Category Archives: Church

Tips for Recording Sermons for Livestream, Facebook, and YouTube

With so many preachers now preaching to empty rooms while we are all maintaining distance during the COVID-19 pandemic I would like to share a few ideas to help you get up and running to record and stream your services to continue to get a weekly message from the Bible to your congregation. Video –Continue Reading

Hopeful About the Future of Christianity? Here Is How You Can Grow Your Hope…

I recently heard an older Christian say he is the most hopeful he has ever been about Christianity in his entire life and ministry. That is an idea that I have been reflecting on ever since. I am not sure I would have said that. But given the fact that this Christian is older andContinue Reading

Critical Ministry Shift – From Information & Teaching to Skills & Coaching

There is a shift in my ministry philosophy I wish I had figured out years ago. It is a shift from disseminating information through teaching/lecture and the teaching of skills through coaching. This is so obvious it would seem it doesn’t even need to be said and yet it took me to 40 to comeContinue Reading

How Healthy Are Ministers? I Ran the Numbers.

As a minister it is important to me to understand the potential ramifications of how ministry affects my health and the health of my family. I ran the numbers on this in 2017 and want to share a few significant findings with you here. I assessed health in multiple areas and then ran correlations andContinue Reading

Why Are We In Decline? What Appears to Be a Math Problem is Actually a Spiritual Problem

Imagine the AAA Widget Company. AAA Widget was started 80 years ago by an energetic team of entrepreneurs. They had a vision and they executed the vision for 50 years with excellence. The problem today is that they haven’t added a new customer in the last 30 years. The only way to add customers isContinue Reading

Hard and Hopeful Words About Our Future in Churches of Christ

Decline. It’s the word of the day. Most of our congregations are in decline. The projections are that the decline will get faster over time. But that isn’t a foregone conclusion. God can do whatever he wants whenever he wants. With God, all things are possible. It seems to me that it does help ifContinue Reading

Announcing My New Podcast!

Hey everyone! Big news on the blog today. A few weeks ago I launched a new podcast that I thought you might really enjoy. Similar to this site we will be doing a lot of informing, equipping and discussing things about church, faith, ministry, discipleship, and so much more. I would be honored if youContinue Reading

What We Look For When We Read the Bible Influences What We Find

I was once in a discussion about women passing communion on Sunday morning. One brother’s “gotcha” verse (that only men can serve the Supper/pass trays) was Acts 6:1-4, “In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked inContinue Reading

5 Reminders to Help You Through Your Day

Negativity sells. It gets eyeballs looking at things…attention. Attention is the greatest metric in our world today for success. Advertisers are looking for it. Celebrities are looking for it. It is easiest to get attention through negativity and drama. Therefore, negativity and drama sell…they get put on the front page. A steady diet of negativityContinue Reading

Anxiety is Far Too Common in Ministry. Here is Why and What Can be Done About it

Over half of ministers report suffering from significant anxiety as a result of their ministry. Churches are anxious places. They are anxious places because we are supposed to get everything right and to do something not how it is always done or said creates uncomfortable questions and anxiety that is then, often, transferred to leadershipContinue Reading

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