Recently my friend Jonathan, a pastor in New York City, asked me to share any advice I had on going to two services. I've led two churches to add a second service, both successfully. Based on my experience here's what I shared with him... 1. I cast vision about going to two services constantly for one year before launching them, so much that everyone got sick of me talking … [Read more...]
Should We Start A Mid-Week Believer’s Service?
A while ago I received an email from a good friend of mine who is a church planter in Pittsburgh. He asked… Brian, Have you guys ever tossed around the idea of doing a mid-week “believers” type of service? If yes, can you give me a brief reason why you decided to do it? If no, is there a specific reason you haven’t visited that idea? In the spring we were running in the … [Read more...]
How Much Detail Should Senior Pastors Publicly Share About Their Sins?
I’ve always had great respect for Senior Pastors who wear their souls on their sleeves. But who among us hasn’t, for the sake of a quick laugh or a momentary pull on the heartstrings, shared something from the stage they wished they could take back? It’s a fine line to meander. A few years ago I was preaching on some topic, I don’t remember now what it was, but I’ll never … [Read more...]
9 Things Senior Pastors Need To Say “NO” To (Or They’ll Regret It Later)
One of the hardest disciplines for any Senior Pastor to practice is the discipline of letting our “Yes be Yes” and our “No be No” (Matthew 5:37). How many of us have said "yes" to someone in the spur of the moment, not wanting to hurt their feelings, only to regret it later, all because we couldn’t muster the courage to say the seven least heard words in a Senior Pastor’s … [Read more...]