Jan
29
2014

The Rise and Evolution of the Executive Pastor

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Over the last thirty years the church has seen the creation and evolution of a new role: the executive pastor. While the role takes many forms, at its heart it centers on making the Senior Pastor, and the entire church, more effective in pursuing its vision. Earlier this week, I sat down with David Fletcher, founder of XPastor.com. David has served as an executive pastor for over thirty years in several different contexts, and currently […]

Jan
2
2014

The Obligatory New Year Post

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Exit 2013, enter 2014. Bob Dylan pretty much summed up my life these days: the times, they are a-changin. When 2013 started I was neck-deep in coordinating Sandy Relief teams working on Long Island. Theresa and I were continuing to grieve the passing of her father, and we were beginning to think about what was next for us. Fast forward one year, and things have radically changed. As I write this post, I look around my […]

Dec
16
2013

And Then We Moved to Waco…

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It has been a whirlwind of a month for Theresa and I, but I am excited to announce that we have arrived in Waco. We close on our house Wednesday, and hope to get our stuff moved in pretty quickly after that (if this is new to you, read this). We will be making one last trip to Long Island this weekend for our community group’s Christmas extravaganza and to say our final farewell to […]

Dec
3
2013

Ministry Toolbox: Journaling, with Adam Feldman

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Adam Feldman is a friend of mine from my Baltimore days. Adam planted Metanoia Church in Ellicott City, Maryland, and has been doing incredible work there through the years, intentionally focusing on creating disciples who make disciples. This week Adam released a great new book, Journaling: Catalyzing Spiritual Growth Through Reflection. While the book is designed to be a quick read, it is a deep read that sets up readers to really lean into the […]

Nov
26
2013

Is The Housing Allowance Going Away?

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Last week a Wisconsin Federal District Court judge ruled that the pastoral housing allowance violates the establishment clause of the first amendment. This news can be quite upsetting for church leaders across the country as they try to figure out how to fairly compensate their pastors, and for pastors who need to rethink their monthly budgets now that a major tax benefit has been ruled unconstitutional. Yesterday morning, Todd and I had a conversation with […]

Nov
20
2013

Sic’em Bears, or You’re Doing WHAT?!?!

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Three and a half years ago, Theresa and I moved to Long Island in order to care for her ailing father. This has been an amazing time for us, and while it was not a season that I would wish on anyone, it has been a season of growth for each of us, both as individuals and as a couple. When Theresa’s dad passed away a little over a year ago, we agreed that we […]

Nov
15
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part 3)

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Over the last three Fridays we have been discussing year end, and how churches need to be preparing for December 31 (six weeks!). Two weeks ago, we heard from Brad Leeper on year end giving, last week we spoke with Bill O’Connell about year end reporting and accountability, and today I am speaking with Jeremy Moore about budgeting for 2014. Jeremy Moore serves churches as Regional Director of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Over the […]

Nov
12
2013

Why YOU Need to Check Out The Nines TODAY!

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As you may know, today is Leadership Network’s annual conference called The Nines. In many ways, The Nines is like any other church leadership conference: great speakers, fantastic content, and practical ideas to put into use in you church context. What makes The Nines different is the fact that it is totally online, and everyone gets five minutes to share. That’s right, Rick Warren gets five minutes, Larry Osborne gets five minutes, and my friend […]

Nov
11
2013

It’s Not What You Know…

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Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast hit me with a simple one liner, that brought a few things into focus for me last night. A simple line, that he probably didn’t think a whole lot about, tied together some of my recent thinking on disciple making: It’s not what you know, it’s what you do that matters. Way back in the day, during my undergrad career, we learned that there were five purposes of the local […]

Nov
8
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part two)

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Today we continue a three part series on preparing for year end in the local church. Last week, we heard from Brad Leeper as he shared insight on year end giving (find part three here), today’s conversation is will Bill O’Connell, founder of Wisdom Over Wealth, a CPA ministry that helps churches handle their accounting responsibilities. During our conversation Bill shares three things that our churches need to be thinking about when it comes to reporting: […]

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