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May 23, 2019

How to Run a Better Meeting at Your Church

May 23, 2019

If there is one thing that people complain about on every church staff, at every church in the universe, it’s meetings. People often act like meetings are just the worst. They are so boring. They steal time that could be productive. And, let’s be real, many times these critiques are accurate. We’ve all been in […]

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May 16, 2019

How to Make Vision For Your Church Actually Stick

May 16, 2019

A few weeks ago, I experienced a frustrating conversation. Someone on my staff was talking with a few of our volunteers and when I walked up to say hello to everyone, my staff member asked if we had a mission statement. I was like, “Wut?!? In front of our volunteers you don’t know our mission […]

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May 9, 2019

5 Important Metrics for the Future of Your Church

May 9, 2019

I grew up loving baseball. I loved playing it and I loved tracking it. Baseball is the ultimate sport for statistics. I am fascinated by all the different stats that are tracked. Stats are metrics. They tell you how a player is doing. A .300 batting average shows a player is a solid hitter A […]

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May 2, 2019

3 Ideas to Get More New People Coming to Your Church

May 2, 2019

It’s no secret that many churches in America are declining. The research confirms what many of us are experiencing. Perhaps you’re watching attendance numbers plateau or dwindle, struggling to come up with solutions. So, let’s talk. How do we get more people coming? I’m not sure I have answers, but I do have a few […]

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April 25, 2019

Creating Change in Your Church When You Don’t Have Authority

April 25, 2019

Here’s a tension that we all live with: We see things in our churches that need to change but we don’t have the authority to make the change. Been there? Even if you are a senior pastor, you still have to win the approval of your board in order to enact certain changes. You’ll never […]

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April 18, 2019

3 Strategies for Life-Long Faith

April 18, 2019

I’ve been reading the Bible for something like 35 years now, and even though I believe the Bible is inspired by God and that He speaks through the words to us, it still amazes me how particular stories unsettle and challenge me. How is it that I know these stories and they still rock me?!? […]

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April 11, 2019

Today’s Adolescents and Your Church, Part 2

April 11, 2019

Last week I shared a few observations about what is happening with today’s adolescents. You can read the post here if you missed it. The basic idea is that this generation is incredibly stressed and anxious. Why? Well, there are a bunch of reasons, the main being that they, their parents, and most of the […]

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April 4, 2019

Todays Adolescents and Your Church, Part 1

April 4, 2019

Last week I spoke at a seminary class in my city on the topic of spiritual formation in adolescents. The content was well received, so I thought I’d share a few of the big ideas in the post, in the hopes that this will be helpful in your churches as you seek to serve and […]

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March 28, 2019

4 Strategies to Help Church Parents Win

March 28, 2019

There’s a story I’ve heard over and over in my church. It’s the story of new families making our church their home church because of our student ministry. Their students find community in our student ministry, and they pull their parents into the church along with them. I heard this story again after church this […]

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March 21, 2019

4 Things I’m Learning from the Young People in My Church

March 21, 2019

Over the last few months, I’ve been meeting with small groups of young people in our church for coffee and dinner. If you’re wondering what I mean by young, I’m talking about 18-29 year olds. My goal has been to understand what it’s like to be young at our church and also to uncover what […]

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