About David Roseberry

DAVID ROSEBERRY leads a nonprofit ministry called LeaderWorks. In this ministry, he consults and teaches church leaders across the US and Canada. He has written many books that are available on Amazon. In addition, every year, he and Fran lead life-changing trips to Israel and other important places for the Christian faith. In earlier years, David and Fran founded Christ Church in Plano in 1985, where he was Rector for 31 years. They are forever thankful to God for the incredible blessing of those years. David has served local churches and the national denomination for over 40 years of ordained ministry. He and Fran live in North Dallas. They have four children and five grandchildren. Stay in touch with the ministry of Leaderworks.

The COVID Crisis: A Terrible Thing to Waste

If your church is just riding out the pandemic, hoping that you can get back to normal, you are missing the opportunity of the century to reimagine the ministry of your congregation for the century ahead.

The main activity of every congregation has been upended. Sunday worship, which has been the core of church life for 2000 in most places, is […]

By |2020-07-27T16:04:53-05:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

When and How to Regather Your Church? Ed Stetzer Webinar Recording and Takeaways

I was glad to have our friend Ed Stetzer join us and provide some insight and clarity for the decision that many people in the church (Rectors, Bishops, and members of the Vestry) are going to have to make. The video replay is here (on The Evergreen Project Youtube Channel). It should be watched and replayed for all Vestry […]

By |2020-05-07T10:28:18-05:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Should You Preach a Mother’s Day Sermon? (UPDATED for COVID–19)

For reasons that only the Google gods know, the blog post I wrote last year on preaching a Mother’s Day sermon was a hit. However, it was written before the days of the new “abnormal,” and now needs to be updated.

But the question is still valid. “Should you preach a Mother’s Day sermon?” In a word, yes. This year, […]

By |2020-05-05T08:06:29-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |2 Comments

Wondering When & How to Reopen Your Church? Join Us for a Webinar with Ed Stetzer!

The decision about reopening churches for public worship is not an easy one. There are so many things to pray through and discuss with leaders and members.

As the country begins to open up, what are the things that leaders and congregations should consider? How can we balance the desire to return to worship life as we knew it with the […]

By |2020-05-04T11:36:01-05:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

Let’s Make the Church Sustainable

It is easy to see why some would worry today about the durability of the Church in these days of coronavirus. Most every church is living through a perfect storm of problems, obstacles, and fear.

  • First, the members of our congregations are besieged by bad news on the economic front. Twenty-two million (and more) people have […]
By |2020-04-19T15:33:54-05:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |1 Comment

Holy Week at Home: Good Friday Resources

Each week, the Evergreen Project Team is publishing a Resource Roundup for Ministry in a Pandemic. Earlier this week, in our Resource Roundup we included a number of Holy Week & Easter Resources—articles, websites, and other resources.

Today, we want to focus specifically on Good Friday resources. It seems like Good Friday is actually more well-suited to digital […]

By |2020-04-09T11:49:49-05:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: Miscellaneous|Tags: , |0 Comments

Online Worship Ideas for Holy Week & Easter (Webinar Recording)

Earlier this week, the Evergreen Project hosted a panel of Rectors from Anglican churches in the US and Canada to talk about how they are navigating online worship and plans for this coming Holy Week & Easter. The webinar began with greetings from Archbishop Foley Beach who prayed for our Rectors and joined us for the entire presentation. He […]

By |2020-04-04T07:38:29-05:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Liturgy & Worship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stewardship in an Age of Coronavirus

My role as curator and guide for The Evergreen Project compels me to write a few thoughts and ideas for the benefit of all of our leaders in the Anglican Church in North America. Whether or not these ideas and suggestions, and the thinking behind them, make their way beyond our newly formed denomination, I cannot tell. But my […]

By |2020-03-24T20:17:56-05:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: |1 Comment

Your Church and Coronavirus: Ten Suggestions (UPDATED)

It is upon us. Both the COVID-19 coronavirus and the fear of it have descended upon the world—and upon our nation. The unprecedented decisions to limit travel into the United States will send shock waves all over the globe.

At the time of this writing, tens of thousands of people are symptomatic and several thousand have died. It is a terrible […]

By |2020-03-12T11:32:51-05:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

A Vision for 2020 (Our Anglican Future, Pt. 1)

Over the last few decades, everyone has been aiming at 2020. So many churches and organizations looking to clarify their goals and objectives set a 2020 (20/20) Vision. Organizations set goals to plant a certain number of churches by 2020 or raise up a certain number of leaders. Individual churches looked ahead to 2020 as the year by which they […]

By |2020-03-08T20:08:01-05:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Leadership|Tags: |0 Comments

REVISED: Coronavirus and Your Church: 10 Suggestions

It is upon us. Both the COVID-19 coronavirus and the fear of it have descended upon the world—and soon upon our nation. The unprecedented decisions to limit travel into the United States will send shock waves all over the globe.

At the time of this writing, tens of thousands of people are symptomatic and several thousand have died. It is a […]

By |2020-03-12T06:15:51-05:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, Miscellaneous|Tags: , |2 Comments

When Giving Keeps on Giving! Generosity Can Make a Difference for Decades

I met Herb at breakfast in 1992.

