Earlier this week at ThomRainer.com:
- Five Reasons Why Pastors Are Getting Fired Because of Their Social Media Posts
- Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Terrible Bosses – Rainer on Leadership #308
- Seven Reasons the Pastor’s Honeymoon Ends
- Should You Start a Podcast? Eight Diagnostic Questions
- Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Great Bosses – Rainer on Leadership #309
In 1859, an American minister named “Rev. H.” traveled to London to meet the famous pastor of the New Park Street Chapel. When Spurgeon discovered his guest was from Alabama, his “cordiality sensibly diminished.” A six-month American preaching tour would expedite the construction of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, but could Southerners tolerate Spurgeon’s stance against slavery? When Spurgeon asked his guest this question, the Alabamian said he “had better not undertake it.” This advice might have saved Spurgeon’s life.
There are churches that are characterized as generous churches. What is it about these churches? What are some of their common practices that may contribute to a culture of generosity? Here are a few that I have found:
There are at least 7 distinct characteristics of Millennials I’ve come to appreciate as I’ve learned how to work with them, lead them and even befriend them. The characteristics are relevant whether you’re dealing with paid staff or volunteers (or maybe even your kids). Once you understand them, things become a lot easier. In my view, working with Millennials (and hanging out with them) is one of the great rewards and pleasures of leadership.
If you are in charge of your church’s website then you’ve got a lot on your plate. I’m sure the last thing you want is someone telling you what you’re doing wrong. Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. However, my hope is that these suggestions will not add more work to your already busy schedule. Instead, my goal is to give you some focus and help improve your effectiveness. Here are four things your church might be doing wrong with its church website:
There are times when pastors and members of small churches can feel discouraged when they look at their numbers. The people of God long to see their churches full of souls who are being saved and shepherded. It is tempting to look online at your favorite preacher’s church and see scores of people who pour into his church’s services. Our culture is consumed with results and numbers as a way of validation. There are many small time pastors who are faithful to preach the gospel and in a moment of despair ask, “Why are our pews empty? Does God not bless faithful preaching?” Friend, don’t fixate upon your numbers as a means of validation.
When ministry leaders start to consider an intentional plan for developing leaders, inevitably they get to this question. The answer to the question will dramatically impact how they execute leadership development. Here is the big question about leadership development for church leaders: What will be centralized?