• Only the Pulpits Have the Power to Change America

    One thing is crystal clear in America: If we truly want change, we must re-spark biblical boldness and flame the fires of biblical action. If we won’t fight, then spiritually speaking, we will fade away.  I recently attended a large gathering of pastors in San Diego organized by Turning Point USA Faith. During one of […]

  • The Three Things Every Young Church Leader Should Do

    “What can I do right now?” I had coffee with a young minister. He asked a great question. What can I do right now? The young minister (in his early 20s) wanted to know how he could lead better—starting today. He caught me a bit off guard. After all, leadership is learned and refined over […]

  • Churches: We Need to Start Preaching and Teaching Basics of Christianity

    Christians are more ignorant of the faith that we thought… In 2016, Lifeway Research revealed a study which indicated that the ignorance of American Christians has grown to the point that the majority could actually be considered heretics. As the study put it: Although Americans still overwhelmingly identify as “Christian,” startling percentages of the nation […]

  • In Church, You Can’t Be Helpful if You Can’t Be Present

    Once upon a time, a friend invited me to tour his church building during a Sunday service. Our mutual goal was to spotlight cracks in the guest process and figure out how to connect people on a simpler scale. Over the course of the morning, our tour was interrupted no fewer than twenty times. We […]

  • Ten Reasons Pastors Are Glad They Quit the World of Ministry

    Last week we looked at some regrets pastors articulated about leaving their churches during “the Great Resignation.”  In this article, we look at the other side of the coin. These pastors are glad they left pastoral ministry. Anecdotally, these comments were far more numerous than the comments of regret. In this post, we specifically focus […]

  • Compromised Preaching Contributing to Our Cultural Rot

    For many years, I have stated that a major reason America is so messed up is that much of the American Church is also messed up. And a major reason that so much of the American Church is messed up is that so many Christian leaders are also messed up. The domino effect is quite […]

  • Pastors: Stop Trying to be Popular

    As our nation falls deeper into the abyss of sin, one would think that pastors would rise up and follow Paul’s plea: “Be on guard; stand firm in your faith [in God, respecting His precepts and keeping your doctrine sound]. Act like [mature] men and be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13, AMB). But sadly, […]

  • Embarrassing or Welcoming: Do You “Over Welcome” People at Your Church?

    There’s a fine line between being welcomed and being embarrassed… There’s no question that too many churches are pretty poor when it comes to welcoming new visitors. I can’t count how many churches I visited over the years without a single person saying hello, or introducing themselves. So #1 – let’s think about doing it […]

  • What do churches do when a staff member has a moral failing

    We recently covered this topic on a Rainer on Leadership episode, but I wanted to expand our conversation in this article. Few models exist on how to handle the moral failure of a staff person. Indeed, there is little consensus among pastors about what to do, even with something as explicit as adultery. Researchers asked […]

  • Three Disciplines Often Missing from Preaching Today

    Perhaps the title of this post should be “Three disciplines often missing from my preaching.” I can certainly grow in these areas. However, I don’t believe I’m alone. Through my interactions with other pastors, I have found many of us missing three disciplines in preaching. What are they? 1. Preaching with patience. I must credit […]