research his team has done over the […]
One place few pastors look for leadership wisdom is in the realm of coaching. I love reading books by coaches. Books by John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre and others are a part of my library. Some of the best leadership lesson I’ve gleaned over the years have been from coaches — my […]
She was adamant about going through with the baptism. I tried to convince her to put it off a week. The heating element in the baptistery had gone out. It was January. The morning’s temperature was somewhere below zero. It wasn’t a crisis, but it felt like it. We spent the Bible study hour boiling […]
People are led best by people who believe in them.
Here’s your chance to help protect your church’s rights to educate the flock by holding non-partisan debates! Tell the IRS that you do NOT want proposed new 501(c)(4) regulations to be applied to 501(c)(3) churches! In a recent interview with Phoenix-based Certified Public Accountant Monica J. Stern, I learned that the IRS has released proposed […]
A group of 12 teenagers from your church just convinced the senior pastor they can raise the money for an evangelistic outreach.