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control freak

How Your Control Freak Tendencies Stunt Your Church’s Growth

So you might have a love hate relationship with control: you love controlling things, but you hate being controlled. It’s not surprising. People who like control seem to have a natural ability to get into leadership positions. Or sometimes they create positions, start things and build their own organizations. For years, I resisted the control freak label. I…

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devil's favourite strategies

The Devil’s 5 Favourite Strategies: Church Leader Edition

You’re probably thinking: Seriously? A blog post on the devil? I mean come on… I thought this was a blog for thoughtful leaders. Well, I’m with you. Talking about the work of the enemy is not an easy task. The challenge, I think, lies at the extremes. There are some Christian leaders who never talk about Satan, and…

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counter-cultural

7 Counter-Cultural Opportunities Most Church Leaders Simply Miss

There’s likely little doubt left in your mind that culture is changing rapidly. Even in the Bible Belt, preachers are explicitly engaging an ever-more post-Christian culture (just check out some recent series by Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel). If you want to reach people outside the Christian bubble, you’re going to have to learn how to adapt. In Canada, where I…

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influence

10 Easy Ways To Blow Your Influence As A Leader…Without Even Trying

You realize by now that influence is a precarious thing. What can take years to build can be lost or squandered overnight. It happens every day to leaders, and often they’re the last to see it. So how do you end up losing influence as a leader,  without even trying? Well, let’s first clarify how influence and leadership work. I believe John…

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CNLP 114: William Vanderbloemen on How to Know When It’s Time to Quit

So…how do you know when it’s time to quit? Few people are better positioned to talk about it than William Vanderbloemen, who deals with staff and churches in transition every day. William shares some amazing insights on when you should stay and when you should go. Welcome to Episode 114 of the Podcast. Guest Links: William…

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leverage Christmas

How To Make Christmas Your Best Outreach of the Year

Any idea what the best outreach opportunity of the year at your church might be? You might think it’s an event you do, or perhaps it’s Easter. But whether Christmas has historically been your best opportunity to reach unchurched people or not, I believe it could be. As our culture becomes more and more post-Christian, we’re seeing…

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US election

4 Suggestions After the US Presidential Election

Regardless of how you voted or who you were cheering for in the recent US election, you probably keep thinking, “What now?” There’s no doubt something fundamental is changing before our eyes. (I wrote about some of that in a post called 5 Predictions About the US Presidential Election.) Unquestionably, things will never quite be the…

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