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Becoming a Welcoming Church – Review

Becoming a Welcoming ChurchI have spent the past year focusing on how to make our church more of a welcoming church. For that reason, I was happy to discover Thom Rainer had written Becoming a Welcoming Church.

This is an excellent book that is extremely practical and based on good research. I was not surprised by anything in the book, but only because I’m a regular listener to his podcast, Rainer on Leadership. But that doesn’t make this book a waste. It is so nice to have all of his research and conclusions compiled in one place.

There are some great nuggets of wisdom in Becoming a Welcoming Church. I will confess that I struggle with his criticism of the welcoming time in a service. Our church is not fake about this and does actively seek out visitors to welcome. But that doesn’t mean Rainer is wrong. He challenges us to look at what we do, not just from how the congregation sees it, but from the perspective of visitors.

One other action item from this book is creating a welcome centre. Rainer gives ideas that even the smallest church can act on. I intend to get something together for our church.

There are plenty of takeaways from this book but the most important things is that it gets congregations and leaders to take how they welcome (or don’t) new people. This is something that we can’t leave to chance. I intend to pass this little book on to my deacons as we seek to become a more welcoming church.

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Top Ten Leadership Blogs – January 2018

There are some amazing leadership blogs for pastors and other Christians leaders. I share five of these every week in my Weekend Leadership Roundup. I have been compiling a top ten list for apologetics blogs for some time and I thought I would do the same for leadership blogs.

How did I compile this list? I used the Alexa ranking. This was complicated because I really enjoy Ed Setzer and Karl Vater’s blogs, but Alexa just ranked them as christianitytoday.com. So I ended up leaving them out, as well as a number of other blogs that were subdomains of other websites. Still, it did give me a pretty good list.

If you want to see my full list of leadership blogs, you can find it here. If you have some for me to add to the list, please contact me.

  1. Michael Hyatt
  2. ChurchLeaders
  3. Thom Rainer
  4. Pastors.com
  5. Carey Nieuwhof
  6. Vanderbloemen
  7. Ron Edmondson
  8. Russell Moore
  9. Chuck Lawless
  10. Tony Morgan Live
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The Four Most Practical Podcasts for Pastors

I listen to a lot of podcasts (currently I’m subscribed to 35). Podcasts have been a part of ongoing learning for a while but I made sure to seek out some new podcasts when I returned to pastoral ministry a year and a half ago.

I have come across some great podcasts but there are four that have stood out as being particularly practical for ministry. I would wholeheartedly encourage pastors to subscribe to these four podcasts:

  1. Thom Rainer on Leadership
  2. The 200churches Podcast
  3. The Established Church Podcast
  4. 5 Leadership Questions Podcast

Bonus Podcast

Although it is not specifically a pastoral or leadership podcast, Theology in the Raw often has some great ministry reflection.




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The Millennials – Review

MillennialsAs part of my research for my Doctor of Ministry thesis, I’m doing lots of reading on the Millennials. Who are the Millennials? They are those born approximately between 1980 and 2000 and they are sometimes called Generation Y. One of the resources I used was The Millennials by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer.

One of the things that I appreciated about this father-son book is that it represented two generations: Baby Boomers and Millennials. As a result, it includes attitudes about Millennials but also represents Millennials. In addition, this book reflects detailed research by Lifeway.

Although this book is written by two evangelical Christians, it contains information valuable to everyone interested in this generation. They tackle issues such as relationships, environmentalism, materialism, as well as attitudes toward spirituality.

If you have read sociological treatments of Millennials and walked away wondering what they really said, this book is for you. It is written in an engaging style and includes many real life illustrations.

Churches and leaders cannot afford to be ignorant about the Millennial generation. Although there is an increase in talk about Generation Z, the Millennials are still very important. Effective ministry needs to take into account the specific needs and attributes of each generation.

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Top Five Podcasts of 2016

This year has been a time for me to dive into podcasts. One of the things that I love is going for a long walk with my dog while listening to podcasts. Listening to podcasts also make long drives more enjoyable. I’m subscribed to about thirty podcasts but there are certain ones that really stand out. Here are my top five.

