All posts from “Failure”

Should Churches Tell Singles to Use Contraceptives?

April 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Earlier this month evangelical leaders from every sector of the culture gathered in Washington DC for the Q conference. One of the panels focused on the staggering number of abortions among single women within the church. Panelists discussed the problem...

Stupid Church Tricks: Fake Kidnapping

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Are you trying to develop a more hospitable, seeker-friendly atmosphere in your church? Here's the first step: Don't kidnap people at gunpoint. A church in Pennsylvania is under investigation for taking a lesson about persecution too far. Glad Tidings Assembly...

Should Churches Hire Family Members?

March 20, 2012 12:00 AM

The post mortem on the Crystal Cathedral continues. The iconic southern California megachurch pastored by Robert H. Schuller once represented the innovative and market-savvy dexterity of American Christianity. Schuller started his church at a drive-in movie theater, allowing visitors to...

SGM-Gate Case Closed

February 7, 2012 12:00 AM

Last year former leaders within Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) came forward with accusations against the group's president, C.J. Mahaney. As reported on this blog, Mahaney was accused of "various expressions of pride, unentreatability, deceit, sinful judgment and hypocrisy." In order...

Ur Video: C.J. Mahaney on Humility

July 26, 2011 12:00 AM

This video featuring C.J. Mahaney and James MacDonald was produced by The Gospel Coalition last summer. Given the current accusations against Mahaney and the mess unfolding at Sovereign Grace Ministries, the comments in this video take on new meaning....

C.J. Mahaney, Pride, and SGM-gate

July 22, 2011 12:00 AM

The hurricane of news and accusations swirling around Sovereign Grace Ministries is moving too fast for many of us to keep up with. The story has become so big and complicated that some blogs have actually dubbed it "SGM-gate." Earlier...

Megachurch For Sale

May 27, 2011 12:00 AM

News comes from California today that the Crystal Cathedral is for sale. The megachurch founded and developed by Robert H. Schuller has accumulated so much debt that selling the iconic Southern California facility is the only option. Some point to...

Epic Fail Pastors Conference

February 7, 2011 12:00 AM

In the most recent issue of Leadership, John Ortberg shares this important observation: I once was part of a survey on spiritual formation. Thousands of people were asked when they grew most spiritually, and what contributed to their growth. The...

Ted Haggard: Back in the Saddle

June 2, 2010 12:00 AM

Back on May 18, Religion News Service reported that Ted Haggard filed business documentation with Colorado’s secretary of state to incorporate a nonprofit called “St. James Church.” The address listed on the documents was the same as Ted and Gayle...

Scrutinizing Church Leadership

November 30, 2009 12:00 AM

Last week I came across one of those news articles that makes you wonder if we’re all just flying upside down. This headline comes from the UK Telegraph: ”Council sets up scrutiny panel - to scrutinize its scrutiny panels” A...

Chuck Swindoll's 10 Lifetime Leadership Lessons

October 9, 2009 11:08 AM

Chuck Swindoll was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at Catalyst 09, and spoke on "10 Things I Have Learned During Nearly 50 Years in Leadership":...

Malcolm Gladwell: What's More Dangerous than Incompetence?

October 8, 2009 1:26 PM

Malcolm Gladwell told the story of the battle of Chancellorsville, VA, in which General “Fighting Joe” Hooker maneuvers his Union Army to encircle the Confederate Army on three sides, and then delivers a speech to his troops: “God Almighty Himself...

Ur Wisdom: Ministry

February 6, 2009 12:00 AM

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Memory Loss Plagues Wall Street and Christians

January 15, 2009 12:00 AM

By Collin Hansen Over the holidays, you probably relished how gas prices largely returned to "normal." Prices higher than $2, $3, or even $4 per gallon just seems so un-American. So why are national opinion writers so diverse as Charles...

Ted Haggard: Back in the Pulpit

November 12, 2008 1:31 PM

It has been two years since Ted Haggard resigned as the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado and the president of the National Association of Evangelicals. The scandal reverberated through the media just before the pivotal 2006 elections,...

Cartoon: Out of His Depth

September 22, 2008 12:00 AM

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Bill Hybels Responds to REVEAL

June 6, 2008 10:02 AM

In a video released on June 5, Bill Hybels discusses the "unfortunate" reporting that has revolved around Willow Creek's REVEAL survey. The video refers to a recent Christianity Today article and Out of Ur posts as examples of "misinformation." You...

Willow Creek Repents? (Part 2)

October 26, 2007 4:40 PM

Last week's post about Willow Creek sparked a lot of conversation. It all flowed from comments made by the church's leaders following a three year self-evaluation of Willow Creek's ministry effectiveness. Your comments caught the attention of Greg Hawkins, Willow's...

Willow Creek Repents?

October 18, 2007 12:00 AM

Few would disagree that Willow Creek Community Church has been one of the most influential churches in America over the last thirty years. Willow, through its association, has promoted a vision of church that is big, programmatic, and comprehensive. This...

The False Gospel of Impact

March 2, 2007 12:00 AM

How can a church leader keep their soul rooted in Christ and still keep pace with their ministry? The next issue of Leadership, due in mailboxes in April, will focus on that question. Phil Vischer may seem like an unlikely...

Signs of a Restorable Spirit

November 8, 2006 9:10 AM

In the wake of serious moral failure, church leaders are quickly asked about "restoration." What does a person have to do to be deemed worthy of reinstatement as a church leader? In many ways, the question is premature, like asking...

The Haggard Truth

November 5, 2006 9:24 AM

What are Christian leaders to make of the spectacularly painful experience of watching Ted Haggard this past week? The president of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of giga-church New Life Community in Colorado Springs, Colorado, gradually admitted to...

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