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September 20, 2018

The Church Worker’s Guide To Survival

September 20, 2018

This fall I’m celebrating my 15th year in fulltime ministry and my 10th year at my current church. I am proud of 15 good years. It’s been a good run but I deeply desire to stay in pastoral ministry all my life and so, I feel like I have a long way to go. I’m […]

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September 13, 2018

How To Help Marriages Thrive In Your Church

September 13, 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to grow healthier and stronger churches. I’ve been asking the question, What is it that we can do as leaders that will create the greatest impact? As I contemplate this question, marriage always comes up. If we could help our people thrive in marriage, we would see tremendous […]

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September 6, 2018

Three Ideas For Better Church Staff Meetings

September 6, 2018

There are times when a staff meeting is a phenomenal experience. And then, of course, there are those staff meetings…boring, pointless, they take FOREVER…you know what I’m talking about. I put a lot of thought and time into leading my team and I still feel like “good meetings” are an elusive target. There are seasons […]

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August 30, 2018

Five Gauges For Staying Healthy In Ministry

August 30, 2018

It seems like every other week that a prominent Christian leader quits, is fired or lands in the news because of some sort of scandal. I don’t know about you, but I find these stories demoralizing because each story tarnishes the reputation of Jesus and His Church in our culture. These stories are also scary […]

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August 23, 2018

Five Simple Ways To Develop Leaders In Your Church

August 23, 2018

Recently, I shared a post on why leadership development doesn’t happen often in churches. Today, I want to share a few more practical tips on the subject of leadership development. Why? Because, too often we think that raising up new leaders is terribly complicated when in reality it isn’t. It just requires steady attention. I […]

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August 16, 2018

Four Strategies For Better Understanding Your Church Leaders

August 16, 2018

So much of leadership is unlocking the potential of the people who follow you, whether those people are staff direct reports, volunteers or even your kids. For me, leadership is foundationally relational. It’s all about knowing how my people tick. The more I understand their passions, motivations, fears, and dreams the better I can empower […]

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August 9, 2018

Why Leadership Development Isn’t Happening In Your Church

August 9, 2018

I don’t know about you but leadership development is one of THE critical issues in our church right now.  Over the next 5-10 years, most of our key senior leaders will likely retire or reduce their level of involvement.  Who will step into those roles and are those people ready? In addition, our ministry is […]

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August 2, 2018

Six Ways to Get More People into Your Church Small Groups

August 2, 2018

If you could get everyone in your church to do one thing, what would it be?  For me, it would be joining a small group.  I believe that people who commit to walking with a group of Jesus followers for a season of life usually experience extraordinary growth. Here’s a question:  What would happen in […]

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July 26, 2018

Five Tips For Making Your Church Offering Time Better

July 26, 2018

For years, I’ve felt very comfortable on stage whether speaking, singing or preaching. However there has always been one thing that made me, well…awkward on stage. The offering. Maybe you can relate. It can feel weird to ask for money. In many churches, it feels like, “Well now we’re going to do that thing that […]

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July 19, 2018

Three Strategies For Recruiting More Volunteers

July 19, 2018

Right about now, in the middle of summer, we start to panic. It’s the same at every church, all over the nation. We are all freaking out. Why? We don’t have enough volunteers for the fall ministry season! Ahhhh!!! Ok. Everyone calm down. We can do this. In fact, I have some ideas on how […]

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