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Healthy Churches

To bless your ministers and promote their health and well-being, you should encourage your pastor and ministerial staff to take at least one extra day off this week. In fact, insist on it. […] Read More

The grounds at Augusta National Golf Club, home to the Masters Tournament, are a rare combination of botanical gardens, nature preserve and golf course. Churches can learn valuable insights from this innovative organization. […] Read More

We all agree that it’s good for churches to have a clear vision and purpose. We disagree about how to live out that purpose. For some help, follow these 7 strategic-planning habits that Jesus modeled. […] Read More

Nearly every church has them. Those folks who are always ready with a negative comment. They can undermine the entire church. To combat this Recreational Complaint Syndrome, leaders must set the tone and be willing to listen. […] Read More

Local church pastors wish their congregations were aware of certain realities, but they are concerned that being too transparent could threaten their jobs. We present three more of those unspoken realities. […] Read More

Transparency can be vocationally dangerous. Pastors can’t always speak candidly to their church members but they would like you to know some key truths. Today, we examine three of them. […] Read More

Patterns of worship and ministry continually evolve in response to the currents of culture and emerging understandings of the faith pilgrimage. No matter how the Christian community evolves, here are seven thoughts to consider. […] Read More

A few generations ago, Sunday School and related programs began to lose their centrality for the nurturing task within church fellowships. Today, prospects for a thriving future of healthy churches are not promising. […] Read More

A new trend is emerging among churches seeking senior pastors. Pastor search committees are discovering that experienced associate pastors and ministry residents are prime candidates for their consideration. […] Read More

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Leadership in Turbulent Times” focuses on how the difficulties faced by four U.S. presidents made them each a better person and leader. It offers a leadership lesson for your church. […] Read More