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Timely Words for Leaders: Reveal, Reset, Reentry, Revival

Full disclosure here. Ever since the COVID-19 crisis has been brewing, I have been praying not just to flatten the curve but for the Strong Name of Jesus to #breakthecurve. I believe the curve and the coronavirus will be defeated and that this is the Church and Christian ministries finest hour. And, that also has…

Easter 2020: We are people on the Other Side of the Tomb

Holy Week that first century must have seemed like just another week under Roman occupation.  Yet another insurrectionist had been tried and crucified at Roman hands; this one at the urging of the Jewish religious leaders.  Everything, even in the midst of pain and loss, must have seemed normal. Even the body laying in the…

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 is…

Simplicity and Complexity for our Troubled Times

Former Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is reported to have said â€œI 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 threatens…

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,…