Ministry Today proudly presents Greenelines, a new blog from Dr. Steve Greene.
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
When the process breaks down, ask yourself these important questions.
No matter your life plan and skill set, this is the key to your success.
If you're trying to do it by other methods, you might want to rethink your strategy.
Divorce, poverty and addictions are only some of these that you must help your congregation eliminate from their lives.
These can get you started off on the right foot with your new journey.
Now is the time to embrace the battle and move through it.
There are some bad apples in the bunch, but they are not the norm.
Burnout can easily overwhelm you. In fact, it's our default destination when all we do is coast along.
Take a personal inventory to see if any of these apply to you, and then seek God's guidance.
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years.
God made you to live a passionate life and to serve Him and His people with vitality.
In dead or dying churches the preacher has no unction to instill faith, motivate action or convict of sin.
It's amazing how many churches tend to be afraid to risk calling a preacher who was "let go" by his former church.
These tips from Proverbs can help you.
God is looking for people who will refuse the 30 pieces of silver.
A guest's first 12 minutes dramatically influence whether they're coming back or not.
It can cause a bevy of issues.
One of the most common sentences heard from church members may be one of the biggest lies you encounter.
It can be your most effective strategy.
If you lead worship, you've probably wrestled with this before.
Hint: None of them advocate playing games.
The results of recent surveys are unmistakable.
For your daily office activities, this makes sense.
Sometimes it helps to know you are not alone.
A prayerless church has a huge gap in their armor, making them unprotected during seasons of attack.
This is much more important.
By Jim Harris
Faithful Christian business leaders need to realize this powerful weapon is readily available to them.
Your ministry won't be effective without them.
Once you get rid of these, the trend is totally reversible.
With horror stories like Dylann Roof's massacre at Emanuel AME Church, how should you protect your flock?
Plant churches in markets where demand hungers for supply.
Diagnosing the exact cause(s) of being stuck in a holding pattern is critical.
These habits are easy to slip into and they are difficult to detect.
You need to do at least these three things.
All other incentives should be secondary.
Having a call does not mean you won't experience tough days. The only way one can thrive as a pastor is to have a secure call to the vocation.
The story in a classic novel by Washington Irving bears a striking resemblance to today's government in this country.
You may unknowingly be causing children to follow a "mutant" form of Christianity.
Prophetic worship is rooted in this. Passion can be faked.
One California pastor used to let these excuses rule his preaching. But one weekly challenge revolutionized his life—and his church.
God can use experiences like this show open your eyes to the darkness the enemy can plant in your heart.
Take the challenge. You will bless both yourself and your colleagues.
It's what Jesus would do.
In certain positions, the younger leader is a good or even sometimes better option.
And sometimes, church members don't even know they're doing it.
Whenever we focus on a truth to the exclusion of other aspects of truth, we end up in error.
When you're planning a sermon series, outreach or ministry, you must think of the various levels of spiritual maturity.
"Pastors, you need a break."
It's how God used Moses, David, Daniel and Esther mightily for His purpose.
It's something that is grossly neglected in thousands of churches across the U.S.