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How to Lose A 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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CNLP Bonus 005: #AskCarey Part 4

You’ve got leadership questions. Chances are, you’re not the only one asking it. Welcome to another bonus episode of the podcast where I take my best shot at your leadership questions as 2016 launches with all of its promise. Wel;ome to Ask Carey, Part 4. Questions Featured in this Episode 2:25 How do you make changes…

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5 Pendulum Swings Almost Every Church Leader Can Relate To

Ever feel like you’re two people? Sometimes when I reflect on who I am, I think I just swing from one end of the emotional spectrum to another. I’m not talking about struggling with mental