First Day as Lead Pastor

Today is a big day. Today I start as the Lead Pastor of Kamloops Alliance Church. Today is the day I start to live a dream that God placed in my heart more than five years ago. Today is the first day…

Calling, transition and change…

Things around christhroness.com have been very quiet lately. To my loyal reader (Mom), I apologize. But it has been for a good reason. I want to bring you up to speed on some big changes in my life.…

Building Great Teams: 8 effective outcomes from 1 easy exercise

Great Leaders Build Great Teams Bill Hybels, a leadership expert and current Lead Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, rightly notes that whenever a leader gets better, the whole…

Character Matters Most: 3 Lessons from the Life and Ministry of Billy Graham

No matter your religious background, it's nearly impossible to ignore the tremendous legacy of Billy Graham. As the world received the news this week of his passing, his influence permeated every…

Facing the Monster: receiving feedback and criticism

The Big Ugly Monster If you've been a leader for any length of time, you know "the monster" and the feeling that comes from facing it all too well. It's the person who approaches you after a sermon…

3 Ways to Prioritize Prayer in 2018

The Challenge To a room of successful Christian leaders, Puritan John Owen said, “A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees…

The Best Books of 2017

When it comes to choosing a good book to read, the possibilities are (almost) literally endless. The Library of Congress, in Washington D.C., houses almost 18 million books. To add to this, almost…

4 Ways Leaders Needlessly Spend Their Chips

I can confidently say that I am one of the worst poker players you will ever meet for two specific reasons. As my wife would attest, I have a terrible poker face; she can read every emotion. Also,…

The Emotionally Healthy Leader

Some time ago, former Pastor and Evangelical leader Rob Bell articulated a painful reality for leaders: Leadership is “death by a thousand paper cuts." These metaphorical papercuts are the seemingly…

Top Three Preaching Insights

Malcolm Gladwell coined the idea of the ten-thousand-hour rule, saying that in order to be an expert in anything, you must invest ten thousand hours of time. This goes for any skill: a golf swing,…

Reading culture by reading Taylor: Three takeaways from “Our Secular Age”

Charles Taylor’s “A Secular Age” is widely considered the most helpful analysis on how we have come to live in our current cultural climate. Using intellectual history, Taylor, a Catholic and…

So you want to be a senior church leader? 4 things you need to cultivate now

I'll never forget the walk with my Lead Pastor. It was the Winter of 2014 and there was some transition in our team. During this walk, my Lead Pastor asked me to take the role of Executive Pastor. I…

Redeeming Technology: 2 Apps I couldn’t do without

When the wi-fi cuts out at our church, we all seem to be lost. It is amazing to see how dependent we are on technology. This is vastly different than the world that my Grandfather worked in. Can…

5 Ways to Lead Millennial Church Leaders

Millennials are a hot topic right now. Leadership expert, Simon Sinek’s video “Millennials in the workplace” has 7.8 million views on YouTube. You either hear praise of their innovative and…

Conflict or Coasting? 3 Situations where you need to initiate conflict

The Reality of Conflict Everyone is a little bit scared of conflict. Even the bravest, outfitted with a personality that fights instead of flights when completely transparent do not enjoy conflict.…