Moving From Inspirational to Transformational

“Transformation is not some future event but it is the present activity now.” Many times we see Facebook blubs or workplace posters strategically placed in lunchrooms to restrooms trying to inspire people to produce more and make them feel better about themselves. You will see things like, “believe you can and you are halfway there”Continue reading “Moving From Inspirational to Transformational”

No gimmicks and more passion about the mission is the recipe for real revitalization.

If God has already provided the ordinary means of growing in grace as we find in His Word, why do we think that we have the right or the greater wisdom to invent new ways through entertainment-driven, success-oriented worship and ministry? Brian H Cosby, Giving Us Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Church IContinue reading “No gimmicks and more passion about the mission is the recipe for real revitalization.”

Something That is Working to Revitalize a Indiana Church

“Hard to really love your neighbor if you don’t at least know them!” – Darrell Sellers Recently my District Superintendent (pastor to pastors to those non-Nazarenes) posted an article titled “9 Things That Worked in the Church A Decade Ago That Don’t Today.” He then went on to comment that he wishes there would beContinue reading “Something That is Working to Revitalize a Indiana Church”

Honest Conversations: Have You Taken The Time To Consider…? Part 2

“The church needs less finger pointing and blaming and more prayer and anointing.” We will continue the discussion on the 3 part article that we must have with the church leadership in order for our churches to experience and live revitalization. The first part of the article we looked at the necessity for the pastor,Continue reading “Honest Conversations: Have You Taken The Time To Consider…? Part 2”

Revitalizers are willing to be Burden carriers?

Galatians 6:2-3 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. I was mowing the yard and I was thinking how things have changed over the years to make lawn mowing easier and easier. Back in the day, we would let theContinue reading “Revitalizers are willing to be Burden carriers?”

Reestablish the established church and her leadership for a post-pandemic reality

The established church has been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. Many churches have seen a decline in attendance by nearly 50% in the past year, while other churches have struggled under income loss. Leading an established church had its challenges long before the pandemic negatively affected the local body, but today, theContinue reading “Reestablish the established church and her leadership for a post-pandemic reality”

Six steps to renewal before God

 I am hearing about more and more pastors getting burned out due to ongoing issues related to the pandemic and leaving their churches. The past twelve months have been the most challenging in ministry for many fellow pastors. In reading in 1 Chronicle 17:16-27, I am reminded of David’s prayer as he comes before GodContinue reading “Six steps to renewal before God”

Four ways to lead better in a new season

I love it when the seasons change. It is a fresh start to reevaluate where I have been and where I want to go in the future. 2021 is beginning to be a year of unfolding seasons that reminds me of how we all should lean into new ministry seasons. Instead of fearing change, findContinue reading “Four ways to lead better in a new season”

Seeking God’s Potential in Us Through Prayer

2 chronicles 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Very few of the 5 billion people on this planet will ever maximize the full potentialContinue reading “Seeking God’s Potential in Us Through Prayer”

Building into the DNA of the Church a Mission-mindset

Over Eighty years ago, a missionary would travel to Jamaica’s island nation and begin to share his faith with those he encountered. As he approached a small dilapidated house with a dirt floor, he could see chickens running around in the yard and hear the laughter of children play off in the distance. He wouldContinue reading “Building into the DNA of the Church a Mission-mindset”