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March 14, 2019

Ask More “How Do You…” Questions In Your Church

March 14, 2019

Have you ever watched a leader you really respect and thought to yourself, “How are they doing that?” Sometimes leadership can seem like this super-secret set of knowledge and practices that no one really teaches, but the secret society insiders somehow know about, while you and I are on the outside, stumbling along, trying to […]

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February 28, 2019

4 Questions to Ask for More Engaging Church Announcements

February 28, 2019

Alright. I’ll just say it. Church announcements are terrible. Ok, maybe terrible is too strong. Well, they aren’t engaging. I’ll just say that. Obviously, I’m not talking about YOUR church’s announcements. I’m obviously talking about that other church in your town. Well, maybe I’m talking about your announcements. I’m just saying, that 10-minute block of […]

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February 21, 2019

How One Question Transformed How I Lead Ministry

February 21, 2019

One question has taken over how I lead. It’s a question that seems to apply everywhere I ask it and it’s a question that helps me lead more thoughtfully, empathetically, carefully and personally. The question is, What’s it like to be you? Believe it or not, I’m finding that this question helps solve the riddles […]

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February 14, 2019

How is Your Ministry Work MPG?

February 14, 2019

What’s the best car you’ve ever owned? Maybe your first car comes to mind. The freedom of leaving your parents’ house and driving on your own! Sure it was rusty and falling apart and left a hole in the ozone above your hometown but…FREEDOM! Maybe you had a sports car that pushed you back in […]

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February 7, 2019

Two Strategies For Handling Your Weaknesses In Ministry

February 7, 2019

Something I’ve done a lot over the last few years is interview. I don’t mean like I’m looking for a new gig. I’m talking about interviewing people for open positions in our organization. I’m not a pro but I’ve definitely improved from five years ago, when I took over the leadership of my department. That […]

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January 31, 2019

2 Critical Characteristics of Veteran Pastors

January 31, 2019

Recently I found myself in a fascinating conversation with a pastor who is in his 4th decade of ministry and still thriving in his role. How someone survives this long with a heart alive to God and a passion for people and the church is something I’m deeply interested in. I’m guessing you are as […]

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January 24, 2019

Four Strategies for Reviving a Dying Church

January 24, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself sitting across the table from a pastor who had closed the doors on his church. Basically, his church had slipped into decline, they couldn’t stop the process and fast-forward the story, his church is no more. It was heartbreaking to hear his story. He had moved cross-country […]

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January 17, 2019

How To Build A Championship Level Ministry Team

January 17, 2019

One of my greatest joys in ministry is being part of a team. I am a firm believer that a healthy and high functioning team can accomplish exponentially more than even the most talented individuals. I was reminded of this a couple of weekends ago when my student ministry team led a winter retreat for […]

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January 10, 2019

Nine Ways To Promote Longevity With Ministry Volunteers

January 10, 2019

Recently, a youth pastor in my area met me for lunch in order to ask me one simple question. “How in the world do you get your volunteers to commit to 4 or sometimes even 7 years?” This is a really good and important question. I would argue that almost nothing we do in student […]

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January 3, 2019

Seven Church Leadership Resolutions For 2019

January 3, 2019

Hey, welcome to the New Year! It’s that season where we reflect on what went down last year and plan for how we want to live better in the next. With that in mind, I thought I would share my 7 leadership resolutions for 2019. Why 7? Well, 7 is the number of perfection of […]

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