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CNLP 128: Mark Batterson on Chasing Down Your Dreams Without Fear

So you’ve got dreams that seem impossible. So what? Few voices in the church are as encouraging as Mark Batterson’s voice. Mark talks to Carey about how to chase down your dreams and kill the fear that’s holding you back. Welcome to Episode 128 of the podcast. Guest Links: Mark Batterson Mark Batterson’s website Mark on…

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CNLP 125: David Kinnaman on the Clergy Crisis and State of Pastors Today

How are pastors really doing? Why are fewer and fewer people going into ministry? What are the danger signs for pastors today for their soul, their family and their future? Barna Group President David Kinnaman explains the findings behind one of the largest studies of Pastors in America ever conducted. Not everything is good, but…

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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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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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5 Tell-Tale Signs Your Congregation Is Insider-Focused

So many churches that aren’t growing wonder why they’re not growing. Maybe you’ve wondered the same thing about your church or a friend’s church. Of course, people point to many reasons why their church isn’t growing (I cover 10 frequent reasons in this post), but underneath all of them is one root cause: insider-focus. Churches that stop…

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5 Basic Mistakes Churches Make Over and Over Again

It’s one thing to make mistakes in leadership. It’s another to make the same mistakes over and over again. Any idea what your frequent mistakes might be? And if you have mistakes that you make, why do you keep making the same ones over and over again? One of the reasons many leaders and organizations…

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5 Ways Morning People Really DO Have a Leadership Advantage

So you’re trying to be more productive—to get more done in less time. Here’s the question: does it really make a difference whether you’re a morning person or not when it comes to productivity? One of the more frequently asked questions I get as a leader is ‘how do you get it all done?’  …

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7 Subtle Signs Your Church Is Dying

How do you know whether your church’s best days are behind it? It’s a question that all leaders should ask—even leaders of growing churches. As with almost everything in life, there are subtle signs your peak may be near or you may be cresting past it. Other times, the signs of death are evident to everyone but…

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12 Characteristics of a Spiritual Entrepreneur

Ever wonder what might happen if you actually went for it? Did what you always felt called to do but were too afraid to? I hope you wonder what might happen. If there’s one thing the church in the West needs today, it’s spiritual entrepreneurs. As I wrote about here, the church today is filled with…

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