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October 17, 2019
"We're a small church, so we don't have time to improve." On a recent phone call with a pastor, this is a statement we heard. And we regularly hear a lot of pastors of smaller churches express...
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October 2, 2019
For a multitude of reasons, balancing the demands of ministry while prioritizing your marriage can be so hard. If you're in ministry, you've likely gone through many seasons where you've felt this....
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September 26, 2019
As I write this, I’m sitting on a plane returning from a one-day event for pastors our team had the opportunity to host in Greenville, SC. And I’m encouraged. We spent the day with about 50 pastors,...
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September 25, 2019
As Jeff Bezos has said, "Your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room." Branding is way bigger than your logo. It's how people experience your church, how they are affected by...
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September 19, 2019
Dear Pastor, I hope this letter finds you well.  As you likely know, there is a focus on leadership at the forefront of most church growth initiatives today. As there should be! The value of...
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September 18, 2019
As time goes on, ministry is one of those things that we tend to make more complex than it needs to be. Our number of programs increases. The complexity of organizing those programs increases. And as...
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September 11, 2019
"Your church can change." If there's one theme from this week's conversation that I walked away with, it's this. There is hope for the future. Even if your church is declining. Even if you're not...
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September 4, 2019
In our one-day events for pastors, we always start the day with a story from Scripture. You’ve probably preached on it. And you likely know it well. It comes from Ezekiel 37:1-14. (I’ve copied it...
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September 4, 2019
If we're honest, discipleship tends to be a buzzword. We say it a lot, but it's hard for us to fully define. (And since we label so many things as "discipleship," it makes it even more difficult to...
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August 28, 2019
There's been a lot of talk in church leadership surrounding the ideas of influence, engagement, attendance, and more. So how should we actually measure success in our church? (Or should we at all?)...
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August 26, 2019
Enjoy this guest post from our friends over at Rozzi and Associates.  They help good leaders become great through effective leadership development, emotional intelligence, and career management...
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August 20, 2019
We all want our churches to be healthy, both deep and wide. But what should that look like? What are some characteristics of churches that are effectively reaching their community for Jesus? Join us...
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August 15, 2019
Enjoy this guest post from our friends over at Fishhook. They help churches spread the word about Jesus through effective communications. Would you say your church uses social media strategically?...
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August 13, 2019
Your mission and vision is the foundation of every single thing you do as a ministry. If you're not clear on who you are and where you're headed, you'll be guided by whatever feels most urgent. This...
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August 7, 2019
There is a prevailing message that I have been sharing for the past year with pastors and churches throughout America. It’s simple and it’s probably not as flashy as you’re hoping it is, but here it...
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