Five Vision Killers

We need vision. A vision sees what could be. It energizes us to work together towards a better future. The Bible warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). As pastors and leaders, we are tasked to cast God’s vision for the future. Unfortunately, wrong attitudes and unhealthy cultures can get…

The Church Hopper vs. the Unchurched

Many of us have seen a decrease in Sunday Morning Worship attendance coming out of COVID. Some churchgoers have used these past few years to “digitally church shop” for something new and “better.” It is always tough to see people leave a church for another one. We are called to be “fishers of men” and…

A Revealing Question

How was Easter? When I pastored, Easter was always a highlight of the year. I like Easter because it seems more of a focused holiday. It celebrates the most important event of history, the resurrection of Jesus! Also, it was always great to see an increase in attendance. : -) . For me, it showed…

You Need a Coach!

I happen to believe that every one of us needs a coach. No pastor or church leader should go it alone. One survey said that 90% of pastors feel unprepared for their current challenges.   LET’S TALK… I wrote a post a while back that shared how I have benefited from coaching. Here are a…

Humility

Are you humble? That’s a trick question! If you say “Yes”, you probably are not; and you probably are not if you say “No”.  Humility is illusive. Once we think we have it, we lose it. Yet, when it comes to being humble in the Bible, we are to “humble ourselves” (1 Peter 5:6; James…

Reasons Why We Aren’t Reaching Secular People

It is a different time for the Church in America. While other parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa, are experiencing rapid growth in the church, we are seeing a steady decline. And just to be clear, that drop was going on long before COVID. Our Evangelical Church has a rich past of…

R-Rated Prayer

Is God too pure to listen when his children suffer violence? By Wayne Schock As Christians, we are often aware that polite conversation excludes certain words and even whole topics, especially when young people or children are present. But how serious can I be about talking with God, when there are topics that I choose…

Leaders Who Last

We all want to be a leader who lasts. We want to be able to say along with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Sadly, too many of us burn out, bail out, or fall out. LET’S TALK Recently I…

What We Can Learn from 2021

Small Church Leadership Trends As we continue to work through COVID and culture changes, the church is forced to re-examine what it is doing and why. In today’s blog I’m sharing Karl Vaters list of trends he observed in smaller churches.  As I read them over, I think they apply to larger churches as well….

The Priority of Prayer

This coming year the theme for the Pacific Conference is “IMPACT.”  We can only make an impact as we depend on God. Someone said, “Prayer can do anything God can do.”  The call to pray is one of Scripture’s most commonly mentioned commands. “The first thing I want you to do is pray.” (1 Timothy…

Eight Ways a Pastor Can Be Refreshed

Have you taken the time to thank your pastor? Peter Drucker, one of the world’s greatest leadership experts, once listed what he considered the four hardest jobs in the world. Here are those four: President of the United States, a university president, a CEO of a hospital, and a pastor. That’s incredible. If he’s right,…