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August 16, 2018

Four Strategies For Better Understanding Your Church Leaders

August 16, 2018

So much of leadership is unlocking the potential of the people who follow you, whether those people are staff direct reports, volunteers or even your kids. For me, leadership is foundationally relational. It’s all about knowing how my people tick. The more I understand their passions, motivations, fears, and dreams the better I can empower […]

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August 9, 2018

Why Leadership Development Isn’t Happening In Your Church

August 9, 2018

I don’t know about you but leadership development is one of THE critical issues in our church right now.  Over the next 5-10 years, most of our key senior leaders will likely retire or reduce their level of involvement.  Who will step into those roles and are those people ready? In addition, our ministry is […]

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August 2, 2018

Six Ways to Get More People into Your Church Small Groups

August 2, 2018

If you could get everyone in your church to do one thing, what would it be?  For me, it would be joining a small group.  I believe that people who commit to walking with a group of Jesus followers for a season of life usually experience extraordinary growth. Here’s a question:  What would happen in […]

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July 26, 2018

Five Tips For Making Your Church Offering Time Better

July 26, 2018

For years, I’ve felt very comfortable on stage whether speaking, singing or preaching. However there has always been one thing that made me, well…awkward on stage. The offering. Maybe you can relate. It can feel weird to ask for money. In many churches, it feels like, “Well now we’re going to do that thing that […]

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July 19, 2018

Three Strategies For Recruiting More Volunteers

July 19, 2018

Right about now, in the middle of summer, we start to panic. It’s the same at every church, all over the nation. We are all freaking out. Why? We don’t have enough volunteers for the fall ministry season! Ahhhh!!! Ok. Everyone calm down. We can do this. In fact, I have some ideas on how […]

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July 12, 2018

Five Places To Invest If Your Church Isn’t Growing

July 12, 2018

Every year we conduct surveys in our church. We love data. Well, let me rephrase…We love data that affirms what we’re doing. We grudgingly appreciate data that tells us we aren’t doing well. As one of my favorite 80’s cartoons used to say, “And now we know. And, knowing is half the battle. G.I. Joe!!!” […]

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July 5, 2018

Six Questions That Lead To More Productive Ministry

July 5, 2018

Am I the only one who feels like I have more work to do than I can possibly get done? Welcome to ministry! There are always more volunteers to recruit and train, crises to navigate, sermons and curriculum to write and deliver, and then there are the camps, retreats, and mission trips. Just writing all […]

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June 28, 2018

How To Unlock Greatness In Your Church Volunteers (Part 2)

June 28, 2018

Recently, I shared five strategies for unlocking greatness in our volunteers. (You can check out these first five strategies here.) In this post, I’d like to share strategies six through ten. Again, these are lessons I learned from my friend Jon, who taught me almost everything I know about caring for and developing volunteers. So, […]

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June 21, 2018

How To Unlock Greatness In Your Church Volunteers

June 21, 2018

A little over nine years ago, I became a student ministry small groups pastor at my current church. I’ll be honest, I sort of talked my way into the job because in hindsight, I didn’t really know that much about creating and maintain a thriving small groups ministry. However, one of the guys that I […]

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June 14, 2018

5 Ministry Lessons From A Meteorologist

June 14, 2018

Recently, I found myself in the most unusual and enlightening conversation. My friend Bob and I met with a meteorologist (it took me seven tries to spell this word correctly) from a local TV station. We asked to meet with the weatherman because we wanted to improve in our ability to preach at a camera. […]

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