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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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William_Vanderbloemen

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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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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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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hijacked

4 Unintentional Ways Your Purpose Is Getting Hijacked

Today’s post is a guest post by Tricia Sciortino, president of eaHELP, one of our partners on the blog and on my Leadership Podcast.  By Tricia Sciortino As a pastor or ministry leader, you probably have some pretty specific goals when it comes to your church or organization. You want to see people in your church and community…

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emotional intelligence

5 Emotional Intelligence Hacks That Can Immediately Improve Your Leadership

How would you rate your emotional intelligence lately? It’s a relevant question for a few reasons. First, as the research Daniel Goleman brought forward two decades ago demonstrated, EQ (emotional intelligence) is a far greater predictor of leadership effectiveness than IQ. Second—and this is the fun part—emotional intelligence can be learned. It’s not genetic, and…

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lead pastor's chair

CNLP 110: Jeff Brodie, Carey Nieuwhof and Jeff Henderson on Navigating a Successful Transition: Stepping Out of And Into the Lead Pastor’s Chair

In late 2015, Carey Nieuwhof stepped out of the Lead Pastor role at Connexus Church (the only role he’d ever had) and assumed a new role as Founding and Teaching Pastor, while Jeff Brodie became the new Lead Pastor. A year into the transition, by all accounts, the move has been a success. Jeff Henderson—Lead…

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