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Become an Expert at Church Staff Interviews

Anecdotal evidence suggests nearly half of the hires in most churches prove to be less than a perfect fit. This shouldn’t be surprising in light of the fact Ministers are usually not formally trained in how to conduct an interview. Successful hiring goes beyond just being a “good judge of people.” Among other things, it involves a plan built around... Continue Reading

12 Sources For Discovering Church Uniqueness

My pastor, Dr. Mike Glenn likes to say, “There is a reason Baskin Robbins has 31 different flavors.” His point is that God has purposefully designed each church distinctive and unique from any church that ever has or ever will exist. With that unique design comes a calling and a set of ministry assignments that are distinctive. Just as an individual... Continue Reading

Do You Have Plumb Lines for Your Church’s Decisions?

A plumb line is a simple but accurate tool used for determining whether or not something is perfectly vertical or upright. Used since ancient times, a plumb line consists of a line and weight of some sort, usually a stone or piece of lead.  References to the use of a plumb line in the Holy Scriptures are usually that of... Continue Reading

We Have To Stop Meetings Like This!

I’ve got to get our here, this meeting is a waste. I’ve got better things to do with my time! How often have you found yourself saying something similar? Bad meetings not only waste time but they drain our passion and enthusiasm for ministry. Even worse, ineffective meetings result in lack of action, poorly analyzed decisions and misuse of precious... Continue Reading

Does Your Church Have a Common Language?

Policemen, firemen, air traffic controllers, emergency room personnel and the military teach us the importance of a common language to mitigate confusion. These professions are in “life and death” jobs where their decisions can literally mean the difference between life and death. Any miscommunication can have disastrous results. Church leaders are in a “life and death” vocation as well. The... Continue Reading

10 Church Goal Measurements To Jump Start Your Planning

Do you have a “brain freeze” when you sit down to write your annual ministry goals? Staring at a blank piece of paper wondering where to start is a common and daunting experience for most of us. Admittedly, much of what we do in life and in ministry is difficult to quantify apart from anecdotal evidence. But, often we simply... Continue Reading

Planning God’s Way

  “Failing to plan is planning to fail” is a well known maxim I can relate to. I don’t know about you but in the press of the demands of life and work I am tempted to neglect planning, often to my detriment and the detriment of others. So, from time to time I need to be encouraged to take... Continue Reading

The Minister’s 20 Question Spiritual Health Assessment

One of the most challenging yet essential responsibilities of ministers is to monitor their spiritual health. I have found this assessment developed by my good friend and mentor Keith Meyer, author of “Whole Life Transformation…….Becoming the Change Your Church Needs,” can help discern the status of your gauges by answering each question with a green (consistently), yellow (frequently), orange (infrequently), or red (seldom... Continue Reading

“Our Church Can’t Handle the Kind of Money I Can Give It”

Those words profoundly changed my understanding of what affluent church members consider before allocating their dollars to the church, charities and non-profit organizations. It was a response to a question I posed many years ago to a good friend who happened to also be one of our church’s largest donors as well as key leaders. I had noticed in the... Continue Reading

Financial Leaders Want Someone With Ink On Their Sleeves

Do you ever wonder how to appeal to your financial leaders? Here’s a story that provided me insights into a key pre-requisite for receiving gifts from high capacity donors. Annually our church gathers the top 100 financial leaders at a NEXT dinner where we share vision and strategy updates and offer appreciation for their support. At one of our NEXT dinners I... Continue Reading