The Southern Baptist Convention: What’s In a Name?

I remember during the 2012 Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting being somewhat perplexed.  A motion came forward to change the name of the SBC.  As my memory serves me, the thought process behind the motion was to help Southern Baptists who plant churches in the northern states and in other parts of the country not located in the South to …

5 Tips for Dealing With Critics

If you spend any time in ministry, you will have critics.  People might criticize your appearance, your preaching, your leadership style, your personality, or how you spend your time.  Whenever we encounter criticism, we are tempted to become defensive or discouraged.  There are times where we might also become angry and lash out at our critic.  While such times can …

3 Reasons I Like Youth Ministry Networks

Leadership is a lonely place.  Youth ministry leadership can be especially lonely, as youth ministers shepherd students who are facing challenges and issues unprecedented in previous generations.  They sometimes serve in churches whose members resist their efforts to contextualize the gospel to reach students and find themselves in the role of trying to help these members, and even their pastors, …

Elders: Are They Baptistic?

Over the past few years, I’ve seen the following arguments raised by Southern Baptists on social media who are opposed to a plurality of elders: Churches with a plurality of elders are more Presbyterian than Southern Baptist. Pastors who believe in a plurality of elders are playing semantic games with the current Baptist Faith and Message 2000, which mentions “pastors …

3 M’s of Leadership

(This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of the Baptist Courier) One of the most powerful memories I have of the Army involves standing in a chow line with other officers waiting for our enlisted soldiers to get their food.  The reason we stood in line rather than going ahead of our soldiers directly related to the 3 M’s …

10 Steps for Leading Change in Your Church

(This article appeared first in the Baptist Courier on May 3, 2016) About 300 years ago, George Whitefield and John Wesley led a great Evangelical Awakening in the United Kingdom.  However, last month, on a study abroad trip to England and Scotland, I was reminded of the need for change within churches as we witnessed large cathedrals that no longer …