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How to Fall Back in Love with Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on March 10, 2022


There have been a few seasons where I have fallen out of love with ministry. You know you’re there when ministry feels like a grind. It isn’t fun. You get frustrated with people and don’t experience a lot of joy.  If you’ve been in ministry for more than a few years, I’m guessing you’ve been there. Maybe you’re there right now.   How do you get the joy back?  How do you fall back in love with ministry?   I’ve learned some things about this, mostly from listening to veteran pastors and ministry...

How to Unify Your Church’s Vision Across Ministries

Posted by Aaron Buer on March 3, 2022


I’m noticing something in our staff that might be relevant to your church.  Our staff is hungry.  They want to see progress and action.  Over the last two years, it has felt like we’ve been playing defense—mask mandates, closings, what to say or not to say about this or that political situation, appeasing angry people, and on and on.  We’ve been playing a lot of defense.  I’m sensing that our staff wants to go on the offensive.  They want to grow their ministries and take new ground. Maybe...

4 Styles of Church Leadership that Create Resonance

Posted by Aaron Buer on February 24, 2022


There is something I am striving for in 2022.  My goal is to become a more emotionally healthy leader.  As my responsibilities and influence increase, I want to show up as the most healthy leader that I can be so that I can lead others in ways that bring out their best. And so that I can bring my best for years to come.  An emotionally healthy leader is a leader who adapts easily to changing situations and the needs of each person.   I wonder if you’re attempting to move in the same...

How to Protect the Faith of Your Congregation

Posted by Aaron Buer on February 17, 2022


With everything that is currently happening in our society and with how confused and confusing our culture is on truth right now, what can we do to protect the faith of our people?  Something the Apostle Paul said in Acts 20 to a group of church leaders from the Jesus community in Ephesus might be helpful here. Paul knew that after he left, “savage wolves” would get into the flock and do terrible damage.  Paul was deeply concerned with protecting the church in Ephesus so he gave the church...

Church Resources and Takeaways from the 2022 ReCourage Conference

Posted by Aaron Buer on February 10, 2022


Last week I had the privilege of helping to lead an event for just under 600 ministry leaders called the ReCourage Conference.  The thing I love about this event is that it is different from most ministry conferences.  It’s not about how to build a successful church.  It’s not about strategy and vision.  It’s not about how to effectively lead a staff.  The ReCourage Conference is about the heart and faithfully bringing your best to ministry year after year. Here are the speakers from this...

11 Church Sermon Series Ideas for 2022

Posted by Aaron Buer on February 3, 2022


Last week, I went on a study retreat to plan our preaching series until next Christmas.  Part of this retreat included meeting with a few other teaching pastors in our area.  The conversations centered around this question:  “What are a few sermon series that really connected with your congregation over the last few years?”   The conversations were fantastic and provided us with great ideas for planning our preaching calendar.  I thought I’d share some of the most compelling ideas with you. ...

4 Reasons Your Church Needs More Interns

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 27, 2022


In this post, I’m going to attempt to convince you that you should have a robust internship program. Why?  Because internship programs have been a huge win in my church and I think they could really help you out.   First off, what are we talking about here?  For us, this is a 1 or 2 year paid position.  It is part-time, although it could be full-time.  It is a role in which a person will receive high-level training and mentoring while filling a needed role for us.  Each intern has a staff...

Generate Buy-in at Your Church with these 4 Strategies

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 20, 2022


Have you ever had a brilliant idea…that nobody bought into?  All the middle children out there know what I’m talking about!   Have you ever felt like you knew exactly what your church needed to move forward and seize opportunity, but you couldn’t get key leaders on board?   What we’re talking about here is buy-in.  It’s one thing to have a vision for the future, it’s another thing to convince the people who need to be convinced.   So, how do you get buy-in?  How do you rally people behind your...

4 Ways to Invest in Church Volunteers

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 13, 2022


Staff and volunteers who feel valued and appreciated are more effective in their roles and stay in those roles for longer periods of time.   Think about it.  Any staff or volunteer role you’ve been in where you didn’t feel appreciated…chances are you don’t occupy that position anymore.   So, how do we clearly communicate appreciation and value to our people?  This is an important question right now.  We are traveling through one of the more disappointing and frustrating seasons any of us have...

How To Be an Effective Spiritual Leader in 2022

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 6, 2022


The last two years have been both a challenging and confusing time to lead a church. But here we are, at the beginning of a new year. So, what will your church need from you in 2022? The answer to that question is this: The same thing that the church has always needed—spiritual leadership. What is spiritual leadership? What does it look like? The Apostle Paul gave us a clear picture of what spiritual leadership is in his final meeting with the elders of the church in Ephesus, in Acts 20. He’s...

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