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What Would It Look Like If The Church Was Christian?

In these urgent times, the Christian Church cannot keep avoiding what Jesus actually emphasized and mandated. Practical, practice-based Christianity can no longer be ignored by Christians who were never told Christianity was anything more than a denominational belonging or belief system. The stakes are too great. “It is the very love of Christ that now compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14).... Continue Reading

The End Run Game

Every leader has experienced it….the end run game. One of their direct reports takes them out of the loop and heads straight to the next level leader or peer. From experience as a Church Executive Pastor I can tell you this is a regular occurrence in churches, and a real organizational challenge to navigate. In football, an end run is... Continue Reading

The Saint Francis Peace Prayer As A Spiritual Practice

One of the most frequently read prayers by those seeking peace and comfort is attributed to Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis is the patron saint of ecology, animals, non-violence, and peacemaking—because he understood that the entire circle of life has God at the center of it all. In Francis’ world, the sun, moon, animals, plants, and elements all show reverence... Continue Reading

Leaders Don’t Reward Irresponsible Behavior

There is a sobering story for leaders in Victor Hugo’s novel, Ninety-Three. The story concerns a young ensign on a wooden military sailing ship who is given the responsibility of caring for a large rolling cannon. One of his jobs was to keep the cannon lashed securely to the deck to prevent it from rolling around and causing damage that... Continue Reading

“We’ll See” – A Cautionary Fable

Toward the end of the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War,” there is told one of my favorite stories. A CIA officer, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, cautions the Wilson character, played by Tom Hanks, not to be too sure they have done something glorious in helping to chase the Soviets out of Afghanistan. To make the point, he tells the fable... Continue Reading

The Church And The Scapegoat Pattern

I find myself frequently surprised by how many people are unaware that the word “scapegoat” has biblical origins. Or how the term is foundational to the understanding of Jesus’s crucifixion. Further, how few recognize just how prevalent “scapegoating” is in the church. For example, when things go south, pastors routinely blame the lack of lay leadership or the ineffectiveness of... Continue Reading

Leading From Behind Is Not A Contradiction

Leading from behind sounds like a contradiction in terms. But, Kelly Wendorff of EQUUS Inspired, says that horses effectively do just that. “The lead horse positions themselves behind the ones they want to guide or lead and literally pushes them ahead. The reason for this is it allows the horses being led to be in front so they can gain... Continue Reading

What Church Leaders Can Do To Reduce Employee Burnout

In this second of three articles on the recent Gallup study on employee burnout, we explore the role church leaders and supervisors play in reducing and preventing staff burnout. Gallup’s research shows that a crucial element in whether or not workers experience burnout on the job is how supervisors treat their employees. Supervisors are responsible for fostering positive employee experiences... Continue Reading

Environmental Factors That Contribute To Church Employee Burnout

In this final of three articles on church employee burnout, we explore the environmental factors church leaders should focus on to prevent staff burnout. There is little doubt that minister burnout is a symptom of an increasingly fast-paced, complex, and demanding church environment. Add to that the reality that mobile technology has created 24 hour accessibility and blurred the lines... Continue Reading

What Churches Should Know About The Latest Study On Employee Burnout

According to a recent Gallup study, organizations are facing an employee burnout crisis. 23% of full-time employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, and an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. That means about two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job. My educated guess is that those percentages hold for church staff’s as... Continue Reading

Oneness As A Stage Of Spiritual Growth

In recent weeks we have written about “oneness with God’ in the articles: What Is Oneness With God?, What Does The Bible Say About Oneness?, and a Guided Meditation On Oneness With God. In this article we share how the journey toward oneness with God can be viewed as one of the stages of spiritual growth. Stages Of Spiritual Growth... Continue Reading