In days gone by, preparing for the future was tantamount to not believing in the return of the Lord. The problem for some elderly pastors is that the Lord hasn't returned yet, but their days of effectively moving the church forward are over or close to it.
I find it interesting that sometimes the person with the most knowledge and experience makes the least application of that knowledge and experience in their own lives. It’s kind of like the plumber who always has the leaky faucet at home. Or the doctor who is way overweight and eats the greasiest food he can find.
Leaders need to think through what it really means to be a friendly church, what it would really take for people to feel at home at our place of worship. When people come over to my house we do everything we can to set the stage for an enjoyable time at the Hardys. My wife has me mowing the yard, cleaning the garage ...
Blogs and Podcasts - Check out the wealth of material available before you do anything. It's free and you can gain a lot of
traction quickly this way. Books - It may seem old school but think about it. For the price of a book you can pick the brain of a leader you admire and from whom you want to learn.