Leadership, Creativity, and Coronavirus

In the Master of Organizational Leadership program at The King's University, one of the final classes students take is called Current Issues and Leadership Studies. It's a great class, and it helps students to see how the field of leadership studies is moving in new and interesting directions. One of the topics in this class is the idea of arts and aesthetics in...

Guidelines for Pastoral Care During Covid-19

As outbreaks of the coronavirus continue to spread globally, the endgame continues to be a moving target. Meanwhile, we as shepherds and faith leaders still must care for people, many of whom are feeling a rise in anxiety verging on panic. Allow me to offer these 10 brief guidelines to help frame our thinking and subsequently our...

Spiritual Needs in the Time of Corona

By now, many of us have acclimated to the COVID-19 social-distancing protocols. Churches are learning how to serve people online, schools have shifted to virtual home-based learning, and families are doing their best to stay in touch and support each other. As this crisis persists, we will need to address continuing needs of physical well-being and mental...

Worship Leadership: Poetic Lyrics and Reckless Theology

As a child growing up in church, one of my earliest memories is sitting in children’s church on a Sunday morning singing “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” I grew up in the St. Louis area and I vividly remember singing the song and then the children’s worker teaching us that God loves each of us, “no matter...

To Serve or Be Served

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that...

Breaking Out of Your Rut

Here is a question you have no doubt been thinking about lately: “Is my church more like a machine, or a brain?” OK, maybe this has not been your front-burner question lately. Maybe you ponder questions like “why has our church stopped growing?” Or maybe you are the more practical type: “I wonder if we have enough...

Attitude Equals Altitude

When I was growing up, my father paid me an allowance to read books. He picked the books, and we were required to read for 30 minutes a day. My friends, however, were paid to do chores. I went to my dad one day and asked if I could get paid to do my chores as well....

Do I Really Need to Take Another Test About Myself?

Taking the enneagram seems to be enjoying a resurgence in popularity these days. In just one week, I had several people ask, “do you know your enneagram number?” “Why, I didn’t even know I was supposed to have an enneagram number!” I replied. Not wanting to be left out of all the fun, I found an assessment recommended to me by...

Worship Leadership and the Growing Crisis

I have been a worship leader/pastor for more than twenty years, and now more than ever the church is facing a crisis of faith, morality, and overall biblical foundation and discipleship in worship leadership.  Before addressing the problem, let me say that I love to worship. I also love the many styles, sounds, and...

For Whom The Bell Tolls

In the last couple of months, the evangelical Christian community has been hit with some notable departures from the ranks: author Josh Harris and singer/song-writer Marty Sampson. It’s been quite the buzz across the social media scene. My own friend and colleague, Aaron Crider, has also addressed this from his seat as the Director of the Music and...