Taming Your Tongue

Taming Your Tongue Read James 3:1-12. “Loose lips sink ships.”  During World War II, this slogan appeared on propaganda posters created and distributed by a major American distiller. The slogan advised servicemen and other American citizens to avoid careless talk … Read More

Final Exhortation from Paul

Final Exhortation from Paul While a member of Mars Hill Church, I was honored to serve on the team that wrote inductive studies in support of the sermon series. From 2011 to 2014, we wrote seven inductive studies; many are … Read More

Unity in the Church

Unity in the Church While a member of Mars Hill Church, I was honored to serve on the team that wrote inductive studies in support of the sermon series. From 2011 to 2014, we wrote seven inductive studies; many are … Read More

What Does It Take To Be #2?

Who’s best suited to serve the #1? Someone who has been in that spot before. What makes a great executive pastor? This is a question I have been asked often by church pastors looking for help finding an executive pastor. … Read More

Opposites Impact: Lead & Executive Pastors

Opposites Impact: Lead & Executive Pastors Lead pastors often have a tough time finding an executive pastor because they tend to look for a version of themselves, but the second-in-charge should never be a clone. Instead, the lead and executive … Read More

The Second-in-Charge: Are you a Haman or a Joseph?

The Second-in-Charge: Are you a Haman or a Joseph?   Whether you are a COO, a vice president, or an executive pastor, a second-in- charge by definition serves the leader of an organization. More than an executive assistant, the second-in-charge … Read More

Influence is More than Access

Influence is More Than Access Access and influence are easily confused but far from synonymous. You don’t need access to a leader in order to influence him or her, and conversely, just because you have access doesn’t mean you’re influential. … Read More

The Sin of My Discontent

The Sin of My Discontent “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus … Read More

How to Leave Well

How to Leave Well Years ago, after a season of dedicated service at Celebration Church in Austin, Texas, I sensed the beginning of the end of my employment. If I had been working in the business world, my game plan … Read More

3 Vital Variables to Church Growth

3 Vital Variables to Church Growth In your church’s journey to the next level of size and maturity, three factors will fuel or foil your attempts. Every church of every size must evaluate each one of these three variables in … Read More

An Executive Pastor Calling

An Executive Pastor Calling Sutton Turner spent his first 35 years accumulating everything a man could want: a successful business, a beautiful wife and kids, a golf swing, lots of money, and plenty of free time to enjoy the finer … Read More

Jesus Wants Business Leaders

Jesus Wants Business Leaders Many of us assume that leaders in the church must have some sort of professional credentials, like formal ordination or a seminary degree. That’s what I thought, anyway. But what does the Bible say? We have … Read More

The Sin of Partiality

The Sin of Partiality The Bible tells us not to give preference or privilege to the rich over the poor, but partiality can go both ways. Rich people need pastors. There is no doubt that the Bible provides special comfort,blessing, … Read More