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February 9, 2017

3 Reasons to NOT Start Something New at your Church

February 9, 2017

I live in the future. I’m all about ideas, change, new strategies and innovation. I’m the one who usually says things like: “What if we did this differently” “What if we cancelled that thing and tried something new?” “What if there is no spoon?” “What if we started a campus on the moon?” Ok, maybe […]

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February 2, 2017

Two Preaching Basics I Wish I Knew When I Started

February 2, 2017

Here’s something you’ll never find on the internet: sermons I preached in the early days of my ministry career. Why? Because I destroyed the evidence. They weren’t good. That’s all you need to know. Maybe you know the feeling. The good news is that I’ve had the privilege of serving under two fantastic preachers and […]

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January 26, 2017

4 Reasons Your Church Doesn’t Have Enough Volunteers

January 26, 2017

Has any church really ever had enough volunteers? It’s easy to get frustrated when you don’t have the people you need to run a ministry or a program. “Come on people! Get out of your seat and serve!” I know you’ve said it because I’ve said it. Here’s the thing. At our church, while we […]

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January 19, 2017

How Your Church Can Build a Vibrant Small Groups Ministry

January 19, 2017

There’s a lot we can disagree about when it comes to church. We can argue about the Mega Church phenomenon. Things could get pretty heated when it comes to worship styles. We probably disagree about some of the finer points of theology and let’s just not discuss politics. One thing I think we can all […]

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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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