An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Healthy Christians are people of gratitude and generosity. That is a clear biblical truth that has been lived out across the years in church history. If the gospel has not penetrated a person’s heart to the point that they are profoundly grateful, then a key...
Things Jesus Never Said

Things Jesus Never Said

There are some things you will just never hear. Ever seen those lists? “On tonight’s news, we have nothing but good and uplifting stories to report!” Sorry, that’s just not going to happen.  Or maybe you’ve seen the list of comments a pastor is likely...
Everyone Needs a Mentor

Everyone Needs a Mentor

Every day in my prayer time, I give thanks to God for the people who have mentored me and shaped my life along the way. Most of them were not formal relationships. They were simply people who invested in me or people from whom I sought advice. I’ll not share their...
In-Dependence

In-Dependence

The very first church I pastored was the First Baptist Church of Rosebud, TX.  Rosebud wasn’t exactly a bustling metropolis.  We numbered 1459 residents back in the day.  I remember going to denominational meetings and professional gatherings and coveting the...
Shifting from “Why?” to “Why Not?”

Shifting from “Why?” to “Why Not?”

Over the past eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a consultant with numerous congregations around the country, trying to help them look directly into the adaptive challenges we all face.When I talk with them, they know the way they did church 20 years ago...
When you pastor the Titanic

When you pastor the Titanic

What if you knew that your congregation was on a collision course with its demise? What would you do? Who would you tell? How would it change the way you lead? Would it affect your sense of urgency? Would it help you better distinguish between minor and major...
Interdependence and Staff Transitions

Interdependence and Staff Transitions

The Center for Healthy Churches uses the garden as a metaphor for healthy churches as we “seek to bring hope, help and healing to churches and clergy in the spirit of Christ.” One of the components of this metaphor is interdependence. Just like a garden depends on the...
Leading in Public Prayer

Leading in Public Prayer

“Oh, Lord, as you read today in the Courier-Journal…”  That’s how one worship leader began a prayer in our seminary chapel.  The prayer created quite a discussion among all the young theologues on campus.  The one thing no one doubted was that God knew about the event...
Are You a Minister or a Musician?

Are You a Minister or a Musician?

Many years ago, I interviewed for a position as Minister of Music with a church in a college town. It seemed like a good fit for my gifts and I could imagine myself having a long and productive ministry there. There was a point in the process when my wife and I were...