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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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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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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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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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11 Steps for Developing Strong Church Leaders

Pastor Bill Hybels once said that Christ’s church is the hope of the world, and leadership is the hope of the church. In light of this, we discover that the reason so many churches are struggling in North America and beyond results from poor or nonexistent leadership....

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14 Ways to Better Understand Your Community

One of the best ways to reach your community is to take the time to understand your community and what makes it unique. In Acts 1:8, Luke writes that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, and therefore we are to be witnesses to our communities...

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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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