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15 Characteristics of Healthy Church Leaders

A healthy church begins with healthy church leaders. It's easy to assume someone serving "in ministry" has things all together, but you and I both know this can certainly be far from the truth at times. Church leaders are human, which means they are fallible (*gasp!*)...

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5 Indicators That You Do Not Need A Church Consulting Firm

What are the indicators that you do not need a church consulting firm right now? We hear all sorts of talk about the newest tool a pastor of our church can use. Sometimes you'll read a blog post about the three, five, or seven best of whatever to fix a certain area of...

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How to Treat Veterans in Your Church

Veterans Day reminds us of the freedoms and privileges we have as a result of the sacrifices made by those in our armed forces. Veterans Day gives us a chance to honor veterans who served us and our country so faithfully. Veterans Day serves as a reminder of how just...

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10 Ways Pastors Balance Life and Ministry in Their Schedules

I’m addicted to seeking advice from older, wiser, spiritually-healthy pastors—those with godly attitudes and a long history of balance, healthy families, and personal fruit. Of the many questions I like to ask, this one is my favorite: “How do you build your ‘normal’...

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A Christian Response to the Umpqua Shooting

I’m angry... Angry that nine more lives were lost at Umpqua, because some deranged man was infatuated with death. Angry that many of these lives were snuffed out, because they were believers in Jesus. Angry that too many of the voices of influence in the public square...

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5 Things You Must Do Before You Plant a Church

“I think I want to start a church one day. Where do I start? What should I be doing now?” This is a frequent question that comes from potential church planters. I think it's awesome that so many people are interested in church planting. It takes work, but it's worth...

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15 Reasons Why Committed Christians Do Not Attend Church

From what I've been reading and hearing lately, there are many "good, solid, and faithful" Christian people who have decided not to attend church services any longer...or just need a break from that routine. For some observers this indicates: a) they are not...

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6 Steps to Building a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church

Leadership pipeline development in churches isn't a new fad or trend that only applies to multi-site or church planting contexts. A church's leadership pipeline cultivates the God-given spiritual gifts and abilities each person has. It requires a redesign or...

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7 Leadership Tips from Scripture

Scripture contains countless leadership lessons. God the Father is the ultimate demonstration of leadership. As God empowers the Son to will and to act according to the Father and deploys the Holy Spirit to comfort and lead us as the church, we find remarkable insight...

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8 Ways to Move From Vision Ambiguity to Vision Clarity

When you are looking to the future, you need to have a vision and know where you are going. Is your vision ambiguous? Do you need vision clarity? Take a minute to look at these eight ways to move from vision ambiguity to vision clarity in your church. 8 Ways to Move...

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9 Tips for Effective Church Technology

I’ve spent the last 18 years supporting small business computer networks. Most things crossover well into effective church technology; however, special considerations do exist for church networks. Every entity is budget conscious when it comes to technology, but...

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5 Warning Signs of Narcissistic Leadership

I came across a quiz the other day that tested if you could identify if a quote was from Kanye West or Jean Ralphio Saperstein from Parks and Recreation. I only got six correct. How well can you identify narcissistic individuals? And what does that have to do with...

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9 Vital Components of Church Revitalization

Church revitalization carries both challenges and joys. The challenges have created a massive need for outside church vision consulting and strategic operations planning. Revitalizing a declining or plateaued church challenges the congregation, provides opportunity...

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4 Ways to Use Vision to Recruit Church Volunteers

Vision seems to be a popular word these days...and for good reason. Vision excites people and motivates them to get involved. Ever wonder how you can use vision to recruit church volunteers? Take a moment and consider these 4 ways to use vision to recruit church...

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10 Ways Privilege Hurts The Church

Privilege hurts the church. It robs us of what God intended for us. It stands in stark contrast to the life of Jesus. In Philippians 2:5-11 we read a powerful example of how Jesus set aside his privilege(s) for you and I. ...who though he existed in the form of...

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7 Steps to Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

The great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.” Despite his valiant efforts, little has changed over these many years. Becoming a multi-ethnic...

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