Why attend the annual meeting?

There are few invitations easier to ignore than an invitation to a church business meeting. Not that the meetings are unimportant. In fact, the opposite is true. Church business meetings, or members meetings as some call them, are vitally important. Much good and important work is addressed at these meetings. Plans are made for theContinue reading “Why attend the annual meeting?”

Stretched beyond repair

Have you heard the rubber band analogy? The idea is that a rubber band kept stretched out for an extended period will eventually lose its elasticity and never return to its original shape or strength. The point of the analogy is that leaders are like rubber bands. We cannot remain stretched out with busy schedulesContinue reading “Stretched beyond repair”

In this together

Ministry is lonely and friends are needed. However, many pastors struggle to build close friendships. A 9Marks article by Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile claims that 70% of pastors do not have someone they consider a close friend. This is both a tragic and startling statistic. Matthew Spandler-Davison, a Kentucky Baptist pastor in Bardstown, recently wrote anContinue reading “In this together”

This is encouraging

Seldom do I find statistical information encouraging. In fact, the opposite is true. But my reaction was strikingly different when Lifeway’s research director, Scott McConnell, shared with a group of leaders some recent statistical discoveries about churches. The stat that caught my attention was the way church members viewed their churches approach to handling theContinue reading “This is encouraging”

Loneliness abounds

While knocking on doors with a Kentucky Baptist pastor, we met a man in his late fifties who I’ll call Ben. Ben was friendly, appeared healthy, and lived alone with his small dog who greeted us at the door. Ben is a Christian who was once an active member in one of our Kentucky BaptistContinue reading “Loneliness abounds”

The value of a good name

On a recent hot July day, a pastor and I went into his community to knock on doors and share the Gospel. We visited several homes, had engaging conversations, and shared the good news of Jesus with residents of nearly half the homes we visited. One of the highlights of the day happened at aContinue reading “The value of a good name”

Are you living an intentional lifestyle of evangelism?

While in Savannah, Georgia, a few weeks ago, I noticed a unique convenience store and wanted to stop in and check it out. I had prayed that morning, like every morning, for the Lord to use me as a witness for Jesus, but I was not mindful of that prayer as I walked in theContinue reading “Are you living an intentional lifestyle of evangelism?”

Evangelism just happens

Contrary to popular belief, evangelism doesn’t “just happen” in church life. It requires intentionality, effort, and practice. Many of us have heard the contemporary mindset that says, “Get the church or ministry healthy and evangelism will follow.” In other words, instead of trying to motivate Christians to share the good news, let’s focus instead onContinue reading “Evangelism just happens”

Where are we going?

I love to hop in the car and drive without a particular destination in mind. Maybe one or two stops are rolling around in my head, but the potential of discovering new places and things is part of the fun. When it comes to leadership, however, most of your followers will want to know whereContinue reading “Where are we going?”