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Mark and Thom discuss the painful issue of depression among pastors and other church staff. In many ways, it has become an epidemic and must be addressed. In this second of three podcasts, Mark and Thom address church members directly about this issue, urging them to be proactive in helping their pastors and other church leaders. 1. Most pastors do…
 
Mark and Thom discuss the painful issue of depression among pastors and other church staff. In many ways, it has become an epidemic and must be addressed. In this first of three podcasts, they share why depression is a growing malady among these leaders. 1. Because more church leaders are willing to admit their struggles. 2. Because social media is…
 
Many churches are considering replanting or adopting churches as a strategy to reach a larger community or communities. In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at the more common topics and questions from church leaders who desire to move forward. In part three, they look at the issue of how your church can be better prepared to adopt or rep…
 
Many churches are considering replanting or adopting churches as a strategy to reach a larger community or communities. In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at the more common topics and questions from church leaders who desire to move forward. In part two, they look at some common questions you will hear from church members if they are c…
 
Many churches are considering replanting or adopting churches as a strategy to reach a larger community or communities. In this three-part series, Kevin and Thom look at the more common topics and questions from church leaders who desire to move forward. In part one, they look at perhaps the most common question: Where do we find a church that want…
 
Mark and Thom look at the issue of perceived failure in ministry and share why failure is rarely final. In this third episode of three, they discuss how church leaders can recover from failure and use the failure for their growth and God’s glory. Admitting and apologizing for the mistake is the critical first or early step. You may need some a brea…
 
Mark and Thom look at the issue of perceived failure in ministry and share why failure is rarely final. In this second episode of three, they discuss the reality of failure and what it means. There are countless degrees and levels of failure. We often see our own failures to be worse than they are. Everyone will fail at some point on some issue in …
 
Mark and Thom look at the issue of perceived failure in ministry and share why failure is rarely final. In this first episode of three, they discuss the painful issue of being fired in ministry. You are among a large number of people if you get fired in ministry. The fault often resides with “preacher eater churches.” If you are at fault, seek to m…
 
You have been contacted by a church. They want to consider you as a candidate for pastor. How do you evaluate your fit for the church? Kevin and Thom offer seven practical steps to take. Get data on the church. Contact a pastor in the community? Contact a denominational leader familiar with the church. Get demographics and psychographics on the com…
 
You are the pastor of a church where you sense it’s time to leave. You are looking for another opportunity, and you hear of a church that seems like a great fit for you. How do get considered by that church? Kevin and Thom provide guidance to those pastors seeking to go to another church. 1. Make certain you are not succumbing to the green-grass sy…
 
In this episode, Kevin and Thom talk about the possible paths to take when an interim pastor decides he wants to be the pastor. They assume the church did not take a stand that the interim could not apply for the position. 1. You might just need to say no. 2. You could ask him to step down as interim pastor to apply for the position of pastor. 3. Y…
 
Revitalize and Replant looks at major pivots breakout churches are making today. In part three of this three-part series, Mark and Thom discuss what these church leaders are doing differently with personnel strategies. They are breaking out of the mold of traditional positions. They are hiring more part-time staff. They are often focusing on staff …
 
Revitalize and Replant looks at major pivots breakout churches are making today. In part two of this three-part series, Mark and Thom discuss what these church leaders are doing differently with their facilities. They are building smaller worship centers. They are asking questions about their community. They are sharing their facilities. They are r…
 
Revitalize and Replant looks at major pivots breakout churches are making today. In part one of this three-part series, Mark and Thom discuss what these church leaders are doing to reach more people with the gospel. They are creating an outward culture. They are increasing efforts and resources by 4X. They have at least one major emphasis a year. T…
 
It is a sad commentary, but congregations in North America are less evangelistic today than at any point in recent history. Kevin and Thom share what churches are doing that have turned around evangelistic apathy to evangelistic energy. This podcast is the third of a three-part series called “Five Ways to Revitalize in a COVID World.” 1. Begin or r…
 
Church unity has always been a key issue for congregations. In the COVID world of today, divided churches are more common than ever. In this podcast, Kevin and Thom address how a church can deal head-on with church unity issues. This podcast is the second of a three-part series called “Five Ways to Revitalize in a COVID World.” Acknowledge the elep…
 
By now, we thought we would be talking about church revitalization in a post-COVID world, but the Delta variant spike has brought new challenges. In this episode, Kevin and Thom unpack five key ways COVID is impacting the work of church revitalization today. This podcast is the first of a three-part series called “Five Ways to Revitalize in a COVID…
 
All other things being equal, longer pastoral tenure tends to enhance the health of a church. Kevin and Thom look at trends in pastoral tenure after COVID. 1. Median pastoral tenure is up to five years. 2. COVID extended pastoral tenure because few pastors left their churches during the pandemic. 3. Boomers are retiring or stepping down in much gre…
 
There will be times in a church revitalization or replant when you sense from God that it is time to leave. Mark and Thom discuss five steps pastors and other church staff should take to leave a church in a healthy manner. 1. Prayerfully make sure you have heard from God clearly about this call away from the church. 2. Decide who should be told and…
 
Kevin and Thom have been following the progress or lack of progress of revitalizing churches as they regather. After several months of regathering, these churches have six definitive trends. 1. Regathered worship attendance is about 20% lower. 2. A paradox of celebration and exhaustion is present among the members. 3. Lingering conflict over COVID …
 
There is often an intense pain when a church member comes to you with complaints about your spouse. Whether you are a pastor or any other person on ministry staff. Mark and Thom offer five responses you should make immediately. 1. Pray for calm and wisdom. 2. Let the church member know your spouse is someone you love dearly. You will defend them wi…
 
Approximately 10,000 Boomers turn 65 every day. At some point, they will consider retirement. Mark and Thom looked at six reasons why leading a revitalizing church could be a good option in the retirement years. 1. Your experience is invaluable. 2. You could work part-time since many revitalizing churches can’t afford full-time pay. 3. You could go…
 
Many pastors face that defining moment where they feel like they can’t lead their church because a power broker in the church opposes their leadership at almost every juncture. Kevin and Thom offer some wise counsel on leading (or not) in such tough scenarios. How do power brokers get their power? Go back to Cracker Barrel. Seek common ground. Deci…
 
We have heard and read countless discussions on “worship wars” in the church. Most of these wars were really generational wars. Thom and Kevin look at five ways to address and deal with these wars. 1. Try to understand the true reasons behind the conflict. 2. Get representatives of the different generations talking to each other. 3. Show examples o…
 
Some church members have unreasonable expectations about when pastors and staff should be in the office. This concern has been exacerbated by COVID. Mark and Thom look at some strategic ways to respond. Listen to them. Recognize that many members deal with old paradigms. Let them know what ministry responsibilities take you out of the office. Be wi…
 
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