  1. Kingdom Roots – This is podcast featuring New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. While there is a lot of New Testament content, McKnight also discusses other issues such as the church and culture.
  2. Theology in the Raw – This podcast by New Testament scholar Preston Sprinkle looks at a wide range of topics. Most episodes are based on listener submitted questions. He even answered one of mine!
  3. Thom Rainer on Leadership – Thom Rainer is a well respected speaker on church ministry. What I appreciate about his podcast is that it is very practical and is relevant for churches of all sizes.
  4. 5 Leadership Questions – This is a leadership podcast hosted by Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper. Some of the episodes are interviews with guests and others are discussions on different topics.
  5. 200 Churches – This is a very refreshing podcast in that it focuses on small churches. Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig have a wide variety of guests, but it always comes down to encouraging small church pastors.

While I would never put it in my top five, I should mention that I have my own podcast. Make sure to check out Hope’s Reason: A Podcast of Discipleship.

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2016

I had the opportunity to read some great books throughout 2016. I read just over 100 books during the year, but there were certain books that stood out. Here are the top ten that I read. They are not in any particular order.

No God But One by Nabeel Qureshi – Islam is an important topic for people of every religion. I appreciate this book because it was written by an ex-Muslim and it is respectful toward Muslims, while disagreeing with their beliefs.


Biblical Authority After Babel by Kevin Vanhoozer – This author is quickly becoming one of my favourite theologians. The book looks at the effect of the five solas of the Reformation on how we interpret Scripture.


The Emotionally healthy Leader by Peter Scazzaro – It takes much more than sound leadership principles to be a good leader. This book offers leaders the tools to do the deep soul work to be able to lead not just their organization, but themselves.


Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer – What I love about Thom Rainer’s books is that they are extremely practical are planted in real life. In this book, Rainer does on autopsy on churches that have died so that we can learn from their experiences.


The Universe Next Door by James Sire – When talking to people about important questions, we cannot assume that they have the same worldview. This book looks at all of the major worldviews and demonstrates where they are similar and where they are different.


Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight – The kingdom was the central message of Jesus. But what is the kingdom of God? Scot McKnight provides a biblical foundation for understanding the kingdom.


Pauline Christology by Gordon Fee – Was the divinity of Jesus a later invention or does it go back to our earliest Christian texts? Gordon Fee examines every description of Christ in Paul’s letter and reveals the earliest Christology.


Five Views on Apologetics – There is not just one way to do Christian apologetics. This books provides both descriptions of and conversations between the five major apologetics methodologies.


C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath – This is the best biography of C.S. Lewis I have read. While some of the details may be disturbing for those who see Lewis as a hero, the final result is that of a real person who can be respected in both his strengths and weaknesses.


The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas by Paul Copan and Kenneth Litwak – Paul’s experience in Athens in Acts 17 has long been a model for Christian apologists. In this book, the authors examine criticisms of Paul’s methodology, how it fits with Paul’s letters and what it looks like for us today.


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I Am a Church Member

I Am a Church MemberI really appreciate Thom Rainer and the books he writes. They are short, practical and based on experience in the real world.  I Am a Church Member is no exception.

One of the great lies of the church is that pastors are to do all the work of ministry, while the congregation pays the salary and shows up for the programs. The truth is that the pastor is to equip the members of the church for ministry. A congregation can do so much more than just one or two paid staff.

However, this requires that members of the church embrace an active role. Rainer provides six commitments, that if adopted by members of the church, would transform not only the church, but their community as well. The six commitments are:

  • I will be a functioning church member.
  • I will be a unifying church member.
  • I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires.
  • I will pray for my church leaders.
  • I will lead my family to be healthy church members.
  • I will treasure church membership as a gift.

This is not to say any troubles within the church are the members’ fault and the pastor is always innocent. Reading Rainer’s other books, it is clear that he holds pastors and other leaders up to a high standard. Rather this book is aimed at a particular problem: the consumer and observer mentality of many church members.

Each chapter is filled with examples from real church situations. It is clear that these principles are much more than just theory. The book is quite short and be read in a couple of hours. I recommend this book for every member of a Christian church.

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Top Five Books I Read During the Summer of 2016

Top Five BooksI love to read. I try to read at least ten books a month. One of my favourite things to do during the summer is to sit outside and enjoy a good book.

