Category: Leadership

3 Proven Practices for Reaching the Unchurched

Recently a pastor asked me, “What are the top 3 to 5 things your church does to reach the unchurched?” I immediately thought about our DREAM strategy. It has guided our church for 17 years and has allowed us to

The Top 10 Posts of 2016

I had quite a bit of blog traffic this year coming from all over the world. I am thrilled that my posts have been a blessing to some fellow Christian sojourners. I am also deeply humbled that I was published

Why Your Church Should be Doing Bridge Events Instead of Outreach Events

Churches that have a desire to use an outreach event aimed at reaching their community for Christ struggle with strategies that are effective. Over the years I’ve seen churches (including mine) use big events that require a lot of time,

The ABCs of Empowerment

In my last article I looked at the 3 Principles of Effective Leadership. Delegation and empowerment are easier to write about than they are to actually implement.  For anyone who has ever tried it, you have also learned that there

3 Principles of Effective Leadership

When it comes to leadership, perhaps the most often used passage in the Bible is Exodus 18. This is the story where Moses takes his father-in-law, Jethro, to work with him. After a long day of exhausting work as judge, teacher,

8 Principles of Great Preaching

I’ve been listening to sermons for over 35 years now and preaching them for about 17. There are so many master preachers who have written volumes over the years on this subject and I have learned a great deal from all

The Top 10 Characteristics of the Average Unchurched Family

Many years ago when our church began revitalization, we prayed and asked God who He was calling us to reach. The answer we felt God impressing upon us then was to focus on unchurched families. So we created strategies and

7 Reasons People May Not Sing in Church

I’ve heard people say, “I don’t like the new music because it’s all about performance. I like the hymns because people can sing along with them,” or “people don’t sing in church any more because of the new music.” I’ve

The Power of Catharsis

The date was May 21, 2008. I was meeting with a local pastor talking shop when an urgent phone call came in. On the other end of the phone was a police chaplain who lovingly shared with me that my

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through

Ever felt like the odds are stacked against you? Like whatever you try goes bad? Yeah, well then you’re in pretty good company. A lot of Christians really believe that following Christ prevents problems, but that’s just not true.  Sometimes