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5 Things You Say That Kill Your Leadership

The innocent phrases you say every day impact you—and others— more than you think. Have a look at the list below, and you’ll immediately recognize that you say some of these things without even realizing it. They’re almost verbal ticks in our culture. Even if you don’t really mean anything by them, these statements undermine…

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The Top 7 Ways Leaders Demoralize Their Teams

You know that as a leader you have a direct impact on your team, right? It’s  impossible for a leader NOT to have an impact on their team. The only question is whether it’s a good impact or a bad one. More than anything, your leadership will directly impact team morale. You’re either boosting team morale…

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productivity hacks

9 Little Productivity Hacks That Deliver Way More Than You Think

Like most leaders, you have far more opportunities and responsibility than you feel like you have time for. It’s hard to juggle all the competing demands, keep your mind focused on what matters most, and get it all done. I believe the best thing you can do is change your overall approach to managing time, energy…

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Why The Search For a Church That Meets Your Needs is Futile

Any church leader who’s been in ministry for more than a few months has heard different variations of it: I’m looking for a church that meets my needs. What are you going to do to better meet my needs? I’m leaving this church to find one that better suits my needs.  The longer a Christian has…

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disruptive church trends

6 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2017

The culture continues to change rapidly around you as a church leader. You get that. And yet sometimes the change is easy to miss. Last January, I outlined 5 disruptive church trends that would dominate 2016. 2017 is no different. In fact, the need for change is more urgent because our culture is arguably changing…

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10 Things That Demonstrate The World You Grew Up In No Longer Exists

You know things are changing, but the real questions is how quickly and how deeply. Well, the change is pretty fast and pretty deep. In fact, unless you’re under 25, the world into which you’re born doesn’t really exist anymore. You may have heard of the the Beloit College Mindset list. It comes out every year and…

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Missed the High Impact Leader Launch?

UPDATE: The High Impact Leader course is available for four days (until midnight PST on January 19, 2017). Act fast! After January 19th, registration for the High Impact Leader course will be closed until summer 2017. If you purchase it now, you’ll get the course at a discounted price. Learn more or sign up here. Registration…

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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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