Why Nobody is Applying Your Sermons

I’ll never forget how defeated I felt when I had just finished a sermon series on healthy relationships. The final sermon in the series was on Matthew 18 and how Jesus wants us to handle [...]


Three Ideas to Make Being On a Church Staff Easier

It can be so frustrating to be on a church staff. The pay is often not great, the hours can be long, and because we work with people — we are prone to suffer some emotional wounds. If you are [...]


Undo Discouragement

As a pastor, it can be easy to become discouraged. There are often people that are unhappy. The criticism is often directed at you. It stings because what we do is personal. When someone leaves a [...]


A Practical Way To Close The Backdoor

People leave churches for various reasons, but do you know why people stay at a church? Typically, a person my come to a church for the preaching, but what keeps them at a church is the [...]


How To Handle Criticism

Last month, we kicked off our fall semester of small groups. One of our small group leaders wanted to do a book study using the book I wrote, “Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify [...]


The Stick For Three Challenge

Do you want a first time guests to come back? It’s safe to assume we all do. If you want a first time guests to come back, you cannot assume they automatically know they should. At the church I [...]


A Major Sign Guests Won’t Return To Your Church

What is the number one reason people come back to a church after the first visit? The answer may surprise you. First, a quick story to set up this post. A few years ago, a friend of mine was [...]


My small church is loved more than your BIG church.

If you are a pastor of a church with less than 400 people then you have an advantage over every mega-church. You may not have ever thought about it, but you do. Here is the advantage, people love [...]


How To Make Your Dream Church A Reality – Part 2

The dream you have for your church will not determine your success. Your team will. One of the biggest mistakes I made in ministry was placing willing people in the wrong seats on the bus. [...]


How To Make Your Dream Church A Reality – Part 1

Does the church you dream about match the church you attend? I recently turned 40 years old. I started the church I am pastoring at the age of 33. At 33 I had a specific vision for what I wanted [...]