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January 12, 2017

3 Ways Church Leaders can Build Trust with Staff and Volunteers

January 12, 2017

We can all look back at the various jobs and volunteer experiences we’ve had and say, “That one was great!” and “That one was terrible!” Some organizations are really good at treating people well and drawing out their best and others are well, not so good. The question is: What’s the tangible difference? And more […]

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January 5, 2017

Attracting 18 – 30 Year Olds to Your Church

January 5, 2017

I like statistics and data. Why? Because they don’t lie. They aren’t like opinions or ideas, they just are. You can’t really argue with them. When I say I like statistics, I should be clear that I don’t always like what the statistics tell us. For example, when we look at the statistics of millennial […]

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December 15, 2016

6 Strategies for Improving as a Biblical Communicator

December 15, 2016

Over the last two years, I’ve grown more as a biblical communicator than the previous ten. Why? More opportunities? Nope. A bigger stage? Nope. Practice? Nope. All of these are true but they aren’t the main reason I’ve grown. The real answer is coaching. In the summer of 2015, I was offered my first opportunity […]

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December 8, 2016

4 Ways We Turned Around Our Shrinking Church

December 8, 2016

Our church had experienced steady growth for over twenty years. Year after year attendance and giving grew respectably. Until it didn’t. Last fall, we faced decline for the first time ever. It was shocking. Attendance was down. Giving was down. It freaked us out. For us, steady growth had become an expectation and something we […]

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December 1, 2016

5 Lessons I’ve Learned on Managing Church Workers

December 1, 2016

I’m not sure what your path to ministry has been, but I felt called into pastoral ministry as early as my teenage years. Based on this calling and the guidance of leaders in my life, I attended a Bible college in the Midwest and trained for ministry. Here’s a thought that never entered my mind […]

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November 17, 2016

2 Steps to Maximize End of Year Giving at your Church

November 17, 2016

Last year a pastor shared with me their church’s approach to year-end giving. I thought it was simply brilliant and, with his permission, asked if I could pass it along on our blog the following year. Now that the end of 2016 is coming into sight, I’d love to pass along what this church does […]

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November 10, 2016

6 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees at Your Church

November 10, 2016

I’m a baseball fan. I love the game. You know what every baseball fan hates? The Yankees. Well, that is unless you’re a Yankees fan. Do you know what I hate about the Yankees? They always steal the best young players! My favorite team, the Detroit Tigers, develops a great young talent through their farm […]

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November 3, 2016

4 Principles for Smooth Staff Transitions at your Church

November 3, 2016

Change is hard. It doesn’t really matter what kind of change we’re talking about, it’s all stressful. This is especially true in churches. Perhaps it’s the tradition. Maybe it’s the relational nature of ministry. It could be that trust is crucial for a church to work. Whatever the reason, change is especially tricky in churches. […]

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October 27, 2016

3 Ways to Fight the Loneliness of Ministry Leadership

October 27, 2016

A few years ago, I looked around and noticed something unsettling. I saw a whole lot of eyes. As a ministry leader, I saw a whole lot of people watching me. Some were watching me because they are in authority over me—think elders and senior level staff. Others were watching me because I am their […]

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October 20, 2016

The Church Worker’s Guide to Confrontation

October 20, 2016

Here the thing: I hate conflict. I am allergic to confrontation. But, I’ve learned through my experience as a ministry leader that conflict is necessary and even good. In addition, there is no such thing as good leadership without confrontation. Confrontation is necessary to maintain healthy relationships. Confrontation is necessary for employee development. Confrontation is […]

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