How to Find Rest in Restless Times

I’ve been thinking about confessions lately. Augustine’s Confessions in particular. I even quoted The City of God in my Sunday message—I felt quite scholarly talking about inordinately...

The Antifragile Church

What does it really mean that the church exists for mission?

10 Things Great Leaders Do

Leadership is more important now than ever. In fact, good leadership is essential if we hope to make progress toward a better future. In well over three decades, I’ve...

Pivot the Way You Connect With Your People

Prior to COVID-19, we could connect with those in our congregation and communities almost whenever we wanted. We could have lunch with them, meet at local sports...

Defining Reality and Inspiring Hope During the Pandemic

Several of the most famous quotes about leadership point to the paradox of embracing the challenge of the season and giving vision and hope in the midst...

How Can We Help Others Uncover Their Spiritual Gifts?

The more we pastors help people discover, develop and deploy their spiritual gifts, the healthier our churches become. In this post I suggest six tips that can...

21 Great Practices You’ll Never Regret Adopting

You probably already have some regrets as a leader. I know I do. Not only as a leader, but as a husband, dad and friend too. Leadership is so...

Optimizing Online Services Without Cannibalizing In-Person Services

I keep hearing people say, “When it is back to normal …” Well, that ship has sailed. Even when it is “back to normal,” it will never be the...

Preaching Hope in the Midst of Despair

“We preach Christ. … God’s power and God’s wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:23–24). Rick Warren says a lot of what pastors are feeding their people is “ain’t it awful”...

Declaring God’s Victory in Times of Uncertainty

One of the most important tasks before us as leaders is declaring the certainty of God’s future in the face of the multiple crisis facing our people,...