Leadership Blog

Get the Recipe Right by Jim Graff Growing up, I had a huge extended family. My mom and dad had eight siblings each, which meant a lot of cousins for me! Every year, from Christmas Eve to New Years’ Day, we would visit every single house. That meant that you could gain 25 lbs. over the holidays if you wanted! One year, one...

How to Get Your Prayers Answered   by Pastor Jim Graff I’ve been a pastor for 30+ years, so over time, I have heard quite a few definitions of prayer. Out of all of them, there are two that have really hit home with me. The first one comes from a Bible dictionary that I like. It says that prayer is man’s utter...

Preparing Your Church for Immeasurable Impact by Pastor Jim Graff One aspect I love about the ministry is how impossible it is to calculate our eternal worth.  In Luke chapter 6, Jesus talks about our call to give to others and describes our return as being good measure and running over.  None of us will ever know fully what our efforts have...

Authentic Praise Honors God and Builds Churches Too! by Pastor Jim Graff As a young pastor in training, I heard my father-in-law, the late John Osteen tell an interesting story.  He described a worship service that one of the church businessmen brought his attorney friend to.  The businessman was concerned that the worship might be a little too exuberant for this dignified attorney. ...

Making Disciples Pastor Jim Graff Have you noticed how eager people are to reach new places of success in their lives? Most of us are constantly and carefully planning the next step vital to our desired destination. I clearly remember one morning when my son confidently explained to me that he was ready to take the training wheels off his bike. He was...

Contagious Churches by Pastor Jim Graff Are you praying for insight about how your church can impact the unchurched?  I remember thinking – “If our church ever becomes popular among the unchurched, we’ll sure be able to do lots of good.  After all, there are lots of people needing redemption in our community.” Think about this, do you remember who led you to...

A Call to Compassion … Watch it connect you with your community by Pastor Jim Graff A destitute woman.  A sick and desperate mother.  A prodigal son; these were the kind of people Jesus exercised continual compassion toward.  After demonstrating his great compassion in every synagogue and village of Israel, Jesus did something else.  He made it clear that he was calling...

When Addiction is a Good Thing by Pastor Jim Graff If you know my wife, you know how much she loves coffee. To her, it’s a non-negotiable. She has to have three cups every day just like she has since the time she was a kid. I grew up differently. I didn’t drink coffee. I had a mother who was 5’4” and a...

Experiencing The Reality of Christmas by Pastor Jim Graff I have to admit, I love special moments. And I would say that, for a man, I am pretty sentimental. I love to slow down and squeeze the special out of something, to create a memory to celebrate. You know what I’ve realized? God loves special moments too. All throughout the Bible, we...