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November 20, 2019
It's impossible to lead a church to be evangelistic if we're not evangelistic ourselves. We are so excited to have Dan Nichols, Executive Director of The Northeast Collaborative and Pastor at...
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November 19, 2019
In the last couple years alone, podcasting has exploded as a source of entertainment and education. Whether you personally listen to podcasts or not, the reality is that a huge portion of the people...
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November 14, 2019
We are so excited to have Jeff Keady, co-host of the 200churches Podcast, on Episode 13 of The 95 Podcast! It's always special to talk with another church leader who has such a deep passion to...
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November 6, 2019
I once had a football coach make the statement, “I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and be successful!” His point in saying this was to inspire our team to...
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October 31, 2019
Have you ever received bad advice? Maybe it was from that person who had some "suggestions" on how you can preach better. Or maybe it was from a friend who gave you some questionable suggestions in...
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October 30, 2019
Every church leader experiences seasons of insecurity. Fluctuating attendance, inconsistent weekly giving, staff issues, board members with agendas, and comparison to other “successful” ministries in...
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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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