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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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Church shoppers

5 Key Differences Between Church Shoppers and the Unchurched

Every week you hope to have new people at your church. But there’s a world of difference between reaching the unchurched and attracting serial church shoppers. I’m fortunate to be part of a church where we’ve had first-time guests every single weekend since we launched eight years ago. While it’s easy to think of a visitor…

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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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future church growth

5 Reasons Engagement Will Drive Almost All Future Church Growth

As culture changes in front of our eyes, you might be wondering, what will drive future church growth? In addition, you’re probably frustrated that the things that used to help a church grow don’t ‘work’ anymore (here are 9 things that have stopped being effective). You’re definitely not alone in your experience or your frustration. As Western culture becomes increasingly post-Christian,…

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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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talk without using notes

A 5 Step Method For Delivering a Talk Without Using Notes

When I was just starting to speak publicly, I was always amazed by communicators who could speak without using notes. I wanted to be able to do that, but I had no idea how. I realized communicators who spoke without notes were almost always more effective (here are seven reasons why it’s better for communicators to…

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Speak without using notes

7 Reasons You Should Speak Without Using Notes

One of the questions I get asked all the time is “how do you speak for 40 minutes without using notes?” It’s a great question. Personally, I actually prepare notes, but I rarely if ever use them when I speak. I create notes (sometimes even scripting out stories word for word) because: Better preparation makes me a better…

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killer bottom line

How to Craft a Killer Bottom Line for Your Next Talk

Communicating can be challenging. Communicating effectively is even more difficult. One of the best ways to do that is to develop a killer bottom line. A bottom line is the main point of your talk summed up in a single, memorable sentence. So how exactly do you do that? This post, by the way, is part of…

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great leaders

21 Things All Great Leaders Do

Ever asked yourself: What do the great leaders do that other leaders (average and, well, poor) don’t? Greatness in leadership is in part born, but it’s also learned. Just because you have the instincts for leadership doesn’t make you a great leader. Great leadership is also about cultivating the right habits and disciplines. Which is good…

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way too busy

7 Important Things Every Way-Too-Busy Leader Forfeits

So let me guess. You’ve got too much to do today. Welcome to leadership. One of the most challenging aspects of leadership for any leader is time management. You can read time management books and posts (I’ll give you some resources at the end of this post), but if you don’t care about why something matters,…

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