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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...

The Secret to Reaching a Post-Christian Culture

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 23, 2019

Advice

I’ve been reflecting on how divided our culture is right now. We can’t even talk about our differences in a civil manner...think about politics. I haven’t seen a polite disagreement in the political sphere in what feels like years. We vilify those who disagree with us and only engage with the opposite viewpoint through snide comments on social media. This is American culture right now. It’s ugly. I spent last week studying the early church for an upcoming sermon series and I believe that Romans...

How To Stay Spiritually Healthy This Ministry Season

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 16, 2019

Advice

Good grief this fall is busy! Is anyone else tired? And, we’re barely into the ministry season. Maybe it’s the combination of ministry and leadership plus all that’s going on with my kids getting older, playing more sports and being involved with more at school, but this season feels a little crazy to me. Earlier this week, I had lunch with a good friend, who is also a pastor in my city, and we were talking about the busyness of life. We were laughing about all the nonsense that comes with...

Will Your Church be a Thing in 40 Years?

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 12, 2019

Advice

This year, my church is celebrating a 40-year anniversary. It’s been 40 years since we moved into our first building. For the record, it was a house...but it still counts. It’s fun to think about where we’ve been and it’s encouraging to remember all that God has done in and through our church in the last 40 years. A legacy is great. A history of fruitfulness is fantastic. And yet, I’m thinking about the future. What will the next 40 years hold for our church? Will there be an 80-year...

How to Speak the Right Words at the Right Time In Your Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on September 5, 2019

Advice

Strategy matters. Vision is critical. Structures and systems are vital. These are all important aspects of organizational leadership. But, they are trumped by what leaders actually say. Words matter. Lately I’ve been studying the book of Proverbs and thinking about the impact of words on our lives and organizations. I’m realizing that there have been turning points in my life that are a direct result of something someone said to me. When I was in 9th grade, my youth pastor told me, “You are a...

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Group Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on August 28, 2019

Advice

I’m a big fan of circles. I’ve just seen, over and over again, that people who invest in a small group experience growth. There is something powerful that happens when a handful of Jesus followers journey together for a season. So, as we talk about how to breathe life into your small group ministry, this isn’t about numbers. It’s not about percentages. This is about discipleship and transformation. Our people need to be in a group. It’s an essential component of spiritual growth. So, how do we...

6 Ways to Invest in Marriages in Your Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on August 22, 2019

Advice

There’s something that keeps coming up in my church. I keep hearing, from many different sources, that marriages are in trouble all over the place. We hear it from our men’s ministry and our women’s ministry. We run into it in family ministry. Prayer requests are often about failing marriages. It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that we need to focus ministry on supporting, encouraging and building marriages. In fact, I’m not sure if there is any more important area to focus ministry in our...

Fall Launch 2019

Posted by Sheley Arnold on August 20, 2019

Updates

Gearing Up For Your Fall Launch Fall is quickly approaching and we know that you have a lot on your mind and many things to get done this season! We want to do our part in helping make your life simple. This special blog is specifically geared toward everything that you'll need to make your Fall Launch easy-breezy. In this blog you'll find: A look at Volunteer Management 2.0 Special fall form header images that will only be available to you this fall Our Fall Launch video that will help you...
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