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Mark Tidsworth

Pastoral leadership is often marked by deep loneliness, especially when ministers are passive about cultivating personal relationships. To thwart it, pastors must make a commitment to cultivating this part of their lives. […] Read More

Visioning was popular in churches back in their heyday before 2000. Visioning still has its place, but using outdated visioning processes ends up positioning us to be effective 1980s-type churches. Here’s where to focus. […] 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

Not everyone in your congregation will be ready to transform your church from where you are to where you need to be. That’s OK. You’ll never have unanimity, but that shouldn’t stop you from creating a covenant for transformation. […] Read More

Regardless of denomination, churches are bleeding members. To turn it around, they need to give up the church-as-we-have-known-it mindset and be willing to transform. These five components show your church is ready. […] Read More

Distrust for franchised organizations is on the rise, and that distrust applies to churches. Here’s how churches can reach people and communities who view them with a wary eye. […] Read More

How do you know when your church is ready for change? Pastors, church staff and lay leaders should ask these six questions before moving forward with major changes. […] Read More

He’s been our stable and reliable friend for so long, that “Average Sunday Attendance” (ASA) metric. We knew what he meant and maximized his role. We accepted his gift of reliable information, integrating him into so much of what we do. He informed our reports to our denominations, our monthly leadership team reports and our […] Read More

What are the cultural themes of the day? Division, greed, injustice, discrimination, selfishness, hate, fear – enough, please! So many in North America are fed up with the prevailing cultural winds blowing through our communities in 2018. Many of us are shaking our heads, muttering, “There’s got to be a better way to be human […] Read More