I had the opportunity to read a number of great books this summer. Here are the top five, in no particular order.

  1. The Universe Next Door by James W. Sire
  2. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
  3. Who Moved My Pulpit?: Leading Change in the Church by Thom S. Rainer
  4. Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological by Gordon D. Fee
  5. Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church by Scot McKnight

I immensely enjoyed each of these books and would highly recommend them all.

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Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones (USA) (Canada)

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Leadership That Works: Hope and Directions for Church and Parachurch Leaders in Today’s Complex World by Leith Anderson (USA)

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Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom S. Rainer (USA) (Canada)

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Whom Moved my Pulpit? by Thom Rainer (USA) (Canada)

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Preaching by Timothy Keller (USA) (Canada)

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Who Moved My Pulpit?

Who Moved My PulpitOne of my favourite podcasts is Rainer on Leadership and Thom Rainer’s blog posts that I share seem to get a lot of engagement. So I was looking forward to finally reading one of his books.

The book I chose is his latest, Who Moved My Pulpit? I love that this book is a reply to a real email from a real pastor. The book is a study in the leading of change in the church, something that is close to the heart of most pastors.

This book is incredibly practical. It is not a theory-only resource. Any pastor, even with no formal leadership training, can take the principles here and apply them in their context.

The heart of the book is the roadmap for leading change:

  1. Stop and Pray
  2. Confront and Communicate a Sense of Urgency
  3. Build an Eager Coalition
  4. Become a Voice and Vision of Hope
  5. Deal with People Issues
  6. Move from an Inward Focus to an Outward Focus
  7. Pick Low-Hanging Fruit
  8. Implement and Consolidate Change

Rainer illustrates every step of the process with real life experiences. The reader is confronted with situations that ring true to what many pastors experience. Both positive and negative attempts at change are presented.

Rainer writes with an engaging style and this book is something that could be shared widely with the leadership of the church. Each chapter concludes with reflection questions.

One of the things that I appreciate about Rainer is that he writes for a wide variety of contexts. This resource is not just aimed at megachurch pastors with a paid staff of twenty leaders. The principles he offers are very applicable to my situation as a solo pastor of congregation of less than a hundred people.

Who Moved My Pulpit? is a fantastic resource and it is something I plan to revisit over and over again in my ministry.

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Recommended Book:

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John C. Maxwell (USA) (Canada)

 

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Leading Change by John P. Kotter (USA) (Canada)

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When Work and Family Collide by Andy Stanley (USA) (Canada)

 

 

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Mentoring Leaders by Carson Pue (USA) (Canada)

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3 Leadership Podcasts You Should Listen To

As a pastor, an important part of my role is teaching. But just as important, if not more, is my role as a student. I need to be learning, not just more biblical and theological information, but solid leadership principles.

I currently subscribe to 16 different podcasts, and I include within them three podcasts dealing directly with pastoral leadership.

My fear is always that leadership teaching will be focused on a mega-church context but as a pastor of a small church in a mid-sized Canadian city, I find these episodes relevant to my context. I would encourage you to check out each of these podcasts. You can always unsubscribe if you they are not helpful.

Bonus Podcast: Michael Hyatt’s podcast is not directed at pastoral leadership, but he does share some good leadership principles that are worth listening to.

What about you? What leadership podcasts do you listen to? What should I add to my list?

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Should the Church Change for Millennials?

It is essential for the Church to read the millennial generation. But how do we do this? Thom and Jess Rainer discuss ministry with millennials in this helpful video. If you want more resources from Thom Rainer, make sure to visit his website.


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Reasons Why Outreach Programs Fail

Pastors understand that outreach programs are important. Even if Jesus did not command us to, we would need them to keep our churches active. The problem is that only a minority of these programs actually work. I have been there. Great intentions but a lack of results. Thom Rainer offers seven reasons why these programs fail. You can read it here.

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Are You an Outwardly Focused Church?

There was a time when churches could be inwardly focused and the pews would still be full. Those days are gone. But how can churches be outwardly focused? Thom Rainer provides seven habits of outwardly focused churches. These are amazing. I especially like number four. If I were still a pastor, I would put that into action. As for number five, I do not understand why there are still some churches without websites. There really is no excuse.

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