What Roaches, High Heels, and Unbelievers Hav...

September 26, 2016 | Posted by Emilie Finke

They’re all a little scary at first, aren’t they? Your first encounter with an armor-clad post-apocalyptic bug might have given your stomach a jolt. Your first steps in stilettos probably didn’t paint you as particularly graceful. And meeting new unbelievers… well, it has the potential to be a combination of stomach-jolting and stiletto tromping. Seriously. […]


3 Ways Pain Is a Great Teacher

September 22, 2016 | Posted by John Kieschnick

In January of 1986 a layman and I attended a leadership conference at a church in southern California. Sadly, during one of the days of the conference, the shuttle, Challenger, was destroyed on re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere.  Since I was privileged to pastor a church two blocks south of the Johnson SpaceCenter, it had a […]


Be Great At What You’re Great At

September 19, 2016 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

What does Café Du Monde in New Orleans’ French Market, and Hudsons Hamburgers in Coeur d’Alene have in common? Nothing and everything. They know the one thing they do best, and they do it with relentless determination. They have managed over the years to not get distracted by the pull toward the multiplicity of options. They are […]


Three Ways to Keep Your Congregation Focused ...

September 15, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

As a motorcycle rider, I love leaning my bike into a nice tight, banked curve. Those who don’t ride, and inexperienced riders, may not realize that riding the curves is more of a mental exercise than a technical skill. Yes, you have to know how to control the machine. However, the brain, more precisely, the […]


Five Ways to Develop Spiritual Leaders

September 12, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

A quick perusal of available titles on Amazon reveals that, when it comes to books on church ministry, pastors reign supreme. Though I was able to locate one book on the ministry of church executive assistants to the pastor, most “church secretary” books were handbooks or how-to’s on creating effective administrative structures. Though there are […]


Making Meaningful Pastoral Visits

August 29, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

I’ve observed that many of the most effective and beloved pastors (and elders, too!) were those who had a plan for regular visitation of the people of God in their spiritual care. Those visits might be in the home, at lunch near work, or some other place. They might be once a year or once […]