Top 5 Posts of 2015

My most popular posts written in 2015 (according to the number of page views during this calendar year) are Sermon: Lost –> Found –> Party Effective Leaders Ask for Feedback Leaving Parish Ministry World Religions from 2010 to 2050 Leaders Clear Obstacles So What? Leadership is the only topic to appear more than once on this year's list. While four of last year's top posts related to worship, only one worship related post made this year's list. Which of these five Read More …

Successful People

Eric Barker, the founder of the Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog, recently shared what he believes the world's most successful people have in common.  He suggests that we can become like them if we: Stay Busy Just Say No Know What You Are Build Networks Create Good Luck Have Grit Make Awesome Mistakes Find Mentors. So What? I love this list!  I would not argue that a single item should be removed. I do, however, think that some organizations (including churches and other Read More …

Best Youth/Student Ministry

Jeremy Zach, a youth minister since 2002 and youth ministry blogger, recently shared his list of common characteristics found in great youth ministries.  His list of seven shared attributes includes three that are not directly about the youth/students: maintain and train amazing and healthy leaders, engage 25% of their parents, and invite the senior pastor into the student ministry. So What? Zach is right: great youth/student ministry is never ministry in its own silo.  Effective Read More …

Should Clergy-Scholars Lead the Church?

Donald Miller is the author of several books including A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing my Life (2009) and Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality (2003).  To connect with him,  read his blog, like him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter. Earlier this month he posted, "Should the Church be Led by Teachers and Scholars?"  In the article he questions the centuries old norm of the church being led by clergy scholars who possess academic Read More …

A Leadership Check-Up

Seth Godin is the author of twelve books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change, and work.  He earned his MBA from Stanford, and was called “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” by Business Week.  For more information visit his website or read his blog. He recently posted "Seven Questions for Leaders" Do you let the facts get in the way of a good story? What do you do with people who disagree with you... do you Read More …

Avoiding Common Ministry Mistakes

Scott Williams is the Campus Pastor of the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv, which  launched three years ago and already has an average weekly worship attendance of over 3,500.  To connect with Williams, read his blog, watch him on YouTube,  follow him on Twitter, or friend him on Facebook.  Previously, I have written posts based on or inspired by Williams on the topics of effective leadership and tweeting in worship (here and here). Last week Williams shared a list of five Read More …