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Reflections on 15 years of revitalization at my church

The first five years were brutal. There were three different movements to get me fired. In the midst of all the hostility and adversity, God was still building his church.

Let your church hear you sing

Do you love the members of your church enough to minister to them through song?

4 ways to undermine your Christian witness on social media

Jesus laid out a good rule of thumb for all of our online interactions when he said, “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Spiritual Fathering

It seems as if everyone is talking about pastoral mentorship these days. Not a week goes by that I don’t receive something in the mail at my office that reminds me of the importance of training younger men in pastoral ministry—a task that I embrace and seek to practice wholeheartedly. But most of the material…

Aiming at a Christ-Shaped Church

The aim of change for any declining local church is revival, growth, and maturity in Christlike love for God and His people. As a pastor, nothing gives me greater joy than to see God’s people being renewed in their desire to know God intimately, to praise Him passionately, and to love His people without hypocrisy.…

Healthy Church Structure for Church Revitalization

The necessity of healthy church structure has been a challenge from the time that the church began. It is not a new dilemma. Acts 2 describes how the first church developed a basic structure for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. As the church grew and additional challenges surfaced, the leaders added structure to take care…

Becoming an effective Church Revitalizer

One of the frequent questions asked of me regarding church revitalization is, “What are the requirements for being effective in church revitalization?” Mark Clifton, in his book Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches, has done an excellent job in outlining the characteristics necessary for a church revitalizer. I do not want to just repeat his thoughts,…

Church Revitalization begins with Personal Revitalization

And as we identify critical issues we must apply biblical wisdom to address them. But, before we begin with the corporate we should begin with ourselves – with our own hearts.

Here’s a better way to determine your spiritual gifts

If you give yourself to other believers in the church, you will inevitably be using your gifts.

Pursue God, not pornography

If you’ve got areas in your life that you are intentionally keeping in the dark, you’ve not only got to confess your sin, but you’ve got to attach yourself to people who can help keep you accountable.

Future pastors need ministry experience. Here are 3 ways to serve while in seminary

Seminarians study and write papers. But when it comes to being ready for ministry, one qualification usually remains the most elusive: experience.

How do pastors fight pornography?

Don’t think that because you are a pastor you’re beyond using the common means that porn strugglers typically use.

Hope for the Discouraged Shepherd

Whether you are revitalizing a church in critical condition, planting a new church, or shepherding a flock in stable condition, you will experience the weight of the cross.

Don’t miss God’s grace in heavy providences

When people look at us, do they see a people gloriously uneasy in this world because we’re longing for another?

Center your preaching on Spurgeon’s 3 R’s

Spurgeon called the 3 R’s “three doctrines that must be preached above all else,” and they draw from three different chapters of Scripture that “deal with the things in the fullest manner:” Genesis 3:14-15 (Ruin), Romans 3:21-26 (Redemption), John 3:1-8 (Regeneration). Why do I think it makes a good preaching or evangelism method? Because each of…

Three ways to show church members the value of regular church attendance

What if you miss something bigger than missing out on a sermon or singing when you don’t gather with your church body?

5 Reasons Church Revitalization is Risky

Church revitalization leaders should be consummate students of risk-taking.

Pastor, God may lavish you with uncomfortable grace

The pages of Scripture overflow with the doctrine of uncomfortable grace.