10 Books Church Leaders Should Read!

Contributor: Rob Shepherd Full disclosure, I hate reading. I’d rather watch the movie over the book any day of the week. I don’t read to relax. I don’t read because I enjoy it. I read because I [...]



This past week I visited a friend on her death bed. I was in the room when she took her last breath. She loves Jesus so we are excited for her. At the same time the loss is difficult on us. The [...]


Three Ideas To Keep Your Spiritual Vitality

Being a pastor is difficult. Often the position of pastor is not paid well, undertrained, and over stressed. It’s no wonder that 80% of pastors believe their pastoral ministry has negatively [...]


A Pastor’s Insecurity

Insecure leaders are incredibly difficult to follow. An insecure leader…   Operates out of fear. Has a difficult time celebrating others success. Often compares himself or herself to others. [...]


Overcoming the attendance rollercoaster: 5 BIG DAY ideas!

Do you know the Sundays in which you will have low attendance? It’s an interesting thing to track. For a lot of churches when a pastor knows the attendance is going to be low he goes on vacation [...]


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 [...]