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6 Characteristics of Revitalizing Pastors

Not everyone has the "right stuff." We often tell our children that they can be anything they want to be, but this isn't entirely true. It's a nice sentiment, but it's just false. At this point in life, my chances of being a professional football player are nil. Why?...

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Stop Blaming Other Churches

Declining churches often feel that they would be growing, if it weren’t for that one church down the road, but it’s time to stop blaming other churches and seeing them as competition.

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How to Thrive in a Post-Christian World

The world is full of darkness. The endless news of violence, tragedy, and pain is enough to make a person never want to leave their house. We know that the world has been dark since the fall of mankind, but the darkness in our age feels even darker and more oppressive. Here are six practical things your church can do to thrive in a post-Christian world.

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13 Deadly Sins of a Dying Church

Out of our work and research from speaking with hundreds of churches over the last twenty years, we developed this list of “13 Deadly Sins of a Dying Church.” Our goal isn’t to critique or put down pastors and other Christian leaders but to motivate you to action.

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How to Build a Discipleship Pathway

Churches are great at filling the calendar. Most churches have no shortage of programs, events, and fellowships. Yet most churches somehow struggle to do the one thing Jesus commissioned us to do: make disciples.

When your church focuses on filling the calendar with programs over creating a streamlined Discipleship Pathway, the people in your church will never be held accountable to grow.

Here are three steps to building a discipleship pathway.

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5 Characteristics of a Healthy Church

Everyone wants to be healthy. At least we think we do. Then we learn what being a healthy church requires. These common characteristics of a healthy church could be applied to almost any ministry or organization. 1) They are led well. Pastors committed to...

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Leveraging the Summer Slump

There are a lot of well-meaning people who will try and tell you that your church can grow through the summer. Maybe your church shouldn’t try to go hard and grow through the summer (at least in terms of attendance). But maybe, instead of trying to avoid it, your church could leverage the summer slump.

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Three Tips for Better Assimilation

We've all been there. A guest comes. A guest leaves. A guest never comes back. We scratch our heads and wonder, "What happened? Was it something I said?" Truthfully, most leaders don't know where the breakdown happens or why. The failure likely wasn't in the service...

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Dealing with People Who Resist Change

Change isn't easy. Anyone who thinks that their church can turnaround at the snap of a finger has never tried to lead a congregational meeting! However, since 95% of churches are in decline, plateaued, or only growing via transfer growth, change in the church is...

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TMG Live – January 15, 2019

TOPIC: In today's edition of TMG Live, we are sharing three reasons to be excited about your church in 2019. WHAT WE WANT YOU TO TAKE AWAY: Our main goal is to inspire and encourage you today. We desire for pastors and church leaders like you to feel like 2019 can be...

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Breaking the Solo Pastor Barrier

Being a Solo Pastor is difficult work. I can relate. For over 20 years I worked as a small-business computer consultant. In the beginning I was just happy to have work but expected that I would grow into a larger business with employees. My business would ebb and...

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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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Tips to Increase Giving at Your Church

If we want to see increased giving in our churches, we cannot keep doing the same old things the same old way. We need to think differently. Here are 9 tips for increasing giving at your church.

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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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