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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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February 8, 2018

2 Ideas to Move Your Church Toward Outreach

February 8, 2018

Let’s be real. Most of what happens in church staff meetings isn’t all that memorable. Hey, don’t be offended. I lead a weekly staff meeting that is utterly captivating but I am enough of a realist to understand that 90% of my agenda will be quickly forgotten, which is why I find it so interesting […]

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February 1, 2018

Who Decides What: The Pastor or The Board

February 1, 2018

Who gets to decide what in your church? If the person who leads the children’s ministry at your church decides that it’s time to redecorate the kid’s classrooms, who needs to approve the decision? Who needs to approve the money allotted, the paint colors chosen, and the hiring of painters? Speaking of children’s ministry, who […]

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January 25, 2018

4 Questions that Guide Our Church’s Strategic Plan

January 25, 2018

Do you remember back in the day when people kept road maps in their vehicles? I’m talking about the days before Google Maps and the internet. If you ever needed help figuring out how to get where you were going, you had to unfold this paper map, which started as the size of your pocket […]

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January 18, 2018

6 Indicators that it’s Time to End a Ministry

January 18, 2018

Here’s something I’ve learned recently: Every program, ministry and even church has a life cycle. It’s either picking up steam or running out of energy. It really has nothing to do with how long a church, ministry or program has been around; rather it’s all about energy. A few times a year, we gather key […]

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January 11, 2018

How We Got 94% of our Student Ministry Volunteers to Attend our Weekend Retreat

January 11, 2018

Last weekend was our student ministry winter retreat. We piled just under 900 students and volunteers into sixteen charter buses and experienced an epic weekend of ministry. It was a fantastic three days. In my opinion, what was most impressive about our winter retreat was that 94% of our regular small group leaders came to […]

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January 4, 2018

4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Church

January 4, 2018

Hey, it’s a new year! Let’s talk about resolutions. I’m not talking about your personal resolutions, although, I hope you’re able to keep those. Let’s talk about resolutions for your church. It might be a good idea to capitalize on the season and set some goals. There’s an opportunity here. I have a few suggestions […]

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December 21, 2017

6 Reasons Why Church Volunteers Quit

December 21, 2017

One of the most frustrating events in ministry is when key volunteers quit. Ministry is people work. Its “life on life” and the longer you are active in a particular role the more effective you become, which is why it is so disappointing when volunteers bail. It’s hard not to get mad isn’t it? My […]

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December 14, 2017

7 Must-Read Books for Church Leaders

December 14, 2017

This was a breakthrough year for me as a leader. I’ve always been a visionary type leader with a natural focus toward the future. The challenge for me has always been implementing my vision. I think this is always the challenge for a visionary. Maybe you can relate. The million dollar question is: “How do […]

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December 7, 2017

5 Ways We Keep our Church Safe and Secure

December 7, 2017

The news has been full of heartbreaking stories of violence and disaster over the last few months. Like me, I’m sure you’ve had thoughts about the safety of your own church. Are we doing everything we can to protect the people who attend our churches? Recently, I talked with the director of safety and security […]

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