‘Pastoral Leadership’

Breaking 100–Staffing To Grow Not Plateau

Most of the churches in America are not growing. Even by the smallest of standards, a large majority of churches are stagnant or declining. In fact, current estimates place the number of plateaued or declining churches at seventy-five or eighty percent of all the churches in America. The large number of churches which go more than a year […]

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How To Move Your Attendance Beyond 100

The most difficult barrier in church growth is the 100 barrier. I know this because the typical church in America is a congregation of less than 100. The 100 barrier is simply difficult to overcome. I have three very practical suggestions for breaking the 100 barrier. I also have a suggestion of how to make  your […]

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Quotes You Can Use (November 25, 2011)

“You can’t delegate doing the right thing.” “The effective innovator is the person who is willing to share the credit generously for successes, and to carry gracefully by himself the blame for the failures.”–Lyle Schaller, Parish Planning, 87. “[Do not] mistake politeness for agreement. People have a natural tendency to avoid disagreement or unpleasantness and […]

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Quotes You Can Use (November 18, 2011)

“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”–Eric Liddell, Chariots of Fire. “The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.”–James Yorke. “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”–The Hymn “Come, Ye Disconsolate.” “The command ‘Be ye […]

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What Joe Paterno’s Exit Teaches Us

Joe Paterno coached the Penn State Nittany Lions for forty-six years. He won more college football games than anyone in the history of the sport. He was a fixture on the sidelines and in the headlines. He was affectionately known as Joe Pa. Last Wednesday evening he was removed as head coach at Penn State. […]

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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[A Church Divided Over Leaders] I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. — 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV)