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October 17, 2019

Should We Do What That Other Church is Doing?

October 17, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about growth and expansion lately. I’ve been asking, “What is next for our church and the church in America?” I’ve been reading the research, listening to podcasts, interviewing churches and asking lots of questions to just about anyone who will listen. People are getting annoyed. I can tell. A driving […]

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October 8, 2019

How to Survive Toxic Criticism in Your Church

October 8, 2019

As you already know, we work in churches so everyone is always nice. Nobody ever says anything hurtful…right? Oh wait. We all have stories of criticism we have received about the way we lead, speak, dress, drive or whatever that frankly…hurt! My fifth-grade teacher predicted that I would be a Lazy Boy sofa tester when […]

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September 30, 2019

The Dance of Relevance and Orthodoxy In The Church

September 30, 2019

Have you noticed there are a bazillion opinions out there when it comes to how a church is supposed to run? “If you do this then your church will grow!” “If you were a real church, then you would do this.” “If you want to reach the next generation, then you simply must change XYZ.” […]

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September 23, 2019

The Secret to Reaching a Post-Christian Culture

September 23, 2019

I’ve been reflecting on how divided our culture is right now. We can’t even talk about our differences in a civil manner…think about politics. I haven’t seen a polite disagreement in the political sphere in what feels like years. We vilify those who disagree with us and only engage with the opposite viewpoint through snide […]

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September 16, 2019

How To Stay Spiritually Healthy This Ministry Season

September 16, 2019

Good grief this fall is busy! Is anyone else tired? And, we’re barely into the ministry season. Maybe it’s the combination of ministry and leadership plus all that’s going on with my kids getting older, playing more sports and being involved with more at school, but this season feels a little crazy to me. Earlier […]

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September 12, 2019

Will Your Church be a Thing in 40 Years?

September 12, 2019

This year, my church is celebrating a 40-year anniversary. It’s been 40 years since we moved into our first building. For the record, it was a house…but it still counts. It’s fun to think about where we’ve been and it’s encouraging to remember all that God has done in and through our church in the […]

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September 5, 2019

How to Speak the Right Words at the Right Time In Your Ministry

September 5, 2019

Strategy matters. Vision is critical. Structures and systems are vital. These are all important aspects of organizational leadership. But, they are trumped by what leaders actually say. Words matter. Lately I’ve been studying the book of Proverbs and thinking about the impact of words on our lives and organizations. I’m realizing that there have been […]

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August 29, 2019

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Group Ministry

August 29, 2019

I’m a big fan of circles. I’ve just seen, over and over again, that people who invest in a small group experience growth. There is something powerful that happens when a handful of Jesus followers journey together for a season. So, as we talk about how to breathe life into your small group ministry, this […]

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August 22, 2019

6 Ways to Invest in Marriages in Your Church

August 22, 2019

There’s something that keeps coming up in my church. I keep hearing, from many different sources, that marriages are in trouble all over the place. We hear it from our men’s ministry and our women’s ministry. We run into it in family ministry. Prayer requests are often about failing marriages. It’s becoming increasingly clear to […]

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August 20, 2019

Fall Launch 2019

August 20, 2019

Gearing Up For Your Fall Launch Fall is quickly approaching and we know that you have a lot on your mind and many things to get done this season! We want to do our part in helping make your life simple. This special blog is specifically geared toward everything that you’ll need to make your […]

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