8 signs your church may be closing soon

We call it the death spiral. By the time I am contacted about a serious problem in a church, it is often too late.
  Thom Rainer

If Jesus were your pastor

If Jesus were a new pastor candidate, many congregations might hesitate hiring Him.
  Jim Farrer

A leader's call to prayer

It’s time for all pastors and church leaders to cry out to God with a sense of desperation.
  Bob Russell

8 major changes in churches the past 10 years

Change or die. Such has been the reality of too many congregations.
  Thom Rainer

8 tips for developing your workplace culture

These important qualities define organizations with a strong culture.
  Fred Noble

7 personality types of sick churches

Sick churches become dying churches. Dying churches become closed churches.
  Thom Rainer

Is your faith strong enough to survive persecution?

This gut-wrenching account of the persecution of fellow believers should challenge us to do several things.
  Bob Russell

How to find renewal during the busy months

Sometimes your schedule doesn't slow down—especially as a pastor. Here are tips to refresh yourself in the middle of a hectic calendar.
  Jim Farrer

7 characteristics of a lazy person

The following characteristics help distinguish between appropriate ambition and downright laziness.
  Bob Russell

Only serious writers will withstand technological challenges

How is technology changing the way you write and communicate?
  Ken Walker

Nurturing millennial leadership attitudes

How does leadership look different today? Here are three attitudes and how they could benefit your ministry.
  Bob Whitesel

The 3 biggest leadership obstacles

How will you handle the challenges? If you don’t make a decision, life will make one for you.
  Matthew Fretwell

Have you positioned yourself for God’s call to more?

The most important position for hearing and understanding God is a prayer position.
  Rob Streetman

Searching for perfect in the workplace

Is that realistic? How many people love everything about their job?
  Bob Russell

One word that will focus your ministry

As church leaders, we often hear many good ideas to further the mission of the church. The trick is determining which ideas are the best.
  Mark Lenz

3 perils of modern leadership

Leadership is an interdependent mixture of intuition, experience, and inspiration. When it comes to modern leadership, here are some obstacles that get in the way.
  Bob Whitesel

What makes a visionary leader?

Explore the characteristics of strategic leadership. Who models this on your church's team?
  Bob Whitesel

Visioning: You may lead, but is anyone following?

Not everyone carries the same vision for the church that you do.
  Ronald Keener

Thinking and acting strategically

If you ask a second chair leader what he or she “does,” you may hear a long list of tasks. But what if you ask about their greatest contribution to the organization?
  Mike Bonem

9 traits of excellent church leaders

When teaching church leadership, there are specific qualities in leaders which should exist or be formulated.
  Matthew Fretwell

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Mark Lenz
Mark J. Lenz is a pastor with a masters degree in Organizational Leadership. He is ...
Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem is an author, consultant, speaker, church leader, businessperson, husband and father. He loves ...