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April 19, 2018

4 Tactics For Improving Low Performance In Your Ministry

April 19, 2018

Last week, we shared six strategies for keeping your best people. Here’s the thing: What about those employees who are, well…not your best? We’re talking about low performance here. Chances are, if you have some people on your team who are crushing it, you also have some people who…aren’t. How do we help these people? […]

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April 13, 2018

6 Strategies For Keeping Your Best People In Ministry

April 13, 2018

A few years ago, my favorite baseball team, the Detroit Tigers lost a good one. I don’t mean a game. I mean a player, Max Scherzer. The Tigers lost him to the Washington Nationals after the 2014 season and he’s gone ahead and won two Cy Young awards since then. He’s been an All-Star every […]

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April 5, 2018

5 Preaching Lessons For Pastors To Learn From Music

April 5, 2018

About a year and a half ago I entered into a scenario that I never planned on. In an organizational restructure, I got a new boss who is a former professional musician. To my knowledge, he’s never preached a sermon in his life. But, in spite of this, he gives me incredibly helpful preaching feedback, […]

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March 29, 2018

4 Strategies for Fighting the Silo Mentality In Your Church

March 29, 2018

Let’s talk about silos. They are cool on the horizon and everyone who watches that show Fixer Upper seems to love them but in ministry and in organizations…not so good. What do I mean by the silo mentality? It’s when individual departments, teams or ministries focus more on themselves than they do on the organization […]

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March 22, 2018

3 Ways To Show Unity in the Church (And Why It’s So Important)

March 22, 2018

I don’t know about you but my Facebook feed is a bit obnoxious lately. I’m guessing it’s not just me either. Every morning I wake up and say to my wife, I can’t wait to see how people behave themselves with decorum and decency on social media today! Sarcasm. Seriously though, something is off in […]

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March 14, 2018

5 Lessons on Longevity from Veteran Pastors

March 14, 2018

Last week I spent a couple of days with two senior pastors who have each served at one church for a combined 72 years. One guy for 38 years and the other 34. That is a long time to be a senior pastor at the same church! Here’s the crazy part. They are both thriving […]

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March 8, 2018

3 Strategies for Getting More Out of Your Church Volunteers

March 8, 2018

Earlier this week I was sitting around a table with a group of pastors and we were talking about ministry. The conversation turned to volunteers. The question was asked, How do you get more out of your volunteers? My answer to this question is typically something like, Ask them for more and ask them for […]

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March 1, 2018

4 Reasons Students Aren’t Walking Away From Church

March 1, 2018

I’ve been a student pastor for about fifteen years now. Along the way I’ve read most of the research about how students are walking away from church after they leave our youth groups. I hear a lot of talk about how the church in America is going to basically die out in a generation because […]

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February 23, 2018

How to Kill a Sacred Cow at your Church (Part 2)

February 23, 2018

In my last post we talked about killing sacred cows. You know, that program or event that you’d be crazy to get rid of in your church because you’d have a small scale insurrection on your hands. Well, as we said, sometimes we have to kill a sacred cow in order to move forward and […]

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February 15, 2018

How to Kill a Sacred Cow at your Church

February 15, 2018

We have this term in church world: Sacred Cows. When I say sacred cow, I’m talking about something in your church that you’d have to be crazy to change. I know that you know exactly what I’m talking about. There are probably two or three programs or events that popped into your mind right now. […]

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