Back in late 2007, Senator Chuck Grassley wrote to six media-based ministries asking for responses to questions about ministry governance, expenses, and executive compensation. Interestingly, only two of the six ministries agreed to participate. While I’m sure the four ministries that didn’t respond believed it was the best decision, as someone “in the business” it troubles me that they may lack the transparency critical to operating a healthy ministry. [read more]
I want to touch on a subject that we don’t hear much about: kindness. For the believer, kindness is rooted in our response to how much God loves us, and the sacrifice He made on our behalf. He lavished the riches of His grace on us. From that abundance we love others and in large measure express that love through acts of kindness. [read more]
Much is being written about how pastors lead and why many need to lead differently. The bold title of a recent blog by Ed Stetzer underscores the seriousness of this issue: “How Christian Consumers Ruin Pastors and Cheat the Mission of God.” [read more]
I recently ran across an article in Leadership Journal that posed this question: Should pastors know what people give? I wanted to hear more on the subject, so I did a little research of my own. [read more]
A couple weeks back, I had the privilege of traveling to Nashville for two days to rub shoulders with 20 executive pastors from large Southern Baptist churches.
This group of leaders gathers annually at the Metro XP meeting to fellowship, network, and share best practices on topics related to the operation and administration of their organizations. This year, conversations ranged from staffing, budgeting, and leadership to volunteer management, organizational design, and worship style transitions. [read more]