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June 14, 2018

5 Ministry Lessons From A Meteorologist

June 14, 2018

Recently, I found myself in the most unusual and enlightening conversation. My friend Bob and I met with a meteorologist (it took me seven tries to spell this word correctly) from a local TV station. We asked to meet with the weatherman because we wanted to improve in our ability to preach at a camera. […]

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June 7, 2018

5 Ways To Engage Your Church’s Community This Summer

June 7, 2018

I’ve been writing a lot lately on the need for our churches to become more active and engaged in our communities. This is important for a variety of reasons. The early church was known for kindness and love. Millennials and Gen Z want to be part of churches that care about the community and actively […]

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May 31, 2018

5 Reasons Young People Are Leaving Your Church

May 31, 2018

I wonder, what keeps you up at night? When it comes to your church or ministry, what issue is forefront? You find yourself saying, “If we don’t fix this…we might be in trouble!” For me, it is the reality that young people are increasingly missing from our church. We have tons of kids, teenagers, parents […]

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May 24, 2018

10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Church Summer Break

May 24, 2018

Depending on where you live, you may be well into summer or it’s just turning green. I’m from Michigan, so we just put away our snow shovels and dug out our flip flops. We only get a few months of summer weather around here so we go all in. We are all about maximizing summer! […]

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May 17, 2018

4 Ways To Become A Community-Oriented Church

May 17, 2018

Depending on how old you are, you may remember a phenomenon that hit full stride in the ’90s. No, I’m not talking about Seinfeld or Friends. I’m talking about when churches were all becoming “community” churches. Across the country, there were community churches growing exponentially like Saddleback Community Church and Willow Creek Community Church. Then, […]

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May 10, 2018

Your Church’s Most Powerful Outreach Event

May 10, 2018

This year, our church is partnering with hundreds of other churches in our area to pull off a city-wide outreach event. We’re all looking forward to watching God move through this event and we fully expect many people to make decisions to follow Jesus. However, something I’ve realized in the last few weeks is that […]

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May 3, 2018

4 Tools for Better Ministry Decisions

May 3, 2018

Leadership is about making decisions. I love the feeling of making a great decision, knowing that given the options, I did my homework and my decision moved the ministry forward. Things are better than they were because I made the right call. If you’ve ever been there, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s […]

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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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