By Carey Nieuwhof on Oct 18, 2017
"If you’ve been in ministry for any length of time, you know the challenge of trying to move the mission forward and handle the pastoral needs of a congregation at the same time. One of the most perplexing problems pastors and church leaders face is how to handle ‘pastoral emergencies’—the crises that come up in the lives of people that they look to you to help solve."
By Carey Nieuwhof on Oct 2, 2017
"I recently surveyed 1400 small and mid-sized church pastors to find out what they struggle with most as their church grows. They overwhelmingly identified developing leaders as their top challenge."
By Carey Nieuwhof on Sep 26, 2017
Why is it that most churches never break the 200 attendance mark?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Sep 9, 2017
If you want to imitate the great leaders when you face challenging situations, do these three things.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Aug 11, 2017
Moral failure takes out more leaders than it should. But real success is deeper than just avoiding the ditch.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Aug 1, 2017
How are your email habits affecting your effectiveness?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Jul 17, 2017
Ever think that growth will solve all your problems?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Jun 23, 2017
There are some things I wore as badges of honor as a young leader I no longer wear as badges of honor today. What breaks my heart is I see many leaders falling into the same patterns I did.
By Carey Nieuwhof on May 3, 2017
If you were to focus on just a handful of key principles to master in leadership, which would you focus on?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Apr 5, 2017
As harsh as it sounds, here’s the truth: if a leader doesn’t buy you, they’ll rarely buy your idea.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Mar 3, 2017
When you’re a church leader, you feel a lot of pressure.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Feb 4, 2017
Jesus said Christians should be known for how deeply we love. Yet studies show that in the eyes of many non-Christians, we’re known for how deeply we judge, not for how deeply we love.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Jan 6, 2017
Obviously, some leaders have emotional or sexual affairs with people to whom they are not married. As heartbreaking, future-altering and faith-shattering as those affairs can be, there’s another kind of affair you’re actually far more likely to have.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Dec 1, 2016
You might think it’s an event you do, or perhaps it’s Easter. But whether Christmas has historically been your best opportunity to reach unchurched people or not, I believe it could be.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Nov 4, 2016
What if this one generation actually just sacrificed for the sake of another? What if they gave up their preferences in music, style and taste so that others could come to know Christ?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Oct 3, 2016
Pastors aren’t fake; the struggle is real.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Sep 9, 2016
While social media and even traditional media are still preoccupied with mega churches and multi-site churches, the reality is that most churches in North America are quite small.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Aug 15, 2016
Here are 7 things bad leaders say. I only know this, because, over the years, I’ve caught myself thinking or even saying some of these things.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Aug 6, 2016
It comes up in a surprising number of conversations these days. And no one’s quite sure how to respond to it.
The issue? Even committed church attenders are attending church less often.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Jul 12, 2016
Burnout is almost an epidemic among church leaders today, and it’s increasingly common among business leaders as well.
Even young leaders are burning out. No longer is burnout an “I’ve been at this too long” kind of phenomenon.
So what happens if you burnout?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Jun 14, 2016
So as a church leader – as views on sexuality, family, parenting, drugs, finance and other values change – how do you respond? What do you do when the world for which you trained—maybe even the world where your approach was once effective—is disappearing before your eyes?
By Carey Nieuwhof on May 12, 2016
As with almost everything in life, there are subtle signs your peak may be near or you may be cresting past it. Other times, the signs of death are evident to everyone but the leaders. If you recognize the signs early enough, you can reverse the trend.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Apr 1, 2016
One of the best practices you can develop as a leader is to identify your excuses and eliminate them. Start thinking and talking a different game.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Mar 1, 2016
With the vast majority of churches struggling in some way, it’s time to rethink our future mission.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Feb 24, 2016
Preaching is one of the most demanding tasks required of communicators.
You’re not just giving a ‘talk,’ you’re communicating the Word of God—faithfully (you trust). And you do this in front of groups of people who have more communication options and sources than at any point in human history.
Not an easy task.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Feb 4, 2016
Trusting people in leadership can be a disheartening and confusing proposition. And the stakes are high.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Sep 10, 2015
Unless you’re in a free fall right now, it can be hard to know whether your congregation will thrive, survive or take a dive in the next decade.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Mar 3, 2015
What's the difference between a sermon that changes someone's life and one that no one can remember even as they drive out of the parking lot?
By Carey Nieuwhof on Aug 15, 2014
Every week, gifted communicators kill the messages they bring by making at least seven predictable, fixable mistakes.
By Carey Nieuwhof on Jun 17, 2014
What’s the difference between a sermon that flops and a sermon that people still buzz about years later?