Helping Your Church to Grow:  Specific Leadership Barriers

Previous articles have examined structural and general leadership barriers to church growth.  In this article, we want to examine some specific barriers for church growth at different sizes.  Carl George & Warren Bird wrote the classic book on this topic, “How to Break Growth Barriers” (Baker House, 1993) and much of the material below isContinue reading “Helping Your Church to Grow:  Specific Leadership Barriers”

Grip-Grasp-Gifts:  Keys to Life-Changing Leadership

I wrote this article several years ago when I was pastoring a church plant in NV that was a miracle experience: Lasting life change is what spiritual leadership is all about.  Pastors and Christian business people often want to be involved in life change and yet feel frustrated at knowing how to establish a churchContinue reading “Grip-Grasp-Gifts:  Keys to Life-Changing Leadership”

“Created to Create the Future”

I’m a leadership guy so I’m always looking ahead to the future.  Dr. John Richardson said when it came to the future; there were 3 types of people: “Those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened”.   In a world as fast changing as ours, it isContinue reading ““Created to Create the Future””

Representing Jesus in Classrooms

The mission statement of Jessup University is:  “we partner with the church to educate transformational leaders for the glory of God”.  That mission is at the foundation and the heartbeat of all we do here at Jessup.  For some, the idea of “transformational leadership” is limited to the church.  I understand that frame of reference. Continue reading “Representing Jesus in Classrooms”

Simplicity and Complexity for our Troubled Times

Former Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is reported to have said “I wouldn’t give a fig for simplicity this side of complexity but I’d give my right arm for simplicity on the other side of complexity”.  That thought has been rolling around in my mind as I think about transformational leadership for our troubled times. Tension threatensContinue reading “Simplicity and Complexity for our Troubled Times”

The art of disequilibrium…

Written shortly after the election of 2016, it seems this article may end up being relevant again with sustained urgency: Virtually no pundits or prognosticators believed in a Donald Trump victory.  And yet today, in mid-November of 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump not only won the election, shocked the political class and destabilized the mainstream media,Continue reading “The art of disequilibrium…”


His presence brings joy “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” (Psalm 16:11, NLT) “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11) God is not aContinue reading “FIVE PROMISES ABOUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD”

Favorite Book Lists…Reprise

Did this post years ago…felt like it was worth reprising…but I should update it..maybe soon! 9/9/2007 8:20:37 PM A long time ago, I did a blog post where I listed two lists of favorite ministry and leadership books…I thought that list might be helpful to reprise here for your potential use with your leadership teams:Continue reading “Favorite Book Lists…Reprise”

Four Weeks to Healthier Relationships

A number of years ago while I was pastoring a church in NV,  I got the opportunity to write a little book on relationships called “Four Weeks to Healthier Relationships”.  There is a weekly overview, a daily guide, and then a reflection section.  You can get a copy on Amazon here in Kindle for underContinue reading “Four Weeks to Healthier Relationships”

“Discovering and Moving Past Elder Brother Faith”

In most movies we can identify the hero.  And the villain.  The protagonist and antagonist are pivotal characters in a story.  But I have spent the last several years pondering a Biblical story where, hard as I try, I do not most naturally identify with the hero or the villain.  I identify with a lesserContinue reading ““Discovering and Moving Past Elder Brother Faith””