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How to Recruit More Volunteers

"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." - Jesus Luke 10:2 reminds us of the uncomfortable truth about recruiting volunteers: there will always be more work than there are people willing to do the work. Obviously that was true in the first century and it...

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Maximizing Fall Outreach Events

Tis the season for trunk or treats, fall festivals, harvest bazaars, and more. Anytime we host an event at our church we need to be strategic about it. Otherwise, what's the point? We should always have a purpose and a plan. Even if that purpose is simply to be a good...

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Warning Signs of a Bad Church Budget

Building a budget has got to be the least attractive part of going into ministry. I remember when I received the call from the Lord to go into ministry when I was in junior high school. I had dreams of sharing the gospel, comforting the down-trodden. I had a passion...

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Ministry Goals: Five Winning Characteristics

Your church will never go where you are not intentionally leading it. If you want to lose twenty pounds, but never go on a diet or exercise, it will not happen. If you want to retire with a nest egg, but never save and invest, it will not happen. Churches often say...

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Do You Have a Leadership Pipeline to Nowhere?

"Leadership Pipeline" remains a popular buzzword in business and ministry, and for good reason.  We do need to be developing leaders at all levels of our organizations.  Active, growing, thriving organization cultivate leaders in order to fill new positions, replace...

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Leave It Better Than You Found It

There’s something genuinely disappointing about being out in nature—on a beach, in the woods, above tree line on the way to the top of a mountain—and discovering that someone had left behind a bottle, wrapper, container, cigarette butt or the like. You many not feel...

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10 Ways to Burn Out Your Team

A church's most valuable asset is its leadership; so you must be careful not to burn out your team. In our collective decades of ministry and consulting experience, we have seen again and again how churches that lack healthy leadership eventually struggle. To be...

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How Preaching Can Change Lives

Those of us who are regularly teaching and/or preaching in our churches do so to encourage life change on the part of the people who sit under our ministries. And as we are preaching or teaching life changing principles from God's word, our desire is that these truths...

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10 Ways to Maximize Fall Church Attendance

Back to school, back to church. Throughout the country, churches of all sizes and denominations often experience a bump in fall church attendance. Congregations inexorably benefit from people wanting to get back into the rhythm of "normal" life after the erratic pace...

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5 Myths About Leadership Accountability

Churches without leadership accountability have a one-way ticket to organizational implosion. This isn't an overstatement. It's the truth. When pastors in leadership lack effective accountability, eventually the ministry will fail. This doesn't always mean a moral...

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9 Reasons People Are Not Coming To Your Church

“Why aren’t more people coming to worship with my church?” To some extent, I think every pastor and servant leader in the church has asked this question at one time or another. It is natural. You want to make a greater impact. But everyone experiences a lull at some...

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10 VBS Ideas to Infuse Strategic Thinking Into Your Church

As a kid, I have very few memories more vivid than of spending a week in Vacation Bible School. I would attend two weeks: one at my church and one at my best friend’s church. I remember the week at my friend’s church the most because it was different. As a part of...

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10 Deadly Church Planting Mistakes

There is a never-ending need for new churches to be planted. From sea to shining sea, there is no community in America where we can hang a “mission accomplished” banner and stop planting churches. Wherever God is calling you to plant a church is a place where a church...

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10 Signs You Are on the Fast Track to Burnout

I was sitting with an old seminary classmate recently, listening to a typical litany of “pastoral struggles”—the staff member who probably shouldn’t have been hired in the first place, the disgruntled board member with an agenda, church growth pains, the humbling...

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4 Things To Do If You Are A Noob On Church Staff

First days. We've all lived them. Sometimes, we’ve just survived them. First days of a new school year. First days in a new town. First days of a new relationship. First days on a new job. Some look forward to first days -- embracing the clean slate and fresh...

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6 Top Books from 2015

2015 proved to be a great year full of ministry, family, teaching, and writing. My book Re:Vision was published towards end of 2014 and then Developing a Vision for Ministry was released in 2015. Needless to say, I have been occupied with research and writing (in...

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A Good First Impression Starts with Clarity

We've all had the experience of being a first time guest at a church. Hopefully it was good, but maybe it wasn't. Just like with any first impression, you should aim to make a good first impression of your church, even in the little things.  A good first impression...

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5 Ways to Turn Pessimism into Optimism

It’s reported that Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” So how do you turn pessimism into optimism? You likely battle one or the other. So which are you? Are you a...

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10 Vision Deficiencies Plaguing Pastors and Churches 

Vision matters for anyone in ministry. Vision motivates you and your church to action and effectiveness. Vision clarifies what matters most by captivating people towards a yet unseen future. But oftentimes there are vision deficiencies plaguing pastors and churches....

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