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Does Your Pastor Love God or Money?, by David Mathis

Posted: September 3, 2018

Article on desiringGod.org How Christians handle money speaks volumes about our Christ. It’s one of our greatest opportunities today to show ourselves distinct from the world, or just like it…. Read More

Ministry

Posted: August 29, 2018

I. Who is in the ministry”?” II. What is “the ministry”? III. Does it matter what we call it? Listen to the podcast to find out the answers to these… Read More

Accountability in the Pulpit

Posted: July 27, 2018

The following is a free adaptation of Eric Scalise’s excellent article, “Accountability in the Pulpit: Where are the Truth-Tellers?”, in Christian Counseling Connection, vol 19, issue 4, p.14. (This is… Read More

How Does a Network Differ from a Denomination? (Pt 1 of 2)

Posted: July 25, 2018

Hello Renew Newsletter Subscribers,   We hope and pray that Renew.org will become the hub for a network of millions of disciples of Jesus. When we say network, we do not mean… Read More

Recommended: Preaching Sticky Sermons

Posted: July 13, 2018

Preaching Sticky Sermons, by Brandon Kelley and Joe Hoagland (Rainer Publishing, 2016), is an excellent book. The authors are graduates of Cincinnati Christian University (an institution affiliated with the Christian… Read More

Park Farthest Away: 5 Simple Pastoral Habits To Defy Our “Me First” Culture

Posted: July 1, 2018

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. Anyone who doesn’t see it that way is not a leader, just a boss. Karl Vaters Read more

Special, New-Release Interview w/Robert Coleman

Posted: April 24, 2018

A Note on Robert “Robert Coleman is the spiritual father of the modern disciple-making movement, and we have some special resources for you to get an up-close and personal view… Read More

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th Anniversary of his Death

Posted: April 4, 2018

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th Anniversary of his Death By Dr. G. Steve Kinnard Let Justice Roll, A Social Justice Blog. Volume Three. “But let justice roll down… Read More

Two legacies, 50 years later

Posted: April 3, 2018

Marshall Keeble and Martin Luther King Jr. fought for ‘different things in different ages.’   By Hamil R. Harris and Bobby Ross Jr. Marshall Keeble was calling sinners home at a… Read More

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Posted: February 26, 2018

Kate Fehlhaber is the editor in chief of Knowing Neurons and a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles. Read complete article here.

“No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry.”

Posted: February 7, 2018

Free Webinar Event – Feb 8, 2018 I wanted to make sure you knew about a free webinar we’re hosting tomorrow called “No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will… Read More

What is Success? by John Porter

Posted: February 3, 2018

The crowd cheered as water gushed from the rock Moses had just struck.  Up until this moment, they had been complaining and were even regretting their decision to leave Egypt.  From… Read More

You Can’t Stand Pat by Dave Travis

Posted: January 31, 2018

Well you can, but the results are less than best. A few years ago I was talking to one of our pastors who had been engaged with us for a… Read More

Dangers of a Leader’s Echo Chamber by Art Rainer

Posted: January 29, 2018

Echo chambers occur when a leader’s ideas are consistently applauded without question. Rarely are the leader’s ideas, decision-making, and actions challenged. And rarely are ideas brought to the table that… Read More

Now Available: The Master Plan Online Course with Robert Coleman

Posted: January 25, 2018

Robert Coleman’s book, The Master Plan of Evangelism, is the gold standard work on Jesus’ disciple making method. You can jump into the video recordings of this material through our online… Read More

Free webinar by Thom Rainer

Posted: January 25, 2018

“It’s no secret that I’m passionate about churches reaching their communities. After all, evangelism and outreach is at the heart of the gospel. So when I hear from pastors who feel… Read More

The Top Book Recommendations of 12 Disciple Making Leaders

Posted: January 13, 2018

Discipleship.org asked the leaders of 12 Disciple Making ministries that partner with us to share their top 2 book recommendations. We told everyone to assume the recommendations of two classics: The… Read More

