One of a preacher’s greatest challenges is choosing what to preach and when. So much rides on your decision. Attendance. Growth in Christ. Momentum. And most of all, God’s purposes for your church. Here are 7 lessons I’ve learned that help us pursue a perfect preaching calendar. 1. For everything, there is a season. Certain times […]
Are you the kind of person who likes to plan? If you are, you probably have your sermon series lined out for 2023, you know the date for next Easter, and you could tell me what’s coming at your church six months from now. You’re the kind of person who loves a good plan, and […]
Christmas visitors are not like normal visitors. Every year a significant percentage of them will leave your Christmas services with good feelings, but no thoughts of returning soon. They came because it was the thing to do. They don’t expect to be back until Easter. How can you change those expectations so they’ll return sooner?
Would you like to preach just a bit better this weekend? And even better the next weekend? What if you had the tips, ideas, insight, coaching and feedback to become a world-class preacher? That would be cool, right? Without turning your back on what you learned in your preaching class in seminary and from the master preachers in the […]
You can Lead a Tour to Israel Have you ever thought about leading a tour from your church to the Holy Lands? But you didn’t pursue it because you didn’t know how to make it happen? It’s another pastor-skill that you just don’t learn in seminary. I’m wrapping up my third tour this week and thought […]
Your church can be used by God to lead people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It doesn’t happen by accident, though. All of heaven is cheering for the evangelistic fervor and effectiveness of your church, but your actions make a difference. After twenty-five years of experience I can say that reaching people for […]
One of my favorite places on earth is the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. The last time we were in Jerusalem our guide took us to the part of the Wailing Wall that is underground and to the left of the well-known Western Wall Plaza. We stood at Warren’s Gate, a couple stories down, directly in […]
Would you like to have a vision for your church that brings meaning, momentum, fruit, and growth? It’s possible – and likely – for you to see the fruit that comes when your church is united behind a compelling vision. You may wonder what vision is, how to get it, and what to do with […]