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lies

7 Lies Most Pastors Tell

I’m a pastor and, I hate to say, I sometimes tell lies. Don’t get me wrong, I hate lying. And I try very hard to live a life of integrity. I’m guessing you do too. But do you ever let a lie… slip? Pastors are under relentless pressure to be ‘on’ all the time. As…

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leader worth following

7 Essential Qualities That Make You A Leader Worth Following

How do you know you’re a leader worth following? By definition, that’s what a leader is: a person whom others follow. (If no one is following you, you’re probably not a leader, unless you’re pre-launch, but even then, look back at your life. Has anyone followed you… ever?) Naturally, you can gain a following through…

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post-truth

7 Ways To Live Out The Gospel in a Post-Truth, Post-Fact Culture

Regardless of where your politics lean, many would sense that American culture is quickly becoming both post-truth and post-fact. It’s happening right before our eyes. Don’t like the outcome of what’s happening? Claim it never happened. Bothered by what the data says? Offer your own data, even if you have to make it up. The…

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convince your boss

5 Ways To Convince Your Boss You’re Right

If you were in charge, everything would be different, wouldn’t it? But you’re not. At least not yet. You think you’re right (you have some great ideas). And you’ll do anything to convince your boss to do what you think your church or organization needs to do. Which leads us to the big question. How…

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things you say

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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demoralize

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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meets my needs

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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