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Why Evangelism Tools Succeed or Fail

By Dick Loizeaux

I have a dinner knife with a bent blade in our silverware drawer. Someone (who shall
remain nameless) tried to use it as a screwdriver. The dinner knife did not remove the screw. The screw damaged the knife. Because dinner knives are not designed to remove screws. 

Pastor’s Tool Time lesson: Using an evangelism tool to accomplish a job it was...

Dealing with Annonymous Letters

By Dick Loizeaux

All pastors get them. Unsigned notes that arrive unannounced and unwelcomed, "kindly" telling us everything we did wrong last Sunday, or at the last business meeting, or since the day we were spawned with a sin nature. They come from our dearest friend, Mister or Misses Anonymous. So what do you do with them after grinding your teeth and uttering and a few imprecatory Psalms? Thom Rainer blogs some good advice.

Note to readers: A dear friend of mine sent me a copy of this email he sent to his pastor this week. Anonymous letters and emails and...

Is Your Church a Front Porch or a Backyard Patio?

By Dick Loizeaux

In the town where I grew up, there is a section of leafy streets lined with stately houses built in the late 1800s. Most of these grand old houses have one thing in common: a large front porch, sometimes wrapping around two or three sides of the house, furnished with wicker chairs, sofas or even a loveseat swinging from the porch rafters. 

In years gone by, those front...

How to Stop Hating the “Vision” Word!

By Dick Loizeaux

Some pastors are real vision animals. But the truth is we are often afraid to admit that the majority of pastors aren’t vision animals.  In fact there is reason to believe as much as 85% of pastors either are confused, frustrated, disappointed, or even angry when it comes to discussing church vision.  See if any of these statements capture your feeling:

“I’m...

Taking Threats to Church Health Seriously

By Dick Loizeaux

Contrary to many of the seminars you and I have attended, we all know that the church is more than just sermons, strategies and systems. It is a living thing with a beating heart. Our church a “body” and like every body it is susceptible to infections that make it sick. Our church a “family” and like any family it probably has dysfunctional behaviors that affect everyone in the family system....

New Hope for Smaller, Older Church

By: Dick Loizeaux

If you are the pastor of a smaller, older, church, you may sometimes feel like a little canoe rocked by the wake of the mega-church powerboats that pass you by. After all, most of the conferences and new books seem to be about planting new churches or merging smaller churches into bigger and better churches. Pastors of smaller churches can feel trapped in the backwaters of ministry. Do you ever feel that way?

Let me be clear: church planting and church merging are great if that is what God has called you to do. I know. I planted a church...

Are We Missing Part of the Gospel?

By Dick Loizeaux

The church in America today has better training and more resources for doing evangelistic outreach than any time in history. We can Break the Missional Code, do Neighborhood Mapping, conduct Prayer Walks, train our people to Just Walk Across The Room, and Share Christ According to Our Personality Style. We can orchestrate missional strategies, attractional events, high–tech marketing, and
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The Overlooked Benefits of Tithing

By Dick Loizeaux

If we aren’t careful our Tithing Testimonies can all start to sound the same:

“God met my needs…God grew my heart…God paid back my sacrifice…God honored my prayers”

All good stuff. But the benefits of a lifestyle of tithing can be much bigger than just those. Listen to the article below, excerpted from “Irrational Act” by Rich Karlgaard, Forbes.com...

Implementing "Real Time" Church Health Assessment

By Dick Loizeaux

An annual church health assessment is important. But is it enough? Not by a long shot.

I track my exercise and diet between annual physicals so I don’t have to tell my wife I got a bad doctor's report. I pay attention to the health of my marriage between my anniversary dates so my anniversary will not be spent dealing with a long list of disappointments. I try to give staff performance...

8 Reasons to Call an Interim Pastor

By Dick Loizeaux

Sometimes when a pastor resigns people say “We have lots of contacts with people who can fill the pulpit. We don’t need an interim pastor. We can’t afford one.”

However, the truth is most churches can’t afford not to utilize an intentional interim pastor. The cost of not using an interim can be very high. Here are just a few:

  1. If your congregation does not properly move through any confusion, grief, or anger surrounding the last pastor’s departure, they may not be healthy enough to conduct an effective pastoral search or to attract a...

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