10 Easy Steps to Spoil a Child

Have you ever wanted a spoiled child?

It is easy.
Here’s a 10-step quick formula guaranteed to produce results:

Give children everything they want.
Never tell them no.
Fight with your spouse over discipline.
Put children first, even over your spouse.
Strive to make every moment “the greatest moment of their life”.
Teach them they are the [...] Continue Reading…

5 of the Worst Leadership Traits I’ve Observed

Someone asked me a great question recently. It came from a young pastor. He appears to be doing a great job leading, but he wants to do better. I admire that. I hope he (and I) continue that attitude throughout his career (and mine).

His question was this:

Knowing what you [...] Continue Reading…

One thing that separates the best leaders…

In my observation…

The best leaders learn from their mistakes.

They improve. They develop strengths and minimize weaknesses. They ask forgiveness, receive grace and move forward in spite of their past or their shortcomings. They attempt to do better the next try.

Poor leaders dwell in their mistakes.

They run from them. [...] Continue Reading…

5 Legitimate Fears of a Church Planter

Having participated in two church plants as a planter, and now working with church planters on a regular basis in a coaching capacity, I know first hand the fears associated with planting a church. It’s a leap of faith and one God is calling many to these days.

My theory [...] Continue Reading…

7 Ways to Protect Your PK…Pastor’s Kid in Ministry

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I’ve written extensively about protecting the family in ministry. Recently my wife has guest posted about the unique role of the pastor’s wife. One comment I received was well taken. She basically said…”What about the PK’s? Who is looking out for them? Many disappear from the church as adults.”

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There is No Such Thing as Ordinary

This is a guest post by my friend Michael Kelley. Michael is Director of Discipleship, Lifeway Church Resources Division and an awesome author, husband, father and friend. I’ve shared his stuff before, because I believe in him and his work. As he releases his next book, I invited him [...] Continue Reading…

6 Thoughts for the Pastor’s Wife

This is another guest post from my wife Cheryl. She’s amazing. (Except she only did six :) )
Here are 6 Suggestions for the Pastor’s Wife:
You aren’t the pastor…don’t try to be

Ever had a church member complain to you about the lack of parking? The worship center is too cold [...] Continue Reading…