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November 21, 2019

Welcoming Church Visitors: 3 Questions to Examine How Your Church is Doing

November 21, 2019

There are the things we say and then there are the things we do. You know how this goes. When your significant other says, “I’m not mad at you.” But their hands are clenched and their face is purple. “I’m pretty sure you are furious with me right now.” The thing about hospitality for many […]

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November 14, 2019

Sermon Series – Ideas for Church Leaders

November 14, 2019

So, what are you preaching on next? This feels like the time of year when churches run out of creative energy. So much has been poured into the fall ministry season and then into Christmas services. There’s not much left in the tank! Can we just coast until Easter? But, the pressure is on. You […]

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November 4, 2019

Lessons From Past Employers That Helped Me Grow in Ministry

November 4, 2019

One of the questions I always ask in an interview is, “Tell me about the worst boss you’ve ever had.” I just used the question yesterday. I like to follow it up with, “What did you learn from that person?” How can you learn from a bad boss? Well, I think learning has more to […]

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October 31, 2019

Becoming a Church Leader Free of Pride and Envy

October 31, 2019

I’m wondering if you ever have moments like I do. Moments where you feel a little jealous about what somebody else has. And, I’m not talking about cars and houses. I’m talking about ministry here. You see the church down the street’s new building. Or, you hear about the church across town’s budget or youth […]

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October 24, 2019

Church Leadership Includes Succession Planning

October 24, 2019

I’ll never forget the day my boss asked me, “So, if you get hit by a beer truck tomorrow…who would take over your team?” I was like, “First off…a beer truck?!? Why does it have to be a beer truck? Secondly…I’m not sure.” What about you? Do you have a plan? One of the most […]

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October 17, 2019

Should We Do What That Other Church is Doing?

October 17, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about growth and expansion lately. I’ve been asking, “What is next for our church and the church in America?” I’ve been reading the research, listening to podcasts, interviewing churches and asking lots of questions to just about anyone who will listen. People are getting annoyed. I can tell. A driving […]

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October 8, 2019

How to Survive Toxic Criticism in Your Church

October 8, 2019

As you already know, we work in churches so everyone is always nice. Nobody ever says anything hurtful…right? Oh wait. We all have stories of criticism we have received about the way we lead, speak, dress, drive or whatever that frankly…hurt! My fifth-grade teacher predicted that I would be a Lazy Boy sofa tester when […]

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September 30, 2019

The Dance of Relevance and Orthodoxy In The Church

September 30, 2019

Have you noticed there are a bazillion opinions out there when it comes to how a church is supposed to run? “If you do this then your church will grow!” “If you were a real church, then you would do this.” “If you want to reach the next generation, then you simply must change XYZ.” […]

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September 23, 2019

The Secret to Reaching a Post-Christian Culture

September 23, 2019

I’ve been reflecting on how divided our culture is right now. We can’t even talk about our differences in a civil manner…think about politics. I haven’t seen a polite disagreement in the political sphere in what feels like years. We vilify those who disagree with us and only engage with the opposite viewpoint through snide […]

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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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