All posts from “decision making”

A Southern Baptist by Any Other Name...

March 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Last month the Southern Baptist Convention decided to change its name, sort of. They have proposed using the informal designation of "Great Commission Baptists." It will serve as a kind of nickname for those congregations who deem "Southern Baptists" unhelpful...

91% of Churches Will Be Open on Christmas Day

November 29, 2011 3:04 PM

The folks at Lifeway have just released numbers from a survey they did among 1,000 Protestant pastors. They were asked, “Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on Sunday this year. As a result, does your church plan to have...

Closed for Christmas (Redux)

November 28, 2011 12:00 AM

Back in 2005 Christmas fell on a Sunday, and many churches (but especially megachurches) decided not to open for services. At the time we ran a series of articles about the decision, the media coverage, and the public's reaction. Well,...

Should Pastors Marry Cohabitating Couples?

September 28, 2011 12:00 AM

A new poll conducted by LifeWay Research reports that 58 percent of Protestant pastors would perform a marriage ceremony for a cohabitating couple; 31 percent would not, and 10 percent were undecided. There was some variation between mainline and evangelical...

Leadership Lessons from Superman's Underpants

September 14, 2011 12:00 AM

For years I’ve been trying to help people see that popular consumer culture is a form of religion. It offers us a sense of value, identity, and context that traditional religions once provided. Similarly, pop culture has sacred symbols. How...

Political Code Language

November 1, 2010 12:00 AM

There is a sinister trend gaining momentum in the days leading up to the mid-term elections. It is not initially obvious to many of us, but it has significant implications for the American church. The code language associated with this...

Jesus and the Health Care Bill

March 22, 2010 10:00 AM

This morning—the day after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the health-care measure—I feel a sense of gladness. I am glad that millions of Americans, many of them children, will have access to health insurance. I am glad that people...

The Future of Church Facilities

November 13, 2009 12:00 AM

Until recently, churches responded to growing attendance by building larger facilities. But the faltering economy makes raising large sums for building projects harder to accomplish. And combined with the aversion of younger churchgoers to the bigger-is-better ministry philosophy, these tight-money...

The Fragility of Unity

September 28, 2009 12:00 AM

By now most of you have heard of the conflict at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, the famous church that was pastored by D. James Kennedy for 48 years. (See the Sun-Sentinel article) This past March, two years after Kennedy’s death,...

Piece be With You

June 10, 2009 12:00 AM

Two weeks ago an armed man entered Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas, and shot Dr. George Tiller. On March 8, a gunman walked into the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Maryville, Illinois, and killed senior pastor Fred Winters....

Andy Stanley: Live (and Uncertain) at Catalyst West

April 24, 2009 8:49 AM

Ever faced a leadership decision, and didn't feel you had all the information you needed to decide? For instance, to hire or not to hire? To discipline or extend more grace? Andy Stanley opened the Catalyst West conference with...

Decision '08

October 17, 2008 9:14 AM

Election time again and, once more, we face a big decision. No, not the decision about our vote. That one is big, but this one is even bigger. It's the decision about our integrity. I watch in amazement as...

Cartoon: Church-A-Plex

June 30, 2008 12:00 AM

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This is My Low-Carb Body, Broken for You

June 6, 2008 12:00 AM

Imagine the scene. Jesus has gathered with his followers in the upper room. He takes the bread, breaks it, and gives thanks. Then he says, "This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me."...

The Alternative After-Lifestyle

October 23, 2007 12:00 AM

In August, leaders at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, "cancelled a memorial service for a Navy veteran shortly before it was to start because the deceased was gay." That is how the event was described by the Associated Press....

(Some) Sinners Welcome

April 12, 2007 12:00 AM

This week the New York Times ran a story about a controversy dividing a church in Carlsbad, California. Outside Pilgrim United Church of Christ hangs a banner that reads "All are welcome." Now that claim is being tested. In January,...

Nudity in Church 2: The Wrap-Up

December 14, 2006 12:00 AM

On Sunday morning Pastor Dan Kimball of Vintage Faith Church arrived at the coffeehouse where his congregation worships to discover three of the three hundred sketches decorating the space were nude drawings. After debating the nature of art, holiness, and...

Nudity in Church

December 11, 2006 12:00 AM

One of the most famous churches in the world, the Sistine Chapel in Rome, was originally decorated with dozens of nude figures on the ceiling. Painted by Michelangelo, the chapel is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art....

The President & The Pastor (part 2): more lessons from George W. Bush’s brave/reckless leadership style

June 15, 2006 12:00 AM

In May, NY Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani surveyed seventeen books written about the leadership of President Bush. Her article, which summarized what Bush’s fans and critics have observed about his leadership style, caught the attention of Out of Ur...

The President & The Pastor: lessons from George W. Bush’s brave/reckless leadership style

June 13, 2006 12:00 AM

In 2000, Bill Hybels invited President Clinton to speak at Willow Creek's Leadership Summit. The controversial move was based on the assumption that pastors could learn from Clinton's leadership experience - both his triumphs and his mistakes. Following this tradition...

Really Old School: What 1st Century Judaism Says About the Public/Private/Home School Dilemma

March 14, 2006 12:00 AM

Some congregations experience doctrinal divides. Others wage worship wars. But an increasing number are experiencing schooling squalls. Public school, private school, or home school - how should followers of Christ educate their children? And what does the answer reveal about...

Expletive Undeleted: Dropping the F-bomb in Church

November 8, 2005 12:00 AM

Leadership associate editor Skye Jethani tells the story Mike Sares shared with him at a conference earlier this year. Tell us what you would do if you were Mike. A few days before Christmas, pastor Mike Sares got a call...

Ministry Taxidermy: Don't Stuff the Dog

October 26, 2005 8:29 AM

(Our friend Angie Ward is a writer, mentor, and ministry leader in North Carolina. She is the founder of Forward Leadership, a ministry coaching ministry. She is also a regular contributor to Leadership journal and our e-newsletter, Leadership Weekly.) When...

Catalyst Dispatch: Andy Stanley on Integrity

October 7, 2005 12:11 PM

(Here's a post from Cory Whitehead, editor of the Building Church Leaders newsletter, one our Leadership guys on site at the Catalyst conference here in Atlanta.) Integrity. We hear all about it today, or at least the lack thereof. Enron,...

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