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10 Vision Deficiencies Plaguing Pastors and Churches 

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

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

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

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

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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10 Ways Pastors Balance Life and Ministry in Their Schedules

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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5 Things You Must Do Before You Plant a Church

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

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. Some suggest this means they are not Christians or they are...

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6 Steps to Building a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church

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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9 Tips for Effective Church Technology

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

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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4 Ways to Use Vision to Recruit Church Volunteers

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

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

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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5 Steps Towards Normalizing the Multi-Ethnic Church

5 Steps Towards Normalizing the Multi-Ethnic Church

We live in a large metropolitan area where there are churches of every kind within walking distance from most of our homes. Many of those are what we call "multi-ethnic". One that I will particularly focus on is near the heart of Dallas proper. Their stated mission,...

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The Need for Church Planting and Revitalization

The Need for Church Planting and Revitalization

The strategic emphasis in most denominational or network circles is on church planting. I suspect that few would disagree with this, as it builds up new church bodies, expands the impact in communities, and reaches larger amounts of individuals. After all some...

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Baptizing Your Church Through Revitalization

Baptizing Your Church Through Revitalization

Statisticians generally agree that church attendance in America is on the decline.  This issue remains challenging to understand, yet also carries just as many opinions on correcting it, as there are writers willing to confirm it. While views on church growth vary,...

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Are You Ready for Church Revitalization?

Are You Ready for Church Revitalization?

Revitalization: To give new life to; to give vitality or vigor. Reading this definition makes me tired! But...it also causes me to reflect on the churches we have served recently; churches that cry for someone to step in and give a hand in order to regain some margin;...

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