Church members rarely argue about the real issue. Whether it's about the style of worship or the color of the carpets, most conflicts are really about getting our way.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is undergoing an unprecedented leadership change and new organizational structure. But another shoe will soon drop.
Featuring numerous church programs and parties, Advent is a busy time of year for a minister. Here are five precautions to ensure your minister doesn't run out of gas before Christmas Eve.
How do pastors become really "big dogs" in the eyes of their church members? It's not how loud you bark that makes the difference; it's what you do over time.
Ministers have a unique and uneasy relationship with grief. When a church member dies, they drop everything to help others grieve. Their own grief must be postponed for another day.
Sooner or later, most ministers will face a crisis that threatens to get out of control in a congregation's life. Here are five things to remember when the "swamp is on fire."
Churches are often the last of the charitable organizations to recover after a recession. Here are four keys to help your church get out from behind the eight ball.
Harold Camping, who incorrectly predicted the end of the world on May 21, illustrates the pitfalls that occur by those who attempt to interpret all of Scripture literally.
Calling heaven a fairy tale, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking likened the human brain to a computer. His logic is irrefutable – if we assume solely the framework of science and what we can measure and weigh.
As you read quotes on websites and in newspapers and listen to people suggest the "sky is falling," one thing is clear. Truth is influenced by context and speaker bias.
Trustees OK'd a roadmap to chart the future of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. To pave the way, the seminary will sell existing buildings, raise transitional dollars and fund a $10 million endowment.
More often than not, relying on someone with experience is good for an organization. However, experience can hold an organization back and cripple our best hopes and dreams.
We're all a little like the "blue-haired lady" in church, who's profoundly resistant to change. However, to work through this tough economy, churches will have to make changes. Here are three steps to take.
Thriving churches must recognize the culture in which they're rooted, understand there's more than one way to do ministry, and acknowledge that change is a sign of life.
In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, our society needs prophetic voices from church pulpits condemning the excesses of the left and the right that seek to elevate their own political agendas.
Can you help your church by going fishing? It might be possible. Check out these seven resolutions to increase the health of your church and help your minister.
Many of us often make resolutions, such as losing five pounds or giving up that third cup of coffee. Ministers can make a resolution to change their lives and become better ministers. Here are seven.
Every church has an Oscar – a self-proclaimed troublemaker who often sounds off the discontent that many others are feeling. You may not believe it, but this troublemaker can be a minister's friend in disguise.
With churches struggling financially in these challenging financial times, many plan a single Sunday when members are urged to give sacrificially to catch up on the budget. It's a bad idea for several reasons.
The Georgia Baptist Convention has ousted a church from their ranks because the congregation has a woman as co-pastor. If the state's Baptists really have a problem, perhaps they should have voted God out.
The down economy has hit everyone hard, including churches. How do congregations navigate these economic waters? Here are five hard truths to help churches adjust to the new normal.
Ministers are a lot like fertilizer in the sense that they cause growth. And for a healthy ministry to flourish, the first place for that growth to begin is with the minister.
Why do many Baptist churches insist on unanimous recommendations from their pastor search committees? Many are insecure and don't want potential challenges to their recommendations on the church floor.
Many people are drawn to ministry because it is a caring profession, but letting an unhealthy system continue to pollute a congregation, and the lives of many people, is very unloving.
The key to ministry success is identifying the most strategic issue and resolving it. As orthodontists know, it takes constant pressure applied at just the right place.
How did Jim Furyk's pull off an unbelievable shot out of a wet sand bunker that helped him win more than $11 million? A lot of behind-the-scenes practice led up to that moment. Success in ministry is the same way.
Will affinity groups take place of denominations? Not likely. Denominational bodies exist to do what churches cannot do for themselves: missions, theological education and articulating values.
One can learn a lot of lessons after a table-saw accident, not the least of which is that tragedy strikes when we focus on the wrong thing. Here are four other lessons that apply to ministry.
Surfing takes a lot of effort to catch a wave and propel toward land. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship needs to catch a cultural wave, morphing into a decentralized system to propel it into the future.
Many ministers struggle with the role of ministry and their sense of self. Those who make peace with the role may find fulfillment and happiness in the ministry; those who can’t rarely stay in ministry.
Adults can learn some lessons when they teach Vacation Bible School. Children, for example, are as honest as the day is long. They're incredibly kind and generous. These are important lessons adults tend to forget.
We live in a new financial world, and congregations need to adjust quickly to this new reality. When it comes to planning your church's budget, you can either prepare for the future or avoid pain at all costs.
A 62-foot statue of Jesus in Ohio was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. An act of God? Maybe. It's certainly an illustration that the church is not an institution but a movement.
Nine professional baseball players rarely all work together to produce a perfect game. It has happened only 20 times in the history of baseball. So why do we expect a congregation of hundreds to play a perfect game?
Bill Hull's "Seminary in Crisis" is an interesting study in leadership and illustrates how one's leadership perspective is deeply rooted in personal experience and personality.
For ministers beginning their vocations, a few straightforward financial principles can help them start on the right foot and reach their retirement years in good shape.
Church life in modern America is characterized by the loss of a "consensus in the middle" and the growing influence of the extremes. With a weakened middle, many churches experience greater instability.