• New York ‘Bling’ Bishop sued for $5 million for locking congregation out of church

    New York pastor Bishop Lamar Whitehead is being sued for $5 million for allegedly locking his congregation out of his Brooklyn church. The controversial pastor and founder of the Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches, who has been in the news over the last year for all the wrong reasons, allegedly illegally evicted worshippers after purchasing […]

  • What to Consider If You’re Planning on Leaving Your Church

    You’ve been with your church for a while now. Something is now urging you to leave the church. We will not get into evaluating your reasons. Let’s just say you have made the decision, or you are close to making that decision. Let’s assume you are not moving to another location. You are leaving your […]

  • How Do Pastors Lead the Church When the Wrong People Hold Power?

    Can you lead a church without proper authority? Yes, but it is more challenging and complex.  I’m assuming most church leaders would rather not step into a situation where they have the responsibility to shepherd without the corresponding authority. But there are churches with misaligned power structures in desperate need of good pastors. What if […]

  • For Churches with Attendance Under 250, the Five Major Developments

    The news is astounding. Churches with fewer than 250 in average worship attendance account for 92 percent of all churches in the United States. At Church Answers, we call these congregations “standard churches” because they represent all but 8 percent of churches. It is incumbent upon us, therefore, to discern what important trends and developments […]

  • Do We Need More Diversity in Church Leadership?

    I know “diversity” is a touchy subject, largely because so many leaders feel like it’s being forced on them in multiple ways in today’s culture. However, I’ve discovered that in most nonprofits, churches, and ministry organizations, we do need to be more intentional about making diversity happen. I still see leadership meetings at churches where […]

  • Do Both the Left and Right Have it Wrong on Christian Nationalism?

    Whether it’s being called a fundamentalist because you agree with the fundamentals of the faith, a bigot because you challenge false narratives, or a homophobe because you denounce sexual sin, the goal of name-calling is always the same: to silence those with opposing views. This is exactly what’s happening with the words “Christian Nationalism.” They […]

  • Why Churches Should Be Creative Training Centers

    Living and working in Hollywood for more than 30 years, I was thinking recently about the number of creative and media professionals I regularly meet who got their start working for a local church. For instance, I know people who are considered top TV Commercial directors today who got their start shooting videos for local […]

  • Five (Seemingly) Well-Intending Sentences That Are Hurting the Church

    Have you ever received a backhanded compliment? Just beneath the veneer of a compliment lies a stinging insult. It may not register at first, but then you feel the pain. “Congratulations, I didn’t expect you to get the job!” “You are so independent; it’s no surprise you haven’t found anyone yet.” “You really look nice […]

  • ‘Boring me to death’: British pastor stops worship band mid-song

    The footage has to be seen to be believed, but a British pastor has told his worship team to stop singing midway through a worship song, telling the congregation the song was “boring me to death.” Pastor Tobi Adegboyega, in the footage shared to Twitter below, can be seen telling the band to stop. “Okay […]

  • 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 […]