Numbers matter

It has been said, “Pastors who don’t want to talk about numbers don’t have any numbers to talk about.” I have also heard, “Pastors who live by numbers will die a thousand deaths.” A quick google search will reveal that there is little agreement over which numbers should matter to church leaders. Numbers do notContinue reading “Numbers matter”

Compare and Despair

Do you compare yourself to other pastors or leaders? If so, who is the object of your comparison? The person who comes to mind may reveal whether your battle with comparison is a struggle with pride or insecurity. Prideful people tend to compare themselves to others they view as lesser than themselves while insecure leadersContinue reading “Compare and Despair”

Healthy Reflection

Have you ever spent time reflecting on your ministry? In a recent gathering where Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountain, spoke, he began his time with the group by asking us to reflect on what we had heard from a previous speaker. Tod even shared a list of questions to begin our conversation. HisContinue reading “Healthy Reflection”

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”

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”

5 Reasons to Use Your Vacation Time

Just picture it: five days of watching your kids build sandcastles or chase crabs on the beach, exploring new parts of God’s creation, not having to clean up dishes, and falling in love with your spouse in a new and fresh way. Vacations can facilitate all these blessings and more! Depending on how long oneContinue reading “5 Reasons to Use Your Vacation Time”

Sharpening your axe

Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” Do you find yourself working harder and harder in leadership with little increase in effectiveness? Many ministry leaders around Kentucky work diligently each week to further the gospelContinue reading “Sharpening your axe”

Those Who Undermine

Over coffee recently, a friend brought up the topic of those who undermine the work of leaders and the churches or organizations they lead. Previously, I had not given much thought to these individuals as a distinct category, though I had certainly met people who seemed to stand in the way of the progress ofContinue reading “Those Who Undermine”

Failure is not final

Did you know that one well-known product was named to remember the numerous failed attempts? In 1953, a fledgling company with a staff of three people set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents for the aerospace industry. After 39 failed attempts, they finally got it right on the 40th try. The rest isContinue reading “Failure is not final”

Stay focused

Understanding focus is like understanding the difference between a flashlight and a laser beam. Both are a type of light, but one is much more focused than the other and more impactful. Effective Christian ministry requires focus. Without it we may find ourselves dabbling in a hundred different things but not making much difference inContinue reading “Stay focused”