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Navigating the Pressure of Church Leadership

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 29, 2022

Advice

As a leader, what has you anxious right now? Staff morale? Church attendance? Volunteer shortages? Giving? A sermon that is just not coming together?   In my experience, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in leadership, there’s this constant battle with fear and anxiety. It’s just part of the pressure of leadership. However, there’s a big difference between experiencing fear and anxiety and allowing these challenging emotions to dominate our lives and leadership. When we allow fear and...

What is Up with Church Attendance?

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 29, 2022

Advice

I don’t know about you, but I walked away from our fall launch weekend asking, “What is going on?” I feel confused about how people are attending church.   For perspective, our in-person attendance is down about 30% from our fall launch weekend in 2019, but our overall attendance—including online church–is actually way up. What are people doing!?! I wonder if you’re asking similar questions or perhaps you have some clarity to provide. Either way, I’m noticing and reading about some trends that...

7 Strategies to Jumpstart Church Growth

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 15, 2022

Advice

It’s fall ministry launch season. Usually, this is an exciting time as people come back to church and all the different ministries lift off and get airborne. I would imagine that many of you are feeling something else this season—a twinge of disappointment. Your church was growing and now it’s not. Something happened through COVID that we haven’t quite figured out, and many churches have plateaued or declined.   The question is: How do we get back to growing? I would like to suggest that it...

Giving a Voice to the People You Lead at Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 8, 2022

Advice

One of the most frustrating things about being a part of any organization is finding out about decisions that were made by people above you—decisions that affect you, that you had no voice in making. I’m sure you’ve been there.   The reason we find situations like this so frustrating is because we feel like we aren’t being heard. Being heard is important because people who feel heard feel valued and people who do not feel heard do not feel valued.   Also, as someone who makes decisions on a...

What to Do with Your Online Church Service

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 1, 2022

Advice

Chances are that your church didn’t have a major online presence before COVID. Somewhere during the pandemic, you figured out how to live stream your worship services and your digital platform saved the day. But now that people are returning to in-person church, you’re saying,  “What do we do with this thing?”  You might be feeling torn because what you really want is more of your congregation to come back to in-person services. So, why invest in online church when what you really want is...

Help! We Don’t Have Enough Church Volunteers

Posted by Aaron Buer on August 25, 2022

Advice

Every August, we freak out about not having enough volunteers for the fall ministry season. It’s just part of the ebb and flow of ministry. This fall feels different. The game has changed. Less people are volunteering and people aren’t volunteering in the same ways. You might say I’m freaking out a little more than usual. Maybe you can relate.   What do we do? How do you do ministry when you don’t have enough volunteers? How do you get enough volunteers? I have some thoughts. Listen My...

3 Lessons in Longevity from Ministry Veterans

Posted by Aaron Buer on August 18, 2022

Advice

It seems like every new book I read or podcast I listen to is talking about pastors and ministry leaders quitting church work. Recent Barna research revealed that nearly 40% of pastors are thinking about quitting. That’s not good. But, it’s understandable. Leading churches and ministries through COVID has been brutal.   And yet, I know a number of pastors who have been in the game for multiple decades and still have gas in the tank. I’ve been paying attention to how they talk, what they do, and...

How to Build a Culture of Empowerment Among Church Staff

Posted by Aaron Buer on August 11, 2022

Advice

Congratulations! Today you get to read about one of my greatest hopes and also one of my greatest dysfunctions. That is, I deeply desire to build a culture of empowerment in church staff. I want people to feel believed in and trusted to do great work. However…and this is a big however. I am a control freak. I believe things should be done a certain way and I don’t naturally trust people to do things the way I like them to be done.  Yes, you are right. This hope and this dysfunction are polar...

4 Strategies for Fighting the Silo Mentality in Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on August 4, 2022

Advice

I’ve noticed something. Silos are back. I think it’s a side effect of the COVID shutdowns and working remotely. During COVID, all our teams did a great job working independently to continue ministry. But now, in many ways, we are functioning in silos again. I wonder if you are experiencing the same at your church.  How do we get back to working together effectively and efficiently? I think it takes effort and vigilance. Also, I think it is totally worth the fight.   In this post, let’s look at...

How to Talk about Cultural Issues To Your Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on July 28, 2022

Advice

Over the last two and a half years, pastors and church leaders have had to grow in a specific skill: How to talk about divisive cultural issues. We’ve had to engage conversations about masks and vaccines, racial reconciliation, politics, LGBT+ topics, abortion and more. None of these conversations have been easy to engage in. Also, the conversations in our culture aren’t exactly gracious.   How do we as church leaders talk about these topics? How do we teach our congregations to engage these...
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