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Church Staff, Don’t Waste Your 9 to 5!

It took me six years to get a four-year degree in youth ministry.  I really earned that degree.  I got the most out of the money I spent (I kid, I kid). After College I went to seminary and [...]

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3 Healthy Responses To People Leaving

“The people who help you start will not be the people that stay with you.” As a new church planter, that was not what I wanted to hear. In fact, those words stink. Six years ago I [...]

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The Thermostat Ministry…How To Get Ahead Of The Problems Your Church Will Face

We are not fortune tellers. We knew that already, right? But as leaders, we must be able to forecast what is coming. If you wait until you have to make changes, it is often too late. The [...]

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Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” I’m not sure he had the modern church in mind when he made this statement. As a pastor, you live with the tension of “we [...]

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A First Time Guest Shows Up…Now What?

A pastoral friend of mine recently polled his Facebook followers and asked, “What would turn you off from visiting a church a second time?” It was a fascinating question. The common [...]

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Surprising Insight From A Mega Church Pastor

I recently had the opportunity to hang out with a leader of one of the largest churches in America. I couldn’t wait to learn from my time spent with him. The things I learned blew my mind — [...]

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How To Motivate The Unmotivated Part 2

Last week we talked about the difficulties we face when communicate vision and change with our church. Click here to read it. Starting with the WHY and then in turn, tying it into our vision are [...]

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How Do You Motivate The Unmotivated? Part I

Can you relate? You try to lead people to love Jesus, love others and make a difference but it seems that either people don’t care or they care about the wrong thing. The general rule of [...]

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Unleash Your Creative Genius

You are a creative genius. If you shook your head no, laughed at that thought, or had any type of adverse reaction, then this post is for you. See, you ARE a creative genius – it’s true! Sure, [...]

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Define the Barrier

We all hit plateaus – what do you do when you hit one? As a leader, we manage the tension of the alignment of our identity with growth and the fight to become passive about it. The greatest loss [...]