Can you do what Jesus did?

Not too long ago, on the way out of church, Jack and his wife, Pat, noticed a woman, alone, still sitting in her seat. But because they’d been trained to notice others and understand that, in the middle of their ordinary routines and ordinary days, God puts people in front of us for a reason, they stopped to say hello, introduce themselves, and ask if anything was wrong. The three ended up eating together and through asking questions and listening, they unpacked the woman’s story. Her husband had left, she lost her job, and now she felt at the end of her...Read more …
Pastor, do you love what you do?

Pastor, do you love what you do?

In September of 2015, the findings of a LifeWay Research survey of 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches found that only one percent abandon the pulpit each year. This discovery was in stark contrast to other surveys that have been taken–with seemingly contradictory results to the LifeWay study–indicating that many pastors leave the ministry every month! Are the outcomes different because of who was surveyed? What other variables could point to such drastically different results? It’s hard to say, but there are indicators that pastors think about leaving more often than they might let on. Who knows? Perhaps you are even among them! Regardless, we encourage you to read...Read more …
Making relationships changes the game. On the radio with Q Place’s Walk the Way

Making relationships changes the game. On the radio with Q Place’s Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way. Brought to you by Q Place. I’m Jeff Klein. After spending a whole day with me at one of my workshops, a man in the back raised his hand with excitement. When I called on Burt, he got kind of emotional and said, “I don’t know why, but I feel closer to the people of my church and closer to God than I ever have after practicing these skills all day.” Wow. It’s amazing how building relationships can change our hearts. What do you think would happen if you intentionally built relationships with the people...Read more …
On the Radio – Walk the Way

On the Radio – Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. And I’m Pam Klein. If you’re hoping to walk the way by entering into spiritual conversations with a group of people who believe differently than you do, you’ll want to take a few careful steps. First, choose to meet at a time and place that accommodates everyone and is comfortable. Consider proximity and make sure the atmosphere is warm and friendly and conducive to  listening to one another. Pray lots. Take the time to gather with the two or three other believers who are committed to...Read more …
Good deeds, good outreach

Good deeds, good outreach

If there is one thing we can learn from the history of the early church, it’s this: Without seminaries, church growth seminars, elaborate youth programs, large campuses, and giant screens with multi-media presentations, the church still grew at a phenomenal rate. Why? Because the early Christians lived in such a way that caused the world to stand up and take notice! They had a distinctive lifestyle that couldn’t be ignored–it was compelling. Living with selfless abandon gets everyone’s attention. Then and now. Good deeds Like the early church, do you want to form a compelling bridge over which the good news can travel to a...Read more …
Is the wrong rule holding you back?

Is the wrong rule holding you back?

 Cheryl Bachelder shoots the arrow pretty straight when it comes to her passionate belief in servant leadership. In the TED Talk posted here, Ms. Bachelder is talking about her signature topic: leadership, in what’s come to be characterized as her own signature way: by talking about serving. Don’t consider yourself a leader? You ought to still listen to this passionate restaurant industry executive’s important learned wisdom—because it just might make you one. Bachelder casts a compelling vision for “service making the leader,” so to speak. Here are just a few of her inspiring and thought-provoking statements: Servant leaders turn the spotlight towards the people and focus all their energy on...Read more …
Talking through (not around) touchy subjects

Talking through (not around) touchy subjects

John and a group of men from his church decided last fall, that they needed to meet more regularly. Aside from a few interactions before and after their corporate worship gatherings, and a small group meeting here and there, the men came to the realization that they really didn’t know each other! And with a church culture excited about getting more involved on the mission of God in the New Year by sharing their faith with others, this group of men agreed: how would they be able to walk alongside and have spiritual conversations with those who believe differently if they didn’t...Read more …
Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

In my work as a hospice chaplain, I recently had an opportunity to be part of a little act of love. I arrived at a home to visit a 97-year old patient just as her caregiver—her granddaughter-in-law, Sally—was struggling to re-arrange the furniture in the living room to make room for our hospital bed. When I arrived, Sally was on the verge of tears, frustrated because she had been unable to get a straight answer from the VA about what to do with their hospital bed in anticipation of the swap. So, I helped her with that and soon enough we...Read more …
Let us help you with your New Year’s resolution!

Let us help you with your New Year’s resolution!

When it comes to being healthy, WebMD, the popular site for health information, says that we really ought to give all our New Year’s resolutions a rest and, instead, set more realistic goals that are not limited to a “once-a-year, do-or-die, all-out assault on that Everest of debt, those flabby thighs, or the hideous wallpaper you keep meaning to replace….'” If we do, the blog continues, “we may actually find that the finish line isn’t so far away after all.” What finish line are you after? According to USA.gov, the nation’s official Web portal, Americans commonly resolve every January to: Lose weight Manage...Read more …
On the Radio–Today on Walk the Way

On the Radio–Today on Walk the Way

This is Walk the Way, brought to you by Q Place, I’m Jeff Klein. Titus 2:10 finishes with these words: …so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. Here, Paul is talking about those who call themselves followers of Jesus and how their lives are supposed to make the Gospel attractive. This got me thinking about mine. Did my baseball coaching this summer make the Gospel attractive to everyone at the games? Does my parenting reflect the love of God my Savior? What would someone conclude about my God watching me interact with...Read more …