How to rise above conflict

Use these tools to manage your response to adversity.
  Bud Brown

2 reasons pastors give up

Over the past five years, my colleagues and I have noticed a disturbing trend in plateaued and declining churches.
  Bud Brown

5 reasons pastors need to be assertive

Pastors of plateaued and declining church should take note of these “whys” behind assertiveness.
  Bud Brown

How changing attitudes can increase evangelism

When push comes to shove, the church leadership will tell you, “I want the church to change how they behave in the matter of…”
  Bud Brown

Why pain precedes change

Here are reasons great pain often precedes restoration.
  Bud Brown

2 reasons pastors resist change

Here is why innovation is difficult for most pastors.
  Bud Brown

Book review: Building the Body

In Building the Body: 12 Characteristics of a Fit Church, Gary L. MacIntosh and Phil Stevenson identify characteristics that distinguish fit churches from the merely healthy.
  Bud Brown

The prayer God always answers

Here are four of Jesus' promises that are sure to impact your leadership.
  Bud Brown

Where to push for church revitalization

When leaders understand the three components of church culture and push in the right places their success rate improves—dramatically.
  Bud Brown

The problem with discipleship today

I learned more about leadership and discipleship in the three years I spent in prison than I learned in eight years of seminary.
  Bud Brown

3 steps to discern vision

So, you want to lead your church through revitalization! That’s good news. You’ve set yourself on a noble journey. But where do you start?
  Bud Brown

Clarity: a crucial behavior for transformation

People doubted his ability to lead the church off a plateau. He doubted himself when it came to transformational leadership. Then, something amazing changed everything.
  Bud Brown

Book review: Forward

Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders, by Ronnie W. Floyd, is a cheery sketch of a gifted pastor’s judgment about the future of pastoral leadership in the context of a rapidly culture and crusty tribalism within the church and without.
  Bud Brown

“Pastor” is a leadership title

It isn’t the pastor's whole of responsibility, but it is a mission critical component for any church that wants to revitalize and return to the place of effective evangelistic ministry in its community.
  Bud Brown

Courage: essential for turnaround leaders

Are you courageous? How do the daily choices you make reflect this quality?
  Bud Brown

Good leaders practice making good decisions

Decisions. How we make them says a lot about how we're wired.
  Bud Brown

Help your pastor succeed by doing what you enjoy

What guidance do you have for a younger pastor?
  Bud Brown

What drives your motivation?

Pastoral ministry is a boiling cauldron of relentless deadlines, impossible demands, unreasonable expectations, and inadequate resources.
  Bud Brown

4 potent prayers to invigorate evangelism

These four, simple prayers will help solve a pastor’s most enduring and most important problem.
  Bud Brown

Learn to juggle chickens if you want to lead a church turnaround

Turnaround pastors manage restlessness, distractions and the unexpected differently than most pastors.
  Bud Brown

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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Jim Farrer

A broadly-trained church consultant, Jim Farrer is the founder of Vital Signs Church Consulting and ...

Charles Stone

Dr. Charles Stone is Lead Pastor at West Park Church (London, Ontario) and founder of ...