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morning person

5 Powerful Ways Becoming A Morning Person Unlocks Your Leadership

So you’re trying to be more productive—to get more done in less time. I get that. But what kind of change does that mean for your schedule? Because as you know, if nothing changes, nothing will change. So here’s a question: does it really make a difference whether you’re a morning person or not when it comes to productivity?…

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affair

The Affair You Are Most Likely To Have as a Christian Leader

So could you end up having an affair as a leader–even as a well-intentioned Christian leader? I think the answer is absolutely.  Obviously, some leaders have emotional or sexual affairs with people to whom they are not married. As heartbreaking, future-altering and faith-shattering as those affairs can be, there’s another kind of affair you’re actually far more likely…

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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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church myths

5 Small-Thinking Church Myths You Need to Kill Today

Ever wonder what’s really holding you and your church back? I think it’s often the myths you buy into that limit not only your potential, but tragically, the potential of your church. Today, I launch a brand new podcast—The Canadian Church Leaders Podcast. It’s available for free on iTunes and GooglePlay. On Episode 1, Jeff…

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pastor's soul

Epidemic: On The Creeping Hollow Within a Pastor’s Soul

This Isn’t Why You Got Into It You got into ministry because you loved Jesus and because you felt a call. Your motives, quite honestly, were about as pure as they come. Yet, if you’re like most pastors or church leaders, you discover that perhaps the hardest aspect of your work in the church is…

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kinds of passion

5 Kinds of Passion That Can Make or Break Your Leadership

Where’s your passion level these days? If there’s one common characteristic of growing churches and their leaders these days, it’s passion. Passionate leadership is so much more contagious than passionless leadership. And passion is a key characteristic of leaders who are making a big impact with millennials. As I shared here, if you’re trying to…

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older church members

Shut Down the Bus Tours: What Older Church Members Should Really Be Doing

So how do you engage older church attendees… say people over age 50? The question’s been around a long time. And—as most church leaders could tell you—it’s a bit of a loaded question. It’s also a question I’m hearing again and again, particularly from churches that are doing a great job reaching young families. Some…

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