By Lance Witt on Oct 16, 2017
"In ministry, there are certain tensions that we must live with. Sometimes they seem contradictory, but they are tensions that are actually healthy for us."
By Lance Witt on Oct 9, 2017
"There is nothing worse than trying to inspire people to be passionate about God when you have little or no passion yourself. There is nothing more empty feeling than trying to connect people to God when you feel disconnected from God."
By Lance Witt on Oct 2, 2017
"When it comes to our preaching, we live in the constant tension between pastor and prophet. On one hand, as pastors we want to encourage and care for the sheep. So, in our preaching we want to be uplifting and hopeful. On the other hand, as prophets we must sometimes say the hard things that the sheep don’t want to hear."
By Lance Witt on Sep 25, 2017
“Everything worthwhile is uphill. Everything that is valuable, you have to work for. No one ever coasted their way to success. Most people have uphill hopes but have downhill habits.”
By Lance Witt on Sep 18, 2017
"In the last thirty years within the church world, there has been a subtle shifting of the spotlight. Inadvertently, in many places, it has become all about the bride (the church) rather than the groom (Jesus)."
By Lance Witt on Sep 11, 2017
"It may be that the great sin of the church in our generation is the trivializing of God. The Jesus Christ, in whom the fullness of deity dwells, is not to be boxed in, airbrushed, made over, tamed, explained or explained away. I am deeply convinced that the way you live will be a direct consequence of how you see God."
By Lance Witt on Aug 28, 2017
One of the reasons the word accountability gets a bad rap is because of the way some people have carried out accountability. Holding people accountable is not using your position as a club to embarrass, humiliate, mistreat, belittle or shame people. Our accountability of people should make those on our team better not bitter.
By Lance Witt on Aug 21, 2017
A couple of years ago I had the chance to sit down with a former staff member that had served on my team more than a decade ago. We really hadn’t kept in touch very much. At one point during our lunch the conversation turned more serious. And in a moment of candor he said to me “You know, you weren’t very easy to work for.” The truth is, he was right.
By Lance Witt on Aug 14, 2017
What are the makings of an exceptional team?
By Lance Witt on Aug 7, 2017
In a storm, it is helpful to have a plan, but it is even more important to have clear, decisive leadership in the midst of everything being blown apart.
By Lance Witt on Jul 31, 2017
There will be a day that feels like a normal day, but there is a devastating hurricane about to hit your team. It is the hurricane of a moral failure by one of your team members. But if you have prepared, it won’t be a “freak out” moment, it will be a “let’s execute our hurricane plan” moment.
By Lance Witt on Jul 24, 2017
It is going to happen. Take it to the bank. You can count on it. Someone on your team or in your organization will have a disastrous moral failure. So how do your prepare?
By Lance Witt on Jul 17, 2017
Jesus cares just as much about how we treat people along the path to fulfilling our vision as he does if we accomplish the vision.
By Lance Witt on Jul 10, 2017
What is the key to relational leadership?
By Lance Witt on Jul 3, 2017
“To do two things at once is to do neither.” Those words were not written by a distracted, multi-tasking millennial. They were written by Publilius Syrus, a Latin writer born in 85BC.
By Lance Witt on Jun 26, 2017
Two reasons why the constant use of technology is a danger to our soul.
By Lance Witt on Jun 19, 2017
What effects is technology having on your soul?
By Lance Witt on Jun 12, 2017
Outside the walls of your church, there is a spiritual harvest waiting to be reaped. Like Jesus, we must be broken for the broken.
By Lance Witt on Jun 5, 2017
Growing in knowledge is important, but knowledge without relationship is dangerous. That was one of the big issues Jesus had with the Pharisees. They had biblical knowledge but their heart was far from God.
By Lance Witt on May 29, 2017
Ultimately, if God is not working in you, the joy of his work through you will be short-lived.
By Lance Witt on May 22, 2017
Pound for pound, nothing is as powerful as your tongue. As pastors, we count on God to use our tongues as His instrument. In last week’s article, we talked about using our words to bless and speak life into others. This week I want to add 2 additional strategies for the wise use of words.
By Lance Witt on May 15, 2017
Our words have incredible power. Both what we say and, how we say it are of great importance.
By Lance Witt on May 8, 2017
“Sometimes as a worship pastor,” he said, “I feel like a dancing bear. It’s my job to get up and perform for the crowd, and as long as the performance is good, everyone is happy. Except me. Something is missing and I don’t know what to do.”
By Lance Witt on May 1, 2017
Let me ask you, what are you trusting God for? Where are you practicing the spiritual discipline of anticipation?
By Lance Witt on Apr 24, 2017
As pastors we need to do a better job with the discipline of “sanctified lingering”.
By Lance Witt on Apr 17, 2017
For many Christians shame isn’t about a sordid past or dark skeletons in our closet. We live with a low-grade nagging feeling that we are never “enough”.
By Lance Witt on Apr 10, 2017
Some of the hard work of our sanctification is dealing with some of the broken places in our lives beneath the surface…beneath the waterline.
By Lance Witt on Apr 3, 2017
The greatest gift we give a new believer is not information, it is RELATIONSHIP. The primary need of a new believer is nurture not knowledge.
By Lance Witt on Mar 27, 2017
None of us are exempt from the danger of cynicism and turning ministry into nothing more than a job.
By Lance Witt on Mar 20, 2017
How do you not let the burden of ministry not rob you of the blessing of ministry?