Earlier this week at ThomRainer.com:
- Seven Common Reasons Churches Have a Dramatic Decline in Attendance
- How to Leave a Legacy as a Leader – Rainer on Leadership #350
- Five Reasons Church Organizational Changes Fail
- Six Small Tweaks That Make Big Differences for Your Church Website
- Five Really Bad Reasons for Entering the Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #351
As I’ve grown older in ministry, younger pastors sometimes ask if I can mentor them, even if for a limited period of time. These relationships are always a blessing. But, there are mistakes pastors make when seeking a mentor. Three such mistakes are 1) thinking your mentor has to be a celebrity pastor, 2) that mentoring is always one person teaching the other, and 3) that only young pastors need mentors. Not. True.
Leadership sometimes demands confrontation, but I don’t know many leaders who simply like doing it. Here are reasons some leaders struggle with confronting even when the confrontation is necessary:
I don’t know of any church leader who wants visitors to their services to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable. And yet it still surprises me that many churches still don’t think through some of the ways, both obvious and subtle, that work against making visitors feel “at home” with the congregation. If you’re a church leader who cares about the experience of hospitality for those who visit your church services, I hope you will work through the following questions with eyes open to the impression your church may be leaving visitors.
Rather than seeing things through the lens of an outsider, you begin to evaluate church based on other factors which probably make it hard for the church to accomplish our mission. Here are some bad ways to evaluate your church experience, and one good one.
The evidence that many married men and married women are using Facebook as a means to communicate emotionally and/or sexually outside of their marriage is overwhelming. Massive amounts of research pertaining to Facebook infidelity and related topics have been conducted by other researchers as well as myself. To bring you up to date, below are some key bullet points of what’s happening on the Facebook-infidelity front:
Discipling our kids is far too important to hand off to others—as godly and loving as they may be. And that takes us back to our primary concern—we know we need to disciple our kids and we want to do it, but how do we actually do it? Here are eight tips to help you disciple your kids: