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

Posted by Aaron Buer on November 20, 2019

Advice

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 churches is that we say to guests, “We’re so glad that you’re here!” But, what we don’t say communicates much more loudly, “Yeah, we kinda wish you hadn’t showed up.” If I’m a guest at a church, I’m...

Sermon Series - Ideas for Church Leaders

Posted by Aaron Buer on November 14, 2019

Advice

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 have to deliver compelling sermons in January, February and March! I’m going to share some of the books that I’ve read over the last year or so that have helped shaped our preaching. And, whether you have...

November 2019 Updates

Posted by Julie Schweihofer on November 4, 2019

Updates

New Design As the web continues to evolve, Breeze remains committed to providing the world’s easiest web-based church management software for small and mid-sized churches. As a number of you have already experienced, Breeze has rolled out a new design; available by toggle option from your dashboard. This new design focuses on ease of use by updating the look and feel of the site. With minimal navigational changes (menu options have moved from right to left) the functionality you currently enjoy...

Lessons From Past Employers That Helped Me Grow in Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on November 4, 2019

Advice

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 do with me and my attitude than the person leading me. I’ve been thinking about this idea. I’ve been thinking about all the bosses I’ve ever had and what I’ve learned from them. Here’s an abridged list... Resilience My...

Becoming a Church Leader Free of Pride and Envy

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 31, 2019

Advice

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 room. Or, maybe it’s a little more personal than that. You watch another preacher on YouTube and you are blown away with their skill and polish and you have that moment, “Why them and not...

Update to Breeze Texting

Posted by Julie Schweihofer on October 25, 2019

Updates

Communicating with your membership is important, and communicating you are! You might be surprised to know that every day, through Breeze accounts, over 300k text messages and 160k emails are sent. Now that’s a lot of communicating - you’ve been busy. For those using text messages (including reminders and alerts) from your Breeze account, this update is for you. Breeze Texting Phone Number is Changing Here’s what to expect over the next few weeks: Your Breeze text messages will be sent from...

Church Leadership Includes Succession Planning

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 24, 2019

Advice

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 common conversations I get into with other church leaders centers around succession. We are in the middle of a very interesting era in the church in America. The founding pastors of many successful churches are nearing...

Should We Do What That Other Church is Doing?

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 17, 2019

Advice

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 question in my thinking has been: What is everyone else doing and what does that tell us about how our church strategy should shift? If church X is seeing incredible...

How to Survive Toxic Criticism in Your Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 8, 2019

Advice

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 I grew up...yeah, that wasn’t helpful. Once after preaching, someone from the congregation told me that I would be a good preacher...someday. So that day wasn’t today then?...

The Dance of Relevance and Orthodoxy In The Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 30, 2019

Advice

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." "A biblical church looks like this." How do you know what to do? Especially if your church isn’t experiencing explosive growth and you know something needs to change. What exactly is it that needs to change? These...
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