How To Appropriately Share Frustrations

I know it’s important to be honest with our thoughts, feelings, frustrations and emotions, but there are some people we should share with, and others we shouldn’t.

Three Obstacles That Hinder Church Revitalization

As president of the Society for Church Consulting, I drive our vision to advance and revitalize churches by training leaders and certifying consultants. Some church leaders don’t pursue certification but simply want to help their churches get better. Other pastors seek help in revitalizing their churches. Regardless of the current health of your church, it’s […]

22 Tweetable Quotes from the 2022 Global Leadership Summit

I’ve been a big fan of the Global Leadership Summit for years. It’s always good to gain new insights, refocus your vision, and recharge your passion. Over the years I’ve heard from the world’s best and most influential politicians, business executives, pro athletes and coaches, film directors, scientists, economists, motivators, and faith leaders. Every time […]

“Marry Your Mission” – A Breakdown

As pastors and organizational leaders, one of your greatest responsibilities is to keep your church or organization moving in the right direction. Much has been written about the importance of things like mission, vision, values, strategies, and goals. Clarity around these topics is crucial to help leaders lead well. And the importance one places on […]

How To Increase Personal Productivity

Church Consultants, pastors, church elders, business leaders, parents, and students. What do they all have in common? They’re all busy. We’re all given 168 hours in a week, but how we use that time determines our effectiveness. And I think it’s safe to suggest that we all want to be more effective, at our jobs, […]

Why A Church Consultant Is Like An NTSB Crash Scene Investigator

One of my favorite TV programs is Air Disasters on the Smithsonian Channel. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s simply morbid curiosity. (I’m not sure what that says about me.) But every week catastrophic incidents in aviation history are meticulously re-enacted, providing insight into what went wrong and if the crashes and near-disasters could have […]

Managing Change and Maintaining Stability in the New Year

It’s been said that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m not sure who said it and I’m not really sure what it means. But it does remind me that some things, in life and in ministry, always seem to be changing. And other things don’t change. They remain unmoved. They […]

The Pros and Cons of Mission Statements

Some organizations have Mission Statements. Others have a mission. Some churches have Vision Statements. Other have a vision. I’ve been closely associated with both groups. Guess which one had better clarity and a more engaging and well-defined culture? If you guessed the one with a mission, the one with a vision, you’re right. Don’t misunderstand. […]

Responding to the Different Seasons of Growth

An analogy is something that shows how two things are alike, with the goal of making a point about the comparison. The purpose of an analogy is not merely to show, but also to explain. Analogies help us understanding complex ideas. They can also help us understand our growth in the Christian faith. The analogy of a growing […]

Blurred Lines And How To Avoid Them

I obsess over clarity. Why? Because I’ve been in several situations, mostly in churches, where a lack of a clear purpose, clear directions and clearly stated goals led to confusion, frustration and wasted time. I heard someone once say, “what’s pretty clear in the pulpit is muddy in the pews.” That’s probably true. I often […]

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