How Much Should We Pay the Pastor? (Awkward Church Questions, pt. 2)

Posted on November 13, 2018
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These are the awkward questions during any board or Vestry meeting. You can feel a quiet come over the room. Everyone is hoping the subject will pass. But there are five awkward questions that your church needs to be able to discuss. Previously, we tackled the question of access to giving records. Hopefully, I’ve given…

The Good Shepherd Economy

Posted on April 9, 2018
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Churches desire to grow, as well they should. We are, after all, followers of the Great Commission. We desire for more people to come to know and proclaim the coming of God’s kingdom. However, when church leaders want to focus on growth, they often make a crucial mistake. Our focus is often on getting people…

You Might Be A Church Planter If…

Posted on June 30, 2016
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(From the author’s blog at LeaderWorks) A seminarian wrote me about a possible call from God to plant a church. He was excited to ask about his potential…what it would take and how he should prepare to undertake the task. He asked, “How could I know if I am a church planter?” I could not help thinking about how…

Want Your Church to Grow?

Posted on February 16, 2016
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So you want your church to grow, do you?  Listen, I get it, every pastor wants their church to grow. And it’s not just selfish ambition, although there will always be some of that. On our best days, we know the hard work we put into preaching and pastoral care, in equipping our people to…