He and I were newly elected members of a national board and met for the first time the day before. At breakfast the next morning, I walked right by Herb carrying my plate filled with bacon, eggs, and my morning coffee.

“David, join me!” Herb called out to me as I walked by him.

Okay…” I […]

By |2020-01-12T12:20:37-06:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: Generosity, Miscellaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

What They Are Saying About Epiphany

Epiphany is January 6th. And as the kings discovered Jesus as King, so others have and others will.

Lord Jesus
may your light shine our way,
as once it guided the steps of the magi:
that we too may be led into your presence
and worship you,
the Child of Mary,
the Word of the Father,
the King of nations,
the Saviour of mankind;
to whom be glory for ever.
—Frank Colquhoun

Let […]

By |2020-01-05T16:56:54-06:00January 5th, 2020|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: |0 Comments

What NOT to Get Your Rector (Or Their Spouse) for Christmas!

I have been having fun writing about some gift ideas for Rectors and their Spouses. I served as a Rector for over 30 years and spend a lot of time now with Rectors and their families.

I know that many laypeople want to get the Rector and their Spouse a gift for Christmas to show their love and appreciation. […]

By |2020-12-14T16:44:06-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What Your Rector’s Spouse Wants For Christmas

Earlier, I wrote a post about What Your Rector Wants For Christmas. I love Rectors and have the good fortune to spend time with, teach, coach, and encourage lots of Rectors around the Anglican Church in North America.

But I don’t just love Rectors. I also love their families! The role of a Rector is unique. So is the role of […]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:54-06:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous, Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Thank You for a Wonderful Year!

Dear Readers,

At the end of this amazing year, I want to thank our Managing Editor, the Rev. Joshua Steele, for a terrific ministry overseeing the day-to-day work of Anglican Pastor. He has helped our blog “step up” to the tremendous opportunity that we have to speak words of clarity and charity about the Gospel […]

By |2019-12-16T10:37:24-06:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: Miscellaneous|0 Comments

End The Year Strong! Resources to Help Your Church

I do not remember exactly what I was saying on Saturday when the picture above was taken, but I was clearly animated! (Please no caption contests!)

In any event, I had a great time speaking at the Anglican Diocese of the South Mission Matters 2019 Conference and Synod this past weekend. I spoke with numerous Rectors who are using

By |2019-11-13T14:40:09-06:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Are We Missing? Ministry and Moral Failure

I know of a very talented ordained priest and colleague of mine who left his ministry; he was removed from the ordained ministry altogether. His bishop removed him. There was something he did to which he confessed, and he is no longer a priest. I do not know the details. I don’t need to know. My heart breaks for him, […]

By |2020-01-14T09:39:58-06:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Pastoral Ministry|Tags: |3 Comments

Rectors, Can You Land These Planes?

I live on the flight path for DFW. The planes are a few miles above my home as they make their final approach and landing. Sometimes, at dusk, on a cool fall evening, when the mist is gone and the fading sunset is just right, I can see up to seven planes at once.

The sun has set for me, but […]

By |2019-12-02T17:46:51-06:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors|Tags: |0 Comments

Paying the Pastor: How to Figure Out Compensation for Clergy

As the Evergreen Project continues to create, collect, and curate the best resources for a thriving church, the issue of clergy compensation is unavoidable.

About a year ago, I wrote an article about this topic as part of a series on Awkward Church Questions.

  1. Who should have access to the giving records?
By |2019-10-24T10:22:11-05:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pledge Cards, pt. 2: Additional Factors to Consider

As the Evergreen Project continues to create, collect, and curate the best resources for a thriving church, the issue of pledge cards comes quickly to the front of the line.

Recently, we addressed the base level question of whether congregations should use an annual pledge card system as a best practice for regular giving. We looked at some of […]

By |2020-05-22T14:25:21-05:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: |0 Comments

Pledge Cards: To Have or To Hold

This post is part of an ongoing conversation about generosity and stewardship in conjunction with The Evergreen Project’s fall campaign, “The Joy of Giving Up.”

As the Evergreen Project continues to create, collect, and curate the best resources for a thriving church, the issue of pledge cards comes quickly to the front of the line.

Should a congregation of faithful […]

By |2019-09-30T17:57:03-05:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity|Tags: , |0 Comments

Don’t Ignore These Important Trends in Church Giving and Attendance

Recently, I presented a webinar on general trends in attendance and generosity across the United States and Canada for clergy and vestry / lay leadership. The webinar was part of the ongoing training related to the The Evergreen Project and our Fall Program – The Joy of Giving Up.

Rooted in […]

By |2019-09-12T10:21:15-05:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Generosity, Miscellaneous|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Become a Generous Church

“Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you” (Deuteronomy 16:17).

The Joy of Giving Up will introduce one single idea to the people of your church. It is not my original idea. I have not heard it from anyone that I have ever met in my lifetime. But I […]

By |2019-09-03T16:41:16-05:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Generosity|Tags: , |0 Comments