Leadership for Dummies, it is not that complicated

What amazes me when I study leadership (in and out of the church) is how there are so many common themes I hear over and over again. Leaders (Senior Pastors, laypeople, etc) need to be honest, approachable, accountable, and consistent. What frustrates me is when I look back at myself, I knew what to do […]

My Social Media Marketing Strategy proposal for a church

social media strategy

Social Media Authentic–not focused on technological “FLASH” or even “ACTIVITY” but on ACCESSIBILITY of the ministry team, leading church followers to further ENGAGEMENT in God’s Word and how it applies to our lives, and over communication of the events and activities of the church. My four favorite Social Media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Hangout & Instagram […]

What to do when the doctors say, “It is terminal . . .”

What to do when the doctors say, “It is terminal . . .” This sentence has been on my mind for the last week or so since I learned of the terminal diagnosis of a 52 year old friend of mine from Fort Worth.  She and her husband were incredibly kind and compassionate to me […]

Keep the safety on guns and marriage

I have seen the awesome power of guns. I have heard of people innocently cleaning their gun and shockingly a spouse, a child, a brother is killed when an unrealized bullet is shot. In the heat of the argument people are killed and wounded for life. Limbs are lost, lives are ended, and in the […]

Fundraising ideas gleaned from nonprofit fundraising

From my 15 years of fundraising as a senior pastor and later Development Director, listed below are lessons I have learned and hope they may benefit you in your nonprofit.  Some may be adjusted for your church but much can be applied for a special fundraising campaign: Elements of a Successful Fundraising Campaign FOLLOW THE […]

My top 12 ideas for church growth . . .as a pastor or consultant

My top 12 ideas for church growth . . .as a pastor or consultant Expository preaching–focus on the product we are producing–believers who KNOW God’s Word inside and out.  See the pastor’s role as quartermaster giving the believers the tools they need for the work of service.  Equipping the saints for the work of ministry […]

Why Pastors should pursue an MBA instead of DMin

Why Pastors should pursue an MBA instead of DMin This article is not for everyone and I am sure many will disagree with my statement.  Not everyone is cut out to pursue additional degrees after the MDiv.  But if one is considering pursuing a DMin, I am addressing this article to you. I am starting […]

Why is the minister search process often so dysfunctional???

I am writing this post less as making a statement and more of actually asking for feedback.  I graduated from SWBTS with my MDiv in 2001 and have probably gone through 20+ minister search processes in some form or fashion over the years.  I have also served on a Director of Missions Search Committee as […]