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Dr. Greene writes on a wide range of topics important to leaders, church administrators and young leaders in development.
He has lead business organizations, served as a dean of a college of business and lead as a senior pastor. Greene's primary focus is to equip the leaders of saints.Read Greenelines
On the eve of Valentine's Day, Pastor Mark Rutland pays a heartfelt tribute to his parents, who recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.
What are the benefits of attending church regularly? What reasons are you giving visitors to come back?
While we should be thankful the message of evangelism never changes, we should pray that we will always be sensitive to the changing methods so that many people will have the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
As a ministerial leader, have you been faced with the task of church revitalization? How did you handle it?
Here are some questions and insights that might help lead you in the right direction.
As pastors and leaders, don't you think we must set an example with our time management as a point of accountability?
When people come to your church to worship, are you helping them or are you interfering with their offering to God?
Successful leaders adhere to successful principles, such as these.
If you're a pastor or a minister of the gospel and you hear this, say thank you and run.
Are you as a church body and administration focused on building buildings or building people?
These are some of the reasons why leaders lose their effectiveness to guide their underlings.
Do you consider yourself a risk taker? Are these risks that you take?
Here's why in a world where Fifty Shades of Grey has become wildly popular in the secular world, leaders cannot afford to pretend that their ministry or even their assumed spiritual maturity is enough to keep them on the narrow road.
Here's why a healthy dose of both is necessary for your congregation.
Are there certain aspects of the offertory in your church that are working or not working?
Do you think peace across generations prevails in your own denomination? If so, why? Are there other things that can be done to encourage peace between generations in a denomination?
Pastor, be honest. Do you have someone in your life you could call when you're at your lowest point in ministry?
Does that sound strange? But here's what a great children's minister is doing.
What once was the favor of a reply has evolved into the burden to reply.
Here's why if you're not utilizing sermon series, you could be missing out on an incredible way to teach others about the Bible.
How you go about riding out difficult seasons in your ministry will determine whether or not you will persevere.
Leaders respond to adversity and failure, learn and set a course for the next desired outcome. In the face of staunch criticism, that's exactly what Seattle Coach Pete Carroll did Sunday.
Here's how to continually evaluate your progress and make the necessary adjustments to grow healthy while growing larger.
Do you see these signs in yourself, or in other leaders you know?
Are we grace-oriented or solution-oriented when it comes to our Christian witness?
Are you able to budget your time wisely? Why or why not?
Like Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Communist hearings in the 1950s, church strong arms need to be dealt with.
Do you observe some or all of these? What do you need to work on?
Executive pastors have a demanding role. For those struggling with it, here's some good advice from a 28-year veteran.
As a songwriter, if your personality doesn't possess this one trait, chances are you will fail.
Here are some practical and hospitable suggestions for when a guest speaker comes to your church.
Is your church one of these busy congregations? What will you do to remedy that?
Elmer Towns' new book reveals the trends and movements that have most impacted the church in the last 100 years.
Does your church make it a priority to minister to singles or is that a ministry that goes virtually ignored?
Here's how to make your sermons stand out rather than just throw out a bunch of words with little connection.
What is stopping you from adopting each of the characteristics in your own leadership, starting today?
Why do many young people and professionals in our churches feel limited rather than celebrated and released into their callings?
Is the reason that so many evangelical churches have grown so rapidly not necessarily because of a true spiritual revival but because of cultural accommodation?
What does it mean to be a 'generous church?' What is your definition of that phrase?
What can we do—in light of God's sovereignty—to prepare and plead for revival?
What can you add to this list? What has worked for you?
Here's why congregation members should hold off on their requests to the pastor before a service, and why pastors should avoid the distraction.
You may feel you are called to be a leader, but these factors could be holding you back.
America's greatest need is the next great move of God. These actions can help us get there.
Are we teaching our congregation members to depend on us or depend on the Holy Spirit when we worship?
Here's how to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Every church congregation has to choose whether it is willing to hear from God or to be rocked to sleep by the Lord's messenger. Which one characterizes your church?
The high court may or may not do its job. Here's why we must make sure, no matter what, that we do ours.
What other distractions regarding worship music have you seen?