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growing churches

Why It’s Easy (And Wrong) to Think Growing Churches Simply Won The Lottery

There’s a theory out there that goes something like this: growing churches grow because, well, they just got lucky. It’s like they won the talent lottery, the gifting lottery, the demographic lottery (right neighborhood) the nice-people-who-attend-their-church-and-don’t-block-change lottery, the perfect timing slot machine and just about every stroke of luck you can manufacture in your mind.…

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key principles

5 Key Principles Every Leader Should Master

If you were to focus on just a handful of key principles to master in leadership, which would you focus on? I get asked almost every day for advice, and I’ve written hundreds of posts on this blog filled with principles. Here are 5 principles I think about almost every day. The first three relate…

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skipping Sunday morning

What You Never Know You Miss By Skipping Sunday Morning

Today’s post is a guest post by my executive assistant, Sarah Piercy, who in addition to working with me for the last 8 years, is a wife and young mom. She wrote this piece for our church blog, and, well, it was too compelling not to share it with you here. In particular, I love…

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healthy leaders

10 Best Practices of Super Healthy Leaders (And A Free Giveaway!)

What do you need to become a super healthy leader over the long haul? Too many leaders get discouraged, drained and defeated over the long haul in leadership. None of them set out to end up that way, but without careful attention to important disciplines, it happens. That question can seem difficult to answer until you…

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destroy you

7 Signs What’s Driving You Is Beginning to Destroy You

There are a thousand fine lines in leadership. Perhaps the most subtle and dangerous line is the fine line between what drives you and what destroys you. Being driven is not an inherently bad thing. In fact, leveraged well, it’s a huge leadership asset. You get things done, mobilize people around great causes and make things happen.…

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stalling out

9 Signs Your Church is Stalling Out

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether or not your church or organization is making progress or whether it’s about to stall out. Sure, you can look at attendance and giving numbers. But by then…it’s often too late. The damage is done by the time you see a slowing or decline in those numbers. And those two numbers…

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