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April 20, 2017

3 Mistakes Churches Make When Hiring

April 20, 2017

For many churches, spring is the season when we start a new budget year. Of course, this brings the headache of putting together a new budget proposal but it’s also the time of year when we hire new staff. Some of us breathed a sigh of relief just reading the words “new staff.” Sometimes, adding […]

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April 13, 2017

Why Your Church’s Bathroom Matters

April 13, 2017

When it comes to church, what’s more important? Bathroom cleanliness or worship leaders? Landscaping or children’s ministries? Parking lots or sermons? Coffee or the pastor? The answers to all these questions is: Duh! Obviously, our pastor is more important than the coffee and the quality and relevance of the sermon is way more important than […]

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April 6, 2017

3 Steps to Generating Honest Feedback from Church Staff and Attenders

April 6, 2017

A few years ago, our senior leadership sensed that something was a bit off with our staff team. Turnover was high. Morale seemed to be low and talented, young staff members kept leaving. Thankfully, our leaders did the smartest thing they could do. They asked “why?”. Great leaders, in any context, ask why. They ask […]

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March 30, 2017

Four Habits that Make Me a Better Ministry Leader

March 30, 2017

Pressure. That’s the word that captures what it’s like to be a leader. So many people are counting on us to know what to do, how to solve that, what to say, where to go, and how to navigate the challenges of life and ministry. Our people want answers. At a foundational level, leadership is […]

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March 23, 2017

My Two Biggest Mistakes in Ministry

March 23, 2017

Have you ever done anything dumb? Specifically, have you ever made any mistakes in ministry? I have. More than I’d like to admit. And yet, these failures have taught me more than my successes. Pain teaches. I believe that all of us, who serve as ministry leaders would be much better off if we talked […]

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March 16, 2017

Our Church’s 3 Strategies for Constantly Improving

March 16, 2017

This past weekend, I had an interesting conversation with an attender from our church after one of our services. I happened to be hosting the service, which in our context means welcoming the congregation, praying, leading the offering, sharing announcements and wrapping things up after the sermon. After the service concluded, he approached me and […]

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March 9, 2017

How to Stay Emotionally Healthy in Ministry

March 9, 2017

It’s no secret that ministry is emotionally draining. We’ve seen the statistics of how ministry longevity, particularly among youth pastors, is scarily short. We’ve also read the news headlines about high profile ministry leaders who have made catastrophic decisions that have cost them their ministries. Most of us are in the positions we’re in because […]

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March 2, 2017

How to Know When a Church Volunteer Should Be Fired

March 2, 2017

In church world, we need volunteers and lots of them. Not only that, but we need quality volunteers who really buy into the vision of our ministries and invest over the long haul. The success of our churches and ministries are dependent on volunteers. But, what do you do when a volunteer isn’t great? I […]

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February 23, 2017

3 Ways We Measure Spiritual Growth

February 23, 2017

Here’s a question: How spiritually mature is your congregation? I imagine that we could get into quite a debate about this topic… What are the markers of spiritual growth? How do you measure spiritual growth? Should we even try to measure spiritual growth at all? I believe we can measure spiritual growth and I believe […]

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February 16, 2017

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Working at a Church

February 16, 2017

I’ve heard it said that starting off well in marriage is all about creating appropriate expectations. I still remember reading Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts by Les and Leslie Parrott. My then fiancé and I found the questions posed in that book so helpful in discussing our expectations for marriage. I’m so grateful that […]

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