Christian Leaders Continue to Lose Influence In The Culture

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When it comes to Christian leaders, in my own lifetime, I’ve seen a staggering loss of influence. My father was a pastor, and back in the 50’s and 60’s it seemed like everyone in Charlotte, North Carolina respected my dad. Even people who would never darken the door of a church would come to him for advice – particular when it came to major life decisions. But today, not so much. We’ve all seen it creep down, but Pew Research just released new data that indicates only

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Why Leaders Are Often The Last To Know

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When I consult with churches, ministries, or nonprofits, I’m often surprised – even shocked – how often the leader is the last to know what’s going on in the organization. Theoretically, vision trickles down from the top, but in reality, a great deal comes from the bottom up, and when that happens, a leader who isn’t in touch with the team, becomes the least influential person in the organization.  I recently read a quote from the late Andy Grove, former CEO of computer microchip maker Intel. He mentioned his surprising encounter with another company and the fact that the president of that company was the last to know about an important issue:

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Want More Online Viewers? Make It Shorter

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I’ve been teaching for a long time that too many churches and religious organizations are making a huge mistake by only posting full length sermons and teachings on either their website or podcasts.  Certainly it’s fine (and a good idea) to archive your live stream, media programming, and other content in full online.  However, when it comes to people actually viewing it, it’s an

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Don’t Let Your Church End Up Like Playboy Magazine

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The Playboy empire has been crumbling for a number of years, and the latest news is that founder Hugh Hefner wants to sell his iconic mansion in Beverly Hills – but he wants to find an buyer who will let him live there for the rest of his life.  At one time the Playboy empire represented the top of the mountain when it came to the sexual revolution. Celebrities, top athletes, rock stars, and big name executives crowded around the parties that were regularly thrown at the mansion, complete with scantily clad bunnies. But today that empire is

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What Christians Should Look For in 2016

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Looking at the direction of the culture, the shape of trends, and the current challenges we face, here’s a handful of ideas to look for in 2016. I strongly recommend that you share this with pastors, ministry and nonprofit leaders you know, because from a media perspective, these are the critical areas that I believe we should focus our messages on in the coming year:

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How The West Really Lost God

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After sitting on my reading list for almost two years, I finally cracked open Mary Eberstadt’s book “How The West Really Lost God,” and I regret not reading it sooner. I don’t normally review books on this blog, but as I read it, I couldn’t help but think that every Christian leader – particularly pastors – in Europe and America needs to read this book. The big question the book was based on is: “How and why has Christianity really come to decline in important parts of the West?”  We would all agree that Christianity is

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Leaders: Does Everyone On Your Team Know Your Vision?

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It’s always bracing to hear leadership principles from military officers because they often have to make life and death decisions. America’s highest ranking officer, and the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Shared some leadership insights recently at a conference that I thought worth repeating. Here’s what he had to say:

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