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first time guest

How to A Lose First Time Guest in 10 Minutes or Less

It’s hard to believe, but according to people who study these things, first-time guests to your church make up their minds whether they’re coming back or not in the first ten minutes of their visit. Think about that. Before they hear the first note of music, before they hear the first word of a sermon…

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5 Unfair Criticisms People Levy at Strategic Church Leaders

If you’re a church leader who thinks strategically, you’re probably going to get criticized. Maybe even more than you ever dreamed. For some reason, being strategic is often viewed as being unspiritual in the church. Why? I mean, if you want the church to flounder, be unstrategic. Never use your mind, only use your heart. Never think, only feel.…

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CNLP 113: unSeminary’s Rich Birch on Why Some Churches Beat the Odds and Grow

Rich Birch has worked for three large churches that have launched over a dozen new locations, and he’s seen many small and mid-sized churches turn things around. What’s their secret? They do unreasonable things. Welcome to Episode 113 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Rich Birch Rich on Facebook Rich on Twitter Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged…

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How NOT to Sabotage Your Team

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 pastors, directors of special ministries, worship leaders, educators and administrators in the church, we know the call to serve is paramount. You strive to grow, nurture, provide for and support…

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rapidly changing moral culture

5 Ways Christians Can Approach The Rapidly Changing Moral Culture

Ever feel like the world you stepped into when you began in ministry no longer exists? You’re not alone. The culture around us is changing. You can debate when the collapse of Christendom in the West began, but there is little doubt we are witnessing a massive shift away from the cultural consensus that existed…

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worship wars

5 Ways to Battle The Never-Ending Worship Wars

So let me guess: someone recently complained about the music at your church. It doesn’t matter what style of music your church features or how traditional or edgy your music is; complaining about music is almost a universal phenomenon in the church today. Some of that is generated by church shoppers (I outlined 5 characteristics…

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lame excuses

8 Lame Excuses Church Leaders Make

There’s no question that ministry is hard. You know that. You feel it every day. So do I. But sometimes we make it harder than it needs to be. I love talking to church leaders about their ministry and the opportunities and obstacles they see. But time and again, I hear leaders make excuses as to…

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sermon myths

6 Sermon Myths We Need to Bust

Preaching is one of the most demanding tasks required of communicators. You’re not just giving a ‘talk,’ you’re communicating the Word of God—faithfully (you trust). And you do this in front of groups of people who have more communication options and sources than at any point in human history. Not an easy task. In addition, when it…

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