30 Ideas for Your Church’s Easter Impact

Churches shared out-of-the-box thinking for communicating the transformational message of the cross. Here are their ideas: PRE-EASTER: INVITING YOUR COMMUNITY 1. Easter kindness. Easter is often more inwardly focused than Christmas and Thanksgiving. This year, mark Easter weekend with a significant act of service to your community (restore hiking trails, host a dinner for the homeless and… Read More

Five Strategies for Being a More Approachable Pastor on Sunday Mornings

Some pastors are naturally approachable. They have a certain charisma that draws people. Other pastors draw in people like an open casket viewing. People approach but with nervous hesitation. Most of us are somewhere in between these two extremes. Your approachability as a pastor is not limited to Sunday mornings, but it’s a key time… Read More

How Leaders Shape Their Ministries

Winston Churchill is credited with the insightful quote, “We shape our buildings and our buildings shape us.” He was correct; the buildings we gather in shape the culture of those in the buildings. The statement can be applied to other influences as our ministries and organizations are shaped by more than the buildings we utilize.… Read More

10 Questions to Ask on a Personal Retreat

Hey friends, here are 10 questions I use to refocus my life each month during my monthly prayer and planning retreats, this time on Kittatinny Mountain. I hiked the Appalachian Trail through a place called “Knife’s Edge” to a rock outcropping called “Bake Oven Knob” which looks down on the valley below. From that beautiful… Read More