We Can’t Be Like Jesus If We’re Not Making Disciples

Posted: December 15, 2017

I’m writing to share a recent blog post—an excerpt fromBecoming a Disciple Maker, a free eBook Greg Wiens and I wrote. The article’s called “We Can’t Be Like Jesus If… Read More

Developing An Effective Leadership Culture That Your People Will Aspire To

Posted: December 11, 2017

Most people who study the church in America believe that the church has a crisis in leadership. It appears that many of today’s churches are looking for leaders, but few are being… Read More

Paul Copan on winning hearts, not arguments

Posted: December 10, 2017

A Christian philosophy professor talks about the real purpose of apologetics. Read article here.

Discipleship in the Ministry of Jesus (Jerry Jones)

Posted: November 21, 2017

This is a 5-hour workshop on Discipleship in the Ministry of Jesus. Although it was recorded in the 1980s, it is still good. Excellent, in fact. The link will take… Read More

My 5 Personal Reflections on the Forum (Bobby Harrington)

Posted: November 17, 2017

Here are my top five personal reflections from the Forum. 1. Pastors and Leaders are Hungry to Learn about Making Disciples Last year we were told that if we had… Read More

Four Kinds of Leaders Who Will Not Successfully Lead a Church Revitalization – Revitalize and Replant #013

Posted: November 17, 2017

www.thomrainer.com Leadership is critical to successful revitalization. Today we discuss what kind of leaders often fail in the task. To listen to, or to download the audio lesson, click here…. Read More

Accelerate, by John Kotter

Posted: October 30, 2017

8-STEP PROCESS Over four decades, Dr. Kotter observed countless leaders and organizations as they were trying to transform or execute their strategies. He identified and extracted the success factors and… Read More

The Discipleship Gospel, by Bill Hull and Ben Sobels (free book)

Posted: October 5, 2017

I’m pleased to announce the release of a new FREE eBook from the Discipleship.org eBook series: The Discipleship Gospel by Bill Hull and Ben Sobels. DOWNLOAD FREE NOW The Discipleship… Read More

Q&A 1503 – God sets leaders in place?

Posted: September 1, 2017

I’m having a little difficulty with a teaching in my church. There is a belief that everyone in a leadership position has been placed there by God. This doesn’t seem… Read More

Embracing Change (Craig Groeschel)

Posted: August 16, 2017

The talk (about 20 minutes) contains some clear-minded input for church leaders. Watch the podcast by clicking here.

Q&A 1494 – Appointing deacons

Posted: July 5, 2017

In the controversy of Acts 6, is the apostolic requirement that these leaders (the Seven) be full of the spirit, respected, and faithful still the rule for us today? And is this… Read More

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Posted: June 12, 2017

Kate Fehlhaber is the editor in chief of Knowing Neurons and a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles. Read complete article here.

The Making of a Christian Leader: Michael Green in conversation²

Posted: May 11, 2017

“What am I supposed to do?”, by Geoff Surratt

Posted: March 14, 2017

I recently had a fascinating conversation with a sharp young leader, who had just returned from an amazing vacation in the Caribbean. The food, the scenery, the weather, the company;… Read More

Funeral Faux Pas

Posted: December 23, 2016

Purpose:  Proper speech / interactions at funerals. The podcast (21 minutes) will remind us to think, speak, and offer comfort in a compassionate and theologically sensitive manner. To listen now,… Read More

A Dozen Articles for Christian Leaders

Posted: July 31, 2016

Church Discipline This article considers the principal passages on church discipline. Church discipline isn’t a series of confrontations or warnings, but an interactive process. Crucial Counsel for Christian Leaders (Homosexuality &… Read More

Like sheep without a shepherd

Posted: June 10, 2016

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/sheep-run-loose-in-spanish-town-after-shepherd-falls-asleep/

Responses to the Paradigm Shift series

Posted: December 6, 2015

Here is an assortment of comments on the Paradigm Series, sent in from all over the world (Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Australia). We have edited some of them… Read More

Q&A 1381 – Singles Leading Ministries?

