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December 6, 2018

5 Ways To Improve Hospitality At Your Church

December 6, 2018

Something that is on my mind right now because of the Christmas season is hospitality. Here’s why: most of our churches will serve a bunch of guests this holiday season. Last year, we served something like 25% more people on Christmas weekend than normal. I’m guessing your experience will be similar. Many of these people […]

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November 29, 2018

How To Make Better Decisions In Ministry

November 29, 2018

I hate making the wrong decision. It makes me look dumb and it sets the organization back. It usually costs money and erodes trust in leadership. And yet, even with the best of intentions, I still make the wrong call from time to time. I’m sure you can relate. I don’t know about you, but […]

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November 15, 2018

How To Create Amazing Ministry Content (Part 2)

November 15, 2018

This week I’m continuing a previous post on how to create amazing content. In these posts, I’m attempting to be helpful by sharing my creative process. If you missed part one, you can check it out here. A quick summary of where we have been: My creative process begins with focused research and white space. […]

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November 8, 2018

How To Create Amazing Ministry Content (Part 1)

November 8, 2018

One of the most common comments I hear after preaching is, “How do you preach a 40 minute sermon without notes?” People tend to be dumbfounded that I, and others who preach at our church, can do this. The honest truth is that I think anyone could because it has to do with the creative […]

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November 1, 2018

How To Give People In Your Church A Voice

November 1, 2018

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…that affect you…that you had no voice in. Not cool man! And, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. The reason we find situations like this so frustrating is because […]

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October 25, 2018

How To Unlock Potential In Your Church Volunteers

October 25, 2018

There is nothing quite as humbling as coming face to face with a weakness. Can I be honest? I hate it. And yet, I’m grateful for clarity because how are we ever going to grow as leaders, pastors and communicators if we don’t know about our weaknesses? In the last month, I have come to […]

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October 18, 2018

How To Lead Through Change In Your Church

October 18, 2018

Recently I spent a week in California at the Fuller Youth Institute at something called the Growing Young Cohort. Recently, I blogged about the book Growing Young, which is a must read. This cohort is a group of churches journeying together through the Growing Young research with some of the staff from the Fuller Youth […]

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October 11, 2018

The Art of Giving Tough Feedback In The Church

October 11, 2018

I don’t know about you but I’ve found that one of the most challenging aspects of leadership is giving feedback. And I don’t mean, “Hey nice job on that presentation!” I’m talking about, “Hey, did you notice that everyone was sleeping during your presentation? Let’s talk about that.” I used to hate conversations like this […]

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October 4, 2018

Five Books To Change The Way You Lead Your Ministry

October 4, 2018

Something that I’ve done for years is set a book reading goal for each year. Usually I aim for 52 books a year and while there have been seasons where I crushed that mark, I haven’t hit my target in a few years. Something about 5 kids and a demanding job. Currently I’m on book […]

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September 27, 2018

5 Tips For Interviewing Church Staff Like A Boss

September 27, 2018

Funny thing about leading in the church is that it often requires a lot of interviewing – both for staff and volunteer positions. Another funny thing about leadership in the church is that Christian college and seminary do not prepare you for this role. This is a funny thing that really isn’t all that funny […]

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