The One #Shame Forgets

When Judy and I lost our church in the Northwest over 20 years ago our world fell apart. The wonderful ministry our hearts had been welded to was suddenly over. We moved, leaving behind cherished friends, our children’s entire life (we even had to leave our...

Pastor, You Feel Unsafe Because You Are

A friend asked me if I’d be willing to spend time with his young pastor. We shared a meal and talked about church. The more the young pastor talked the more uneasy I felt. I’ve learned over the years to identify that uneasiness as the Spirit compelling me...

All Leaders Fail

fear of failure One of or most faithful and sincere small group leaders made a mistake. That’s what he did. That’s what we all do.  The only way to avoid making mistakes is to avoid leadership. Specific contracts between you and the Lord Jesus that you...

Instead of Easy Growth By Numbers

Church leader, what is it that you hope to actually accomplish? Notice I didn’t ask, “How large is your church?” The question is, “What do you want to accomplish?” Not what you hope might happen if you play the numbers by attracting...

Sparking Intentional Discomfort

If you’re seeking to create lasting change in your church or leadership team, there’s no way to avoid discomfort, the discomfort that works both ways. Want to see people actually change and begin to heal from unresolved issues from their home of origin...

Who Turned Out The Lights In That Church?

The first Sunday I drove past the little church on the corner over twenty years ago it was a thriving little fellowship of believers. The parking lot was full and people were hanging around after church talking, smiling, even laughing with one another. Year by year,...