Posted: November 25, 2015

What does the Bible say about a single leading a ministry? As far as I’ve seen, there hasn’t been any single officially hired to lead a ministry full-time. And often,… Read More

Why Christian Leaders Need to be Exceptionally Good Bible Students

Posted: September 18, 2015

To listen to the podcast, “Why Christian Leaders Need to be Exceptionally Good Bible Students” (30 minutes), click on the link below. Click here to download. Scriptures referred to: James… Read More

Fresh Thoughts on Elders

Posted: September 18, 2015

Here I share some of my own thoughts about elders (overseers) and church leadership. I do not speak for a congregation or denomination. These are simply my own reflections on… Read More

Bringing back the stray

Posted: March 1, 2015

Bringing back for those who have wandered Since the Lord restores our souls (Psalm 23), and those who are spiritual ought to restore the brother caught in sin (Galatians 6:2),… Read More

Lording it Over Others (Mark 10:42)

Posted: February 20, 2015

The purpose of this podcast is to foster a Christian leadership culture. This is an important study for anyone in leadership, or considering it. Please listen to this podcast (18… Read More

Tips for speakers 2: Welcome talks, contribution talks, etc

Posted: January 21, 2015

This document contains the guidelines we use in the North River Church of Christ for anyone speaking before the congregation. Rather than leaving it to chance, let’s be proactive. Solid… Read More

Tips for speakers 1: Communion talks

Posted: January 21, 2015

This is the first of two documents intended to improve, streamline, and sharpen the address given in many churches before the Lord’s Supper. (The second document covers welcome talks, announcements,… Read More

NeuroLogica Blog

Posted: November 19, 2014

http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/lessons-from-dunning-kruger/#more-7303 Not sure how I found this and I’m not really a reader of psychology blogs, but I found this to be very interesting.  I’m not sending to you because… Read More

5 Church “Rejection” Traps Leaders Should Avoid, by David Fitch

Posted: July 31, 2013

Click here to download this interesting article in .pdf format.

Q&A 1296 – Eldership reconsidered

Posted: July 31, 2013

The following question came up recently concerning the eldership in our congregation. One of the couples in our oversight group just moved to another city. We believe in the importance of a plurality… Read More

Una Iglesia que Brilla (El Salvador, 2010)

Posted: July 31, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtT6XkHyqOg&feature=related

AIM BIBLIOGRAPHY (Mar 2017 version)

Posted: July 31, 2013

NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY * Learn locations for 100 useful N.T.  passages 1. Merrill Tenney, New Testament Survey (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985), ISBN 0-8028-3611-9 OR Robert Gundry, A Survey of the New Testament. 2…. Read More

The teaching of Frank Viola on leadership and authority

Posted: July 31, 2013

by Douglas Jacoby Frank Viola’s books and lessons raise some important questions: What did a church meeting look like in the first century? What is the extent of elders’ authority?… Read More

Narcissism and leadership

Posted: July 31, 2013

Interesting piece. Jesus taught that the best leaders are those people who rate low in ego and high in serving others. Click here for the article.

The feminist movement & Christian leadership

Posted: July 31, 2013

Here are a number of interesting links to pursue regarding feminism and its influence on Christianity. Thanks to Malcolm Cox of London, who recommended these articles in connection with the… Read More

Elders, Evangelists, Deacons & Teachers

Posted: July 31, 2013

The following paper has been included in the collection as matter of historical interest. To see how my views have continued to develop, see the paper on Church Polity. If you… Read More

Q&A 1042 – Involving ex-leaders

Posted: July 31, 2013

What is your advice regarding disciples who used to be leading or on staff, disagreed with the way things were being done and spoke up — but felt no one… Read More

