Happy Thanksgiving! Time to catch up on what you missed in 2015

It's been a busy year for me, how about you? 

As the season approaches the race and the pressure is on to get this or that done, and 
to meet those deadlines. While you may get caught up on some things, there is always something you've fallen behind on.

What I Learned from My 2015 Reader Survey

This is my first ever reader survey and I got excited every time the numbers would come in. As far as I’m concerned, a reader survey is the best way to get real, useful, concrete data on the people I want to serve best: you!

Are You Fulfilling Your Calling or A Ministry Need?

What is your calling?

What is it that you believe God is calling you to be and to do?

Although you may know the answer to these questions, many people have no idea what their calling is, spiritually or other wise. So what many tend to do is operate in a calling that appeals to them. Desiring someone else's call rather than discovering their own.

As it relates to ministry:
  • They may see or feel that there is a need, so they've convinced themselves or someone else to take on that calling.

  • They've been around long enough and have seen enough of someone else's call, they feel that they are capable of filling the need.
Sure there are times when you will be called are asked to step in, but this should only be temporary. Before you know it, ten years have passed, and you are still fulfilling a ministry need while doing exactly what the apostle Paul suggest you shouldn't do, "neglecting" your call. 1 Timothy 4:14.

Why Your Outreach Is Not Reaching Young Adults and How You Can Change That

Ever thought about why is it your outreach efforts to attract young adults are not working?

If you are trying to reach young adults, then you need to become a church gathering that young adults want to attend.

"Our worship service is designed for young adults but we're not seeing any results".

OK. That sounds good but, everything else your church gathering does is geared and focused towards older people.

4 Amazing Gifts Hidden in Your Trials

Trials are the one thing no one wants to experience. Everyone goes through trials and they come in many forms. There is no escaping them. They are a guarantee. "The righteous person faces many troubles..." Psalm 34:19

Trials are the great uncle of taxes and death, and a cross we all bear.

If you have gone through any trials, you have asked yourself the following questions:
  • Why does this always happen to me?
  • What did I do to deserve this?
  • Why do we have to go through trials
I'll tell you why.

3 Cultural Trends Influencing Young Adults Church Leaders Shouldn't Ignore

Our culture is changing so fast, unfortunately many church leaders have decided to ignore these changes and are doing everything they can to pretend like it does not exits. Even as they watch young adults and families leave their place of worship.

I often wonder if they understand how much harm they're inflecting on their ministry. To continue with the status quo while hoping for the best is not a sign of faith, especially when the results are the same.

One of the worst things church leaders can do when dealing with young adults is to make assumptions about what they believe. This is the fastest way to lose them spiritually or run them off physically.

5 Things Every Church Leader Should Know Before Making That Next Transition

This month I celebrate another birthday. I'm in my prime and loving it. With every year that goes by I realize I don't have time to be wasting time. 

Since the age of 40 I've understood that everything I do at this point in my life I do with an unshakable purpose and an unbreakable will.

Every great leader is faced with the, "What Next" decision at some point in their lives. I've experienced this on more than one occasion. Three times in ministry and twice in my personal career.

As it relates to ministry, there came a time a few years ago where I became tired and fed up with the same old, cookie cutter, status-quo, traditional process, feel and look of Christian ministry.

I was learning and the Holy Spirit was showing me many things that my peers were not seeing, and many did not want to see. I've written about some of these issues here and here.

Then one day while reading John 4:10 it came to me.