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Archive for September 2009

Don’t Save the Congregation – Rediscover the Unique & Compelling Mission

September 28, 2009

The story is well known in many churches across America.  Churches that were once large and effective are in decline.  Attendance is down.  Money is down.  People have circled the wagons for survival to stave off the congregation’s demise.  The goal is survival:  more people in the pews, more money in the bank account and […]

The Cover Up: Sabotage (Part 7)

September 28, 2009

As we have seen, each one of us has a defining set of values that guides our decision-making. Most of our values remain at the unconscious level. We don’t spend conscious time deciding if the things we see and hear are valuable to us. And once we begin to cross wires and live inconsistently (cognitive […]

My New Book – Chapter Two, Part One

September 24, 2009

Chapter Two: The Three Sides of Leadership Tod Bolsinger, Senior Pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church, looked at me intently. “I am excited about the possibility of you coming in here and helping us in a consultation”, he said. “But there’s something you need to know. We have had several other consultants here – reputable […]

Free Registration for the first 75

September 22, 2009

FREE Registration for the first 75 to register online and book their room with the Millennium Resort! Speakers: Leighton Ford & Jim Osterhaus The inner life of leaders is complicated and often neglected. The TAG Leaders Forum is an invitation event for pastors and church leaders who have a desire to be the most effective, […]

Bad Math Lie #3

September 16, 2009

The truth about adding services to reach more people I was 25 years old when the young adult ministry I had been leading for four years launched as a church. It had been a wild first four years, and we were excited for a new journey. While we were technically planting a church, I do […]

Chapter One, Closing

September 14, 2009

As we begin our journey of understanding the Leadership Triangle and how its principles can shape the way you lead in your own organization, we will look back to the East Lake story again and again. It is a story that offers instruction, for sure. But more importantly, it offers hope of transformation. Perhaps Eva […]

Small Group Podcast

September 2, 2009

Today on the Transforming Church website we have posted the 4-part podcast on Small Groups. The podcast is hosted by TAG Associates Rich Hurst and Beth Baron. Go to and click on the “Free Podcasts” button on the lower left section of the main page. We hope you and your team find the free […]

Leading a “Youth Movement”

September 1, 2009

“Wow! Time has flown by….” That’s the thought that kept running though my mind last week, having dropped off my youngest to start her college career. The “nest” is now empty. What a weird concept. As I’ve reflected on the last 25 years of child-rearing, I realized that’s just about how long I’ve been involved […]