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church_staff_volunteers_feedback_rating February 23, 2017

3 Ways We Measure Spiritual Growth

February 23, 2017

Here’s a question: How spiritually mature is your congregation? I imagine that we could get into quite a debate about this topic… What are the markers of spiritual growth? How do you measure spiritual growth? Should we even try to measure spiritual growth at all? I believe we can measure spiritual growth and I believe […]

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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Working at a Church

February 16, 2017

I’ve heard it said that starting off well in marriage is all about creating appropriate expectations. I still remember reading Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Les and Leslie Parrott. My then fiancé and I found the questions posed in that book so helpful in discussing our expectations for marriage. I’m so grateful that […]

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3 Reasons to NOT Start Something New at your Church

February 9, 2017

I live in the future. I’m all about ideas, change, new strategies and innovation. I’m the one who usually says things like: “What if we did this differently” “What if we cancelled that thing and tried something new?” “What if there is no spoon?” “What if we started a campus on the moon?” Ok, maybe […]

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Two Preaching Basics I Wish I Knew When I Started

February 2, 2017

Here’s something you’ll never find on the internet: sermons I preached in the early days of my ministry career. Why? Because I destroyed the evidence. They weren’t good. That’s all you need to know. Maybe you know the feeling. The good news is that I’ve had the privilege of serving under two fantastic preachers and […]

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4 Reasons Your Church Doesn’t Have Enough Volunteers

January 26, 2017

Has any church really ever had enough volunteers? It’s easy to get frustrated when you don’t have the people you need to run a ministry or a program. “Come on people! Get out of your seat and serve!” I know you’ve said it because I’ve said it. Here’s the thing. At our church, while we […]

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How Your Church Can Build a Vibrant Small Groups Ministry

January 19, 2017

There’s a lot we can disagree about when it comes to church. We can argue about the Mega Church phenomenon. Things could get pretty heated when it comes to worship styles. We probably disagree about some of the finer points of theology and let’s just not discuss politics. One thing I think we can all […]

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3 Ways Church Leaders can Build Trust with Staff and Volunteers

January 12, 2017

We can all look back at the various jobs and volunteer experiences we’ve had and say, “That one was great!” and “That one was terrible!” Some organizations are really good at treating people well and drawing out their best and others are well, not so good. The question is: What’s the tangible difference? And more […]

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Attracting 18 – 30 Year Olds to Your Church

January 5, 2017

I like statistics and data. Why? Because they don’t lie. They aren’t like opinions or ideas, they just are. You can’t really argue with them. When I say I like statistics, I should be clear that I don’t always like what the statistics tell us. For example, when we look at the statistics of millennial […]

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6 Strategies for Improving as a Biblical Communicator

December 15, 2016

Over the last two years, I’ve grown more as a biblical communicator than the previous ten. Why? More opportunities? Nope. A bigger stage? Nope. Practice? Nope. All of these are true but they aren’t the main reason I’ve grown. The real answer is coaching. In the summer of 2015, I was offered my first opportunity […]

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4 Ways We Turned Around Our Shrinking Church

December 8, 2016

Our church had experienced steady growth for over twenty years. Year after year attendance and giving grew respectably. Until it didn’t. Last fall, we faced decline for the first time ever. It was shocking. Attendance was down. Giving was down. It freaked us out. For us, steady growth had become an expectation and something we […]

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