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September 16, 2019

How To Stay Spiritually Healthy This Ministry Season

September 16, 2019

Good grief this fall is busy! Is anyone else tired? And, we’re barely into the ministry season. Maybe it’s the combination of ministry and leadership plus all that’s going on with my kids getting older, playing more sports and being involved with more at school, but this season feels a little crazy to me. Earlier […]

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September 12, 2019

Will Your Church be a Thing in 40 Years?

September 12, 2019

This year, my church is celebrating a 40-year anniversary. It’s been 40 years since we moved into our first building. For the record, it was a house…but it still counts. It’s fun to think about where we’ve been and it’s encouraging to remember all that God has done in and through our church in the […]

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September 5, 2019

How to Speak the Right Words at the Right Time In Your Ministry

September 5, 2019

Strategy matters. Vision is critical. Structures and systems are vital. These are all important aspects of organizational leadership. But, they are trumped by what leaders actually say. Words matter. Lately I’ve been studying the book of Proverbs and thinking about the impact of words on our lives and organizations. I’m realizing that there have been […]

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August 29, 2019

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Group Ministry

August 29, 2019

I’m a big fan of circles. I’ve just seen, over and over again, that people who invest in a small group experience growth. There is something powerful that happens when a handful of Jesus followers journey together for a season. So, as we talk about how to breathe life into your small group ministry, this […]

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August 22, 2019

6 Ways to Invest in Marriages in Your Church

August 22, 2019

There’s something that keeps coming up in my church. I keep hearing, from many different sources, that marriages are in trouble all over the place. We hear it from our men’s ministry and our women’s ministry. We run into it in family ministry. Prayer requests are often about failing marriages. It’s becoming increasingly clear to […]

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August 14, 2019

How and Why to Do Performance Reviews with Your Church Staff

August 14, 2019

I know, I know…performance reviews have sort of a bad rap. Most people don’t love giving or receiving anything close to negative feedback. Here’s the thing: If you’re not regularly and systematically evaluating the job performance of your staff, you are doing them and your church a major disservice! Here’s why: Without feedback—positive and negative, […]

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August 8, 2019

7 Ways You are Holding Your Church Team Back from Their Potential

August 8, 2019

Ever have one of those moments when you realize you are the problem? You thought it was someone or something else and then your eyes are opened and you realize you are the one holding people back? I definitely have. And yes, that’s what this post is all about. I’m hoping to help us identify […]

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August 1, 2019

What To Do When Your Church Service Is Full

August 1, 2019

Here’s a question: What do you do when your church is growing? Your service is filling up and the energy and momentum feel great – It’s actually getting hard to find a seat or a parking spot. This is awesome. God is moving. So, what do you do? High-five each other and keep watching as the […]

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July 24, 2019

7 Critical Ways to Train Your Church Staff

July 24, 2019

Ever been in a crucial situation and didn’t know what to do? Maybe there was 20 seconds left on the clock in the state championship game and your coach called a special play and you were like, “Dang…I don’t know what I’m supposed to do here.” State championship lost! Ok, that was a little dramatic. […]

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July 18, 2019

What to do When Ministry Feels Like Too Much

July 18, 2019

Have you noticed that ministry isn’t exactly an emotionally stable experience? For example, I preached last weekend and I experienced some emotional highs when people told me how the message connected with their lives and how God is moving. Then, on Monday, I crashed. I was so exhausted! A mentor of mine always says, “God […]

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