The Sinews of Peace, by Malcolm Cox

Posted: July 31, 2013

Unity is valuable. Indeed, it is essential. Hard to forge – easy to lose. Are you are attempting to build unity and promote peace between congregations, or within a congregation?… Read More

Christian Chronicle Special Report

Posted: July 31, 2013

First installment of our “Are we growing?” series analyzes membership numbers and trends in the U.S. and state-by-state; also related stories, feedback opportunity, new poll and more. By Tamie Ross,… Read More

Keep speaking

Posted: March 23, 2011

Most of the feedback on the current series has been extremely positive, though a few persons have been unhappy with what I’ve written. Some seem to think I’ve changed my… Read More

G-12 Churches in the news (2006)

Posted: November 26, 2006

Download the pdf below to read about the “G-12” Hispanic churches. Available Downloads: Article-PDF (.pdf – 36k)

Discipleship, by Seth Asman

Posted: October 16, 2006

Seth Asman wrote this helpful article on discipleship. Available Downloads: Article (.doc – 42k)

Spiritual Balance, by Glenn Giles

Posted: September 18, 2006

Discovering, Achieving, and Implementing Spiritual Balance in the Life of the Christian and the Church. Read the entire article. The pdf is below for downloading. Available Downloads: article (.pdf -… Read More

Generation X and Churches, by Jeff Fawcett

Posted: August 26, 2006

I’ve been thinking a lot about generational impact lately. I already cited (for some of you) several relevant books by Neil Howe and William Strauss (see amazon.com and look up… Read More

Christian Church: Church planting, by Tom Jones

Posted: August 9, 2006

From: Tom Jones, Nashville Brothers and sisters, looks like we have a pretty good group signed up for some discussion. I will start it off with a few thoughts, and… Read More

Coming Back to the Heart of Worship, by Jack Reese

Posted: May 5, 2006

Jack Reese of Abilene Christian University wrote the following excellent article. I found it in the Christian Standard, which is the leading publication of the Christian Church. Link

Measuring What Matters

Posted: March 8, 2006

Read the article from Christianity Today. It is an interesting discussion between the growing gap of what Christians believe and what they practice. Attached is a pdf.

ACU Leadership resource

Posted: February 28, 2006

Click for Abilene Christian University’s ELDERLINK.

Building a Basic Bible Study Library, by Joey Harris

Posted: February 28, 2006

Building A Basic Bible Study Library Joey Harris Augusta, Georgia June 22, 2005 The best way to get to understand the Bible is simply to read it and to read… Read More

Q&A 0898 – Overseeing evangelists

Posted: February 24, 2006

Some have proposed that we need overseeing evangelists who have charge of, or responsibility for, more than their local congregation or church. Some go so far as to say this… Read More

Excellence

Posted: February 3, 2006

AIMING FOR EXCELLENCE: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failures, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy… Read More

How to Deal with Worship interruptions

Posted: February 1, 2006

Wow! I think every evangelist and church leader would benefit from reading this article (from Christianity Today). It’s extremely informative and helpful. http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2005/004/14.89.html

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

Posted: January 30, 2006

John Piper, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2002. ISBN 080542620-5. Here is a book to make everyone think, Christian… Read More

The Theologian and the Evangelist

Posted: December 16, 2005

Read the article by Haddon W. Robinson. It is in a pdf only. Available Downloads: article (.pdf – 217k)

Leadership Journal

Posted: November 21, 2005

From Focus on the Family – “The Busyness of Christianity.” http://www.christianitytoday.com/bcl/areas/spiritualgrowth/articles/100405.html

Discipling and Related Issues, by Michael Cameron

Posted: October 21, 2005

by Michael Cameron February, 2003 Introduction The aim of this essay is to biblically examine the doctrine of “discipling”, for the purpose of reviewing the way we organise and structure… Read More

Church Autonomy: good analogy

Posted: October 9, 2005

By Robert Jackson, Sydney, October 2005 “I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to… Read More

