If you're doing any, some or all of these things, you could be working longer and harder than you need to.
Before you preach next Sunday, Rick Warren wants you to ask yourself one question that could change everything.
Pastors, lock on to this one concept and you'll find a great deal more success in both areas.
Are you and your staff simply focused on putting more bodies in the pews or on making disciples? Here are some things that can help with the latter.
If this particular element isn't involved when starting a new church, George Wood says you may simply be building on sinking sand.
Are you really serious about the message you're trying to get across? Media consultant Phil Cooke says some books, while helpful, miss the mark with the really important aspects of God's Kingdom.
Where do we find God's will? There are several popular teachings that may sound good but actually could lead you down the wrong path.
You may never have to be the bearer of bad news to good people, but you should tuck these four points away just in case...
It's not like cigarette smokers are demonic, evil people. But should they been allowed on the worship team?
If you begin to think like this, you can open the door to an unhealthy flow in your worship service.
Good leaders rise to the occasion to make tough decisions. Here are some questions to help you draw from God's wisdom in the process.
There are probably more than 21 mistakes you can make that stunt your church growth. But let's start with the low-hanging fruit. Are you falling into any of these traps?
If you want to be a leader, it will do you a lot of good to listen to these people who have outstanding leadership qualities. Some of these might surprise you.
Here is how you can spot standout youth leaders almost instantly. From your experience, what are some other characteristics that fit into this category?
If your church isn't doing these 6 things, it's time to start. Souls are at stake.
When is the last time you laughed so hard with your team that you cried? Has that ever happened?
Our mission is Jesus' mission, which is to show and share the love of Jesus. How do we get students involved in that?
If you want to be a leader and a part of what God is doing, you must make this your No. 1 priority.
Here are some comparisons between the two. Which category does your church fall into?
Here are some things that ministerial leaders would like search committees to know when they are looking for a new pastor.
When bad things happen to you as a servant of God, do you always search for the reason they happen?
Do you strive to see lives transformed with your church members? Follow these five suggestions for your small groups and watch what happens.
Find out why this simple principle of preaching takes a lifetime to master and why it's worth it.
Nehemiah was a man of action. Here are some of the things that made his ministry—and possibly can make yours—successful.
How do you measure disciple-making in your church? Here are some ways to gauge how you're doing in this crucial area.
Titles don't trump character. These four questions will help you determine where you stand with your leadership skills.
Every sermon you preach isn't going to wow the masses. But then do you sometimes find yourself getting lazy with your messages?
If you're doing this, then your ability to lead effectively might just be waning.
Here are some suggestions about what to do about a pastor who has become ineffective and who has let his congregation 'die' around him.
Here are some key questions church officials should ask every potential staff candidate during the interview process.
How far in advance to you devise your sermons? Here's why it's beneficial to plan ahead—way ahead.
Pastor, are you praying about moving on? How do you know it's God's will? Here are seven scenarios that could speak volumes.
If you want your church members to "go" and preach the gospel, you'll need to equip them with the right tools. Ed Stetzer offers strategic advice for evangelism-minded pastors.
Can you imagine what would happen in America if every church spent an entire Sunday morning worship service focused on prayer for revival in the church and awakening in America?
Bishop Joseph Mattera asks if a person cannot submit to a process of biblical training and character development in the context of a local church, then how can they be properly prepared to shepherd a flock under God?
Do you have a specific routine that you follow prior to stepping into the pulpit? What is it?
How do you guard against these negative elements that can dampen or even destroy your ability to lead?
In the second of a two-part series, Saddleback Church's Rick Warren explains more principles of influence that ministerial leaders should recognize.
Churches and pastors must respect the razor's edge between obscurantism and syncretism.
Worship: What steps have you taken or will you take to address these excuses?
Get honest with yourself and check your heart against these 8 distinctions between bosses and leaders.
Do you know of someone who says he or she wants to serve, but is only interested in the position and the honor?
Even when the chipper "worship leader" in contemporary churches bounds on stage and predictably beckons everyone to "stand and worship," the people compliantly obey the stand command, but then they turn into mute mannequins.
Do you take the time to consider the emotional, mental, physical and relational health of the people you serve?
For the most part, everyone likes receiving kind and encouraging words. Responding in an appropriate way, however, isn't always so easy.
Getting acquainted with these kinds of ministerial leaders could be beneficial to your own spiritual life.
Are you carrying around a hidden burden? Here's why you should at least tell someone you trust.
Churches with a simple strategy are vibrant and growing. Here's why complex churches, are struggling and anemic.
What are you doing with the time, resources and influence that God gave you as a ministerial leader?
Here are some signs that a church might simply need to undergo some revitalization.