Pastoral Ministry
Has Your Strength Become a Weakness?

Has Your Strength Become a Weakness?

To find your greatest weakness, first identify your greatest strength and then look right behind it. That’s one of the tragic results of sin: it twists our strengths into weaknesses, just as (-1) x 100 becomes -100. Are you highly intelligent and well-studied in the...

Using Relational Wisdom for Evangelism

Using Relational Wisdom for Evangelism

How effective is your church in spreading the gospel in your community? Are you simply waiting for people to find their way to your church, or are you moving out into your community with a practical and winsome strategy for sharing the gospel and winning souls to...

How to Resurrect a Dead Relationship

How to Resurrect a Dead Relationship

A young couple came to my office just before Easter one year and asked me to mediate the legal issues of their divorce. The wife had been unfaithful, and their relationship had been shattered. They had argued, excused and blamed for a couple of weeks and finally given...

Strike the Shepherd

Strike the Shepherd

Forced pastoral exits are costing the American church over millions of dollars a year. The kingdom cost for these forced exits is far higher. Consider these sobering statistics: 23 percent of all current pastors in the United States have been fired or forced to resign...

A Wave of Confessions Saves a Church

A Wave of Confessions Saves a Church

At last he had his chance. Clutching his prepared statement in his hand, Mark sat down in the front pew, ready to get even with the elders (all names have been changed). Six months earlier they had refused to support his promotion to senior pastor. They had stood...

Four Amazing Church Discipline Cases

Four Amazing Church Discipline Cases

I’ve been involved in dozens of church discipline cases, both as an elder in my church and as a conciliator assisting other churches. Some of these cases were handled so badly that they resulted in multi-million dollar lawsuits. But some of them were handled so well...

Are You Relational or Informational?

Are You Relational or Informational?

  Many pastors are much better at imparting information than they are at building relationships. They are comfortable in their studies. They love their books. They pride themselves on their sound doctrine. They come alive in the pulpit as they proclaim “the...

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