Groupthink

Posted: August 22, 2005

The term groupthink is a kind of false consensus common to decision-making groups dominated by a powerful leader. The relevance of this article to congregational leadership will soon be apparent…. Read More

Women’s Role Reconsidered: Sisters on Staff

Posted: August 10, 2005

This paper “disappeared” from the website for over a year. Although the original was written over 15 years ago, it will still be of interest to members of the churches… Read More

Driven Men

Posted: August 9, 2005

DRIVEN MEN © 2005, Douglas Jacoby In Gordon MacDonald”s excellent Ordering Your Private World (Nashville: Oliver Nelson, 1985), the author distinguishes between the driven person and the called person. The… Read More

Q&A 0427 – Are you against evangelists?

Posted: August 4, 2005

I hear that you are teaching against evangelists leading churches. Several of my friends have expressed concern that you are advocating the abolition of evangelists. Is this true? No, not… Read More

Unity on Three Levels (2005)

Posted: August 3, 2005

A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on… Read More

Ministry Staff and a Baseball Analogy, by Gordon Ferguson [2005]

Posted: June 17, 2005

Our Current Movement Dilemma In the past two years [2003-2005], the changes in our movement have been monumental. Many of these changes have occurred in organizational areas, at the level… Read More

Leadership meetings: Of what did they consist? – by Glenn Giles

Posted: June 9, 2005

Download the .pdf (97.3 KB)

A HELPFUL CONCEPT: COOPERATION WITH GOD, by Gordon Ferguson

Posted: April 26, 2005

A concept is a general idea that encompasses a set of specifics. Another way of describing it is to say it involves getting the big picture of a topic by… Read More

The Sins of a Failed Leadership, by Glenn Giles

Posted: April 20, 2005

The Gospel of Matthew seems to be structured around five major discourses of Jesus. As such, Matthew 23 would come at the end of the last (fifth) narrative and immediately… Read More

Book recommendations on healing and spiritual formation

Posted: March 10, 2005

This books list is related to past challenges, healing, and spiritual formation. Baile, Gil, Violence Unveiled, New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1992. This landmark work on how conflict emerges in communities… Read More

Golden Rule “Followership,” by Gordon Ferguson

Posted: March 8, 2005

Co-authoring a book like Golden Rule Leadership has been a daunting task. Which of us thinks we have perfected Jesus’ style of leading? Certainly not Wyndham or I. Our primary… Read More

A Balance of Power, or a Team?, by Gordon Ferguson (2004)

Posted: January 27, 2005

The past two years [2003-2005] has ushered in a time of unsettledness, upheaval, re-examination and uncertainty within most churches of the ICOC movement. Some things connected with this time have… Read More

Motivation Revisited: Correction or Inspiration? – Gordon Ferguson

Posted: January 25, 2005

Several months ago, I wrote an article entitled, “Motivation: Guilt or Grace” In that article, I made the case that our primary spiritual motivation as disciples should be grounded in… Read More

Q&A 0718 – Authority of evangelist

Posted: January 20, 2005

Can you think of an instance where an evangelist, elder, deacon, etc. might have his authority removed? A situation has happened in our local congregation that has sparked many questions… Read More

Honest to God, by Henry Kriete (“The letter”)

Posted: October 23, 2004

Honest to God—Revolution through repentance and freedom in Christ February 2, 2003 How the Lord has covered the Daughter of Zion with the cloud of his anger! He has hurled… Read More

Meeting Needs within the Church, by Andrew Kitchen

Posted: October 21, 2004

1Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being… Read More

My Vision for the Church, by Glenn Giles

Posted: September 22, 2004

My Vision for the Church – Glenn Giles by GLENN GILES, September, 9, 2004 Available Downloads: Church (.doc – 50k)

Biblical eldership: Qualities or Qualifications, by John Oakes & Keith Wright

Posted: August 24, 2004

Download: article (.doc – 97k)

Motivation, by Gordon Ferguson

Posted: June 2, 2004

Introduction In Christianity, motivation is everything! If this statement is an example of hyperbole (an overstatement to make a point), it is only slightly so. God is not nearly as… Read More

Eldership requirements, by Ronald Sawhill

Posted: May 7, 2004

Many people are asking this question, and have been doing so throughout all of 2004. The following paper, written by Ron Sawhill, covers the issues of Eldership requirements very well…. Read More

Discerning the Scriptures, by Jeff Chacon

Posted: April 8, 2004

“An Aid to Discerning the Scriptures” was written by Douglas Jacoby. Jeff Chacon refined Douglas’ article and used it in his congregation. This illustrates how a group of disciples who… Read More

Francine Rivers’ AND THE SHOFAR BLEW

Posted: March 10, 2004

Many of my readers will be as enthralled in this 2003 release as I was. Rivers’ latest book is a study in character and leadership, and how spiritual power can… Read More

Q&A 0505 – Must a wife want ministry?

Posted: February 25, 2004

In a document about qualifications of a teacher, you wrote (in the eighth criterion): “His wife must have passion for the ministry as well; they must be well matched in… Read More

Q&A 0481 – Power structures

Posted: January 27, 2004

Church organization is a topic essential for my congregation in the future. When people get together for any reason, they quite often create power structures, meeting places, rubber seal/stamps, internal/external… Read More

Believing Children, by Kelly Petre

Posted: December 2, 2003

Introduction: A. God has provided the church with “everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2… Read More

What is biblical? by James Greig

Posted: September 4, 2003

The purpose of this paper is to urge caution and care in moving forward in the present climate of change. It challenges everyone to think biblically. It recognises that not… Read More

Matthew 11:12: Forceful Men

Posted: August 3, 2003

(c) 2003, Douglas Jacoby Scriptural Study: BIASTAI (“forceful men”) For years we have heard of the need for “forceful men” and women in positions of spiritual leadership. Certainly now more… Read More

Doctrinal Courage and Humility

Posted: July 17, 2003

(1) “In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, liberty, in all things, charity.” (Rupertus Meldenius) (2) “It would be strange indeed the Church should require more than Christ himself did, or make… Read More

For the Ministerial Library

Posted: July 17, 2003

The following are very helpful manuals for ministers of the gospel, authored by Perry H. Biddle, Jr. A must for your ministerial library! * A Funeral Manual. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1976,… Read More

Q&A 0217 – Role of the teacher

Posted: July 16, 2003

Doug, it seems to me that the role of Teacher (didaskalos) isn’t really an office, but a role that some leaders fill (prophets in Acts 13:1, pastors in Ephesians 4:11,… Read More

Q&A 0376 – “Biblical” leadership model?

Posted: July 16, 2003

Many people have been asking this question, and let me begin by saying that just because a church is not ready to be led by an eldership, this does not… Read More

Church Polity

Posted: January 3, 2002

D. Jacoby, Jan. 2002 Polity 1538. [–L. politia – Gr. politeia ] 1. Civil order. b. Administration of a state; civil government 1715. 2.a A particular form of political organization… Read More

Crucial Counsel for Christian Leaders (Homosexuality & SSA)

Posted: November 25, 2000

SAME-SEX ATTRACTION: CRUCIAL COUNSEL FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERS   If you’re a leader or public speaker, take pains to speak respectfully and caringly about those who are caught up in the gay… Read More

Church Discipline

Posted: September 1, 1994

© DOUGLAS JACOBY, 1994. What does the Bible really say about church discipline? The view of the traditional Church of Christ has much to commend it, and we’ve adopted this… Read More

About Pruning

Posted: August 4, 1993

I. Recommitment: The Old Testament Principle The Old Testament may surprisingly have something to say about “pruning,” or calling people to recommit themselves to their baptismal confession. There are a… Read More