How to Make Your Schedule as a Ministry Professional

How to Make Your Schedule as a Ministry Professional

“What do you do all week?” The junior high student who asked me that actually followed it up with, “Do you drive a school bus?” Nothing wrong with driving a school bus, of course. But the point is that some people in our church probably wonder what we do between services, and some of us may be wondering the same thing once Monday...

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We Serve At the Pleasure Of…

We Serve At the Pleasure Of…

"An Audience of One..." For ten years I loved serving on the same team with a worship pastor who was always reminding a terrific choir and orchestra and soloists and “ohh-ahh singers” (only I called them that to him) and the whole church that when all of us worshiped we should worry about—you have heard it before—an audience of one: Our...

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When is Strong Leadership Abusive?

When is Strong Leadership Abusive?

“And you must never talk to anyone about…” Probably somewhere around the time that was said by the pastor-leader, abusive leadership was happening. Abusive leadership usually demands “a cone of silence,” or a non-disclosure agreement, or whispers. And it seems to be a rapidly growing disease in church leadership. No one ever got this...

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Is a Church Restart Possible?

Is a Church Restart Possible?

YES There is no question. And there are some good stories of restart—sometimes by adoption or friendly takeover by a strong and healthy church, often by good changes suggested by a renewal ministry coach with fresh eyes, and always by the prayers and unselfish commitment of people. And active, productive ministry gets to be strong...

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When is it Time to Leave the Church?

When is it Time to Leave the Church?

Maybe we are turning into negative people! We certainly hope not. Not one of the three of us is eating sour grapes or taking grouch pills. But the question and the implied dilemma are real. There are times when a pastor who really uses good common sense and waits on the Lord should leave his assignment at one church and go to another....

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Sexual Identity Crisis in the Church

Sexual Identity Crisis in the Church

The sexual identity crisis in the church No room for any more jokes! Large and small pulpits have heard their share of jokes about “God did not create Adam and Steve” or something else that gets a giggle out of even the deacons. Never again. This is serious. All of us who know what our people are thinking and grappling with recognize...

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Culture Shock in the Church

Culture Shock in the Church

“It’s in the grocery store also!”  So much has changed, and so quickly. Most of us are startled often about how values have shifted, and what bothers people these days.  And The Shift attends church. Pretty regularly. Many do not pray like they used to, or don’t worry when we think they should, and don’t wince enough at the...

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Cultural tensions within the church

Cultural tensions within the church

Describe your church!   “It’s a beautiful red brick building that is at the corner of…” “Our church is pretty much very conservative Republicans with red hats and …” “We like to argue about whether to wear masks to worship services or whether our governor can make us get vaccinated…” “We understand love, and everyone knows that. We have...

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Is going to church and being the church the same?

Is going to church and being the church the same?

 Let’s get them inside the church!   We all want to build the church, of course. Else we would change work assignments immediately!  But we all also know that our job is not to try to get them inside the church building, but rather inside or a part of the body of Jesus Christ – a spiritual issue! And that is a matter...

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