15 reasons why pastors can’t lead effectively

The typical American evangelical pastor has this problem.
  Brian Thorstad

5 observations about the turn inward

It is often the turn inward which sends churches on a one-way journey to obscurity. Here are five observations about this tragic mistake.
  Brian Thorstad

Book review: Hit the Bullseye

Paul Borden’s Hit the Bullseye: How Denominations Can Aim the Congregation at the Mission Field, is even more timely now than when the author penned it.
  Brian Thorstad

5 facts about leadership capital

At times, as a transitional pastor, I am granted a surprising amount of leadership capital with which to lead churches through healing, change and reconciliation.
  Brian Thorstad

Book review: The Unstuck Church

Tony Morgan’s book, The Unstuck Church: Equipping Churches to Experience Sustained Health is a tremendous tool for ministry leaders.
  Brian Thorstad

The importance of love in leadership

Typically the words “leadership” and “love” are not found in the same sentence unless someone tells you “they love to do leadership.”
  Brian Thorstad

Book review: Designed to Lead

What? Another book on leadership? Yes, it is, but Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development has a different take on the subject.
  Brian Thorstad

8 questions to help your church focus its outreach

Here are eight questions a leadership team can ask to discover their target group.
  Brian Thorstad

3 advantages of choosing a target group

In my experience of helping churches with strategic-planning tasks, the most controversial part of the process is choosing a target or focus group.
  Brian Thorstad

A new opportunity for senior leadership

If you're a senior pastor who is uncertain about your future, consider your impact through interim ministry.
  Brian Thorstad

How to initialize God's design for your church leadership

Just about everyone knows that vision is important. Should a church leadership team expect God to convey the same vision to each of them, simultaneously?
  Brian Thorstad

Book review: Working With Emotional Intelligence

As biblical leaders, we shouldn’t need this book, Working With Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman, but we do.
  Brian Thorstad

Assumptions ministry leaders make about ownership

Does God offer stock options? What does ministry ownership look like from His perspective?
  Brian Thorstad

Book review: I Once Was Lost

Delightful. That’s my one-word review of the book by Presbyterian pastor Don Everts and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship coordinator, Doug Schaupp (IVP Books).
  Brian Thorstad

4 ways great churches keep it simple

Great churches can’t make everything simple. However, some important matters can be simplified, and the results are worth all the trouble it takes to get there.
  Brian Thorstad

3 ways great churches focus on action

It sounds simplistic, but I believe it’s true. Mediocre churches focus on words; great churches focus on actions.
  Brian Thorstad

6 ways leading a worship team is like leading a church

Leading a team is no easy task. Here are six leadership lessons I learned when put in this position.
  Brian Thorstad

3 challenges to the traditional search committee

Re-thinking pastoral succession is not going to be easy.
  Brian Thorstad

How to create an inviting small group

Consider these 10 tips on how to improve your groups.
  Brian Thorstad

Book review: Pastor Unique

This book, Pastor Unique: Becoming a Turnaround Leader, is a roadmap for real change.
  Brian Thorstad

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Ben Marshall

Ben Marshall is a Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Holland, Michigan. He oversees youth ...

Mike Mack

Smallgroupologist Michael Mack believes life change happens best in groups because he has experienced it ...