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When I was first planting a church, I did a lot of knocking on doors in the neighborhood where I was serving. I wanted to get to know the people and find out what was important to them in a church. I remember one particular family I met that way, and I probably worked...read more
Parishioner: "Pastor, I'm just not getting anything out of worship." Pastor: "I'm SO sorry! There's been a terrible misunderstanding. We're not worshiping YOU." Worship isn't about getting. It’s about giving. Our worship is our coming before God and worshipping him...read more
If you’re like many churches, fall starts off with a bang. Planning, calendaring, kids launching into the next grade levels. Likely you’re also launching some new small group studies. But consider: what do you want those studies to accomplish? What are you hoping they...read more
One of the best ways to learn is alongside others who are embracing the same goals and facing the same challenges. We can encourage each other, build relationships, and spur one another on toward greater Kingdom impact. Are you currently investing in church planting...read more
Set It Up: Planning a Healthy Pastoral Transition In this short and practical book, Dr. Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr. looks at the critical area of pastoral leadership that is so often neglected-- the passing of the baton to the next pastor. I read widely in the area of...read more
Note: This blog entry is an excerpt from the first draft of The Leadership Difference, which I expect to publish later this year. As your organization grows, you’ll see an increased need for structure. What just seemed to work organically before no longer works...read more
If you could be like any person in the Bible, who would it be? (I’ll let you opt out of the martyrdom part because so many biblical characters met painful ends.) My favorite biblical role model has always been Barnabas. He’s not a spotlight kind of guy, but he made a...read more
Note: This entry by guest blogger Jonathan LaBarge When I think of ego in a pastoral context, I think of Peter. Peter, who was told by Jesus to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Peter, who swore he would do anything for Jesus (Luke 22:33). Peter, who was the rock on which...read more
Note: This blog entry by guest blogger Jonathan LaBarge. God calls us to love the church, not merely to like it. “Like” implies a consumer mindset… or even a Facebook mindset-- “No effort is required on my part; I will just click ‘like’ if something amuses me.”...read more
As we celebrate our independence in the US today, I’ve found myself thinking of the opposite: dependence. Although independence-- the ability to go it alone and not have to rely on anyone other than yourself-- is what’s valued in my own culture, the humble recognition...read more
Diversity is a popular word as of late. Diversity is important, because often what most changes the heart is engagement with people who are different than ourselves. But what do I see in many churches? ... ... People who don’t like those who are different from...read more
I often find it’s easier to help people get connected to a relationship with God when they’re already focused on and connected with people than it is to get people who are focused on correct doctrine to develop a relationship with God that is lived out through...read more