Men's ministry is lacking in many churches, so today we cover the four essentials churches should consider when launching or sustaining a men's ministry.
Unfortunately, pastors and staff members are forced out of churches every week. It's a pain that many in the ministry have felt at least once and maybe more.
Extramarital affairs by pastors and staff are a reality and when it happens, churches need to be prepared.
We celebrate episode 300 with cupcakes and listener questions. We cover everything from welcome packets to marketplace pastors to Bible Belt churches to refusing members or money.
Jimmy Scroggins joins us again and leads us through the major changes he had to make at Family Church as well as what he learned in the process.
Greeters are important to the first impression your church makes with guests. Today, we talk about where greeters should be, what they should do, and how to train them.
Unanimous votes are rare when pastors are hired. But what if the vote isn't even close to unanimous?
Multisite used to be something only large churches tried. Now, smaller churches are getting in on the strategy. Today we discuss why this is a good thing for smaller churches to consider.
When you hear these statements often as a pastor, you should be concerned. These statements are often lead indicators of church death.
Jimmy Scroggins returns to talk bivocational marketplace ministry and church-based ministry training.
Last week we discussed how to respond when church giving increases. Today, we look at the other side of the coin—decreased giving.
In my trends for 2017, I mentioned an increased intentionality on evangelism in the church. Today, we look at five keys to evangelistic growth in your church.
Today's episode may be a dream for many church leaders. But often, more money for churches can lead to more problems for churches if not handled well.
At the beginning of each year, we predict trends to look for in the church during the coming year. Today we explain why I chose these ten trends for 2017.
We look back at our trend predictions for 2016 and see how we fared.
Churches often find themselves with ministries that no longer fit their needs or the needs of those in the community. But pastors often struggle to eliminate them.
Jimmy Scroggins joins us to tell the story of Family Church in West Palm Beach, FL, and how they have moved to a model of neighborhood churches.
Church bully cartels are a very real problem in too many churches. Today we look at cartels and how to confront them when they are present in your church.
Today we examine six trends in church budgeting and salaries that affect churches of any size or denomination.
Invite Your One is an intentional high-attendance Sunday on which your church members are encouraged to invite others to church.
Mark Hall, founder of Casting Crowns, joins us to discuss worship, student ministry, and how he and Casting Crowns are rooted in their local church.
Jim Shaddix joins us to discuss what a healthy relationship between the pastor and worship leader looks like in the local church.
Louie Giglio joins us to discuss the wedding of worship and theology and how the Passion movement has made that a cornerstone of its existence for the past two decades.
Mike Harland joins us to kick off a four-part series on worship in the church by examining the four essential qualities of a worship leader.
When I look at what is happening in the Bible Belt, there are causes for concern as well as opportunities for growth.
With 70-80% of churches in decline, many are looking for ways to reverse the trend. These five questions will help you address the issue of decline in your church.
Healthy churches have healthy church staffs, but unresolved staff conflict can harm a church staff and keep a church from realizing her full potential.
Church financial issues can sometimes precipitate church death. So today we cover a post by Art Rainer on the warning signs of a financially dying church.
Christmas is right around the corner for churches, so today we discuss 10 ways your church can better reach those in your community this Christmas.
Drawing from a recent post on bad church guest experiences, we discuss how churches can respond to or avoid some of these issues.
Maintenance mode can take over in any church regardless of its age or its size. Today, we discuss how to combat it and how to stay focused on the mission.
Church compensation is always a hot topic of discussion, so on a recent trip through Nashville, William Vanderbloemen stopped in to discuss some new research and what he's seeing right now in churc...
Zechariah 4 serves as the textual basis for today's discussion on being a biblical church member.
We cover listener questions on a host of topics including multi-level marketing in the church—something we've never really discussed on the podcast or blog.
Jared Wilson joins us today to talk about how writing informs blogging and vice versa as well as what it's like to go from pastoring in one of the most-churched states in America to one of the leas...
We conclude our two-part series on multiple styles of worship in today's episode.
In this first part of a two-part series on worship styles, we look at why you shouldn't have multiple styles of worship at your church.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., joins us to talk about cultural issues in the church and how pastors can best minister in our changing cultural landscape.
Its rare to find a church who doesn't think they are friendly. But don't be fooled, not all churches are friendly. They just think they are.
Discipleship is critical to many aspects of the church, but today we discuss the link between the lack of discipleship and dropping out of church. It's a much closer link that you might think.
This recent post at ThomRainer.com sparked an intense debate on the subject of pastors and visitation.
I'm often asked for advice on discerning a call to ministry. Dr. Jason Allen joins us to flesh out this call and discuss his new book on the topic.
The relationship between the music leader and a pastor is one of the most important relationships in the church. In this episode Mike Harland explains why.
Virtual outsourcing can be a real advantage for churches when used appropriately. We cover nine areas that can save churches time and money in this episode.
Dying churches is a frequent topic on the blog. Today, we discuss four specific models of churches that can be considered on a path to death.
Reflecting on a post by Sam Rainer, we discuss the parameters of when office hours are needed—and not needed—for church staff.
Other than salary and benefits, these ministry tools of the trade can be some of the most helpful for pastors and church staff.
As multiple worship services become more normative, the reasons people choose one worship service over another are not quite as simple as worship style.
Mike Harland joins us again to discuss worship in the church and how multiple styles can segregate generations within a local community of faith.
Church bullies are a problem in many churches. Here are eight ways to spot them in your church.