Early Adopters – and Late!

By Waylon Bailey Years ago I learned the concept of early, middle, and late adopters. I’ve been watching and confirming this phenomenon ever since. This understanding has helped me tremendously in pastoral leadership. I think it will help you as well in the way you lead and relate to people. Here’s the way it works. We all fit in one …

Good News

By Waylon Bailey I have good news. According to the guidelines issued by the president and our governor, we will re-gather for live services beginning Saturday evening May 23 at 6 PM. We will then meet Sunday, May 24 at 9 AM and 11 AM. We have moved the 9:30 service to 9:00 AM to allow time to clean the facility between services. When our connect groups and children’s …

Stages and Phases of ReGathering

By Waylon Bailey. Soon churches all over America and around the world will start regathering–what wonderful days that will be. We have learned again why Jesus died for His church. How good our God is! As I have noted before, we don’t have an exact date for regathering, but we anticipate it will be soon. When that happens, our church …

Trust and Regathering

By Waylon Bailey. Where will you eat out in the future? On what airline will you fly? What about which hotel where you will stay? All of these have the same answer–the one I trust. For the foreseeable future, trust will be the number one criterion for places we will visit in the coming days. That includes places of worship. …

How to Cope with Social Distancing

By Waylon Bailey I’m sure I’ve never thought that I would be writing about social distancing or how to cope with being quarantined, but this is reality. By the way, when I told a friend about this blog, he suggested that another title might be, “How to live with your children all day without going stir crazy.” I laughed and …

How Should We Treat Others?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ If we ask our brothers and sisters in Christ how we should treat other people, I believe you would get three really good answers. First, we should love others as you love yourself. This is, of course, exactly what God says in Scripture (Leviticus 19:18) and what Jesus told us to do. This law of love …

If You Want to be a Leader

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Many people run from leadership while other people run toward it. Some people have a healthy view of leadership while many others (whether they aspire to leadership or not) have a very unhealthy view. Here are some teachings from God’s Word about leadership. First, leadership will encounter opposition. Any person who thinks that leadership is a …

What Nehemiah Teaches Us about Leadership and Teamwork

By: Waylon Bailey ~ The Book of Nehemiah is an ancient book with a contemporary message. It teaches us about leadership, teamwork, and relationships with others.Here are some of the lessons God teaches us through the Book of Nehemiah. First, Nehemiah shows us the absolute necessity of leadership. Before Nehemiah journeyed to Jerusalem, the walls of the city had been …

What Prayer Does

By: Waylon Bailey ~ Prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God. It is indispensable in living a life of devotion to God and a necessity for understanding God’s will. What specifically does prayer do for us? First, prayer causes us to acknowledge who God is. When Nehemiah prayed, he called on the Lord (the personal name for God …

What Will Change the World?

By: Waylon Bailey ~ We all want to see the world changed, and we all want to see it changed for good. How can that happen? First, we must look at the world realistically. World history has shown us plenty of people and groups who wanted to change the world to fit their view of what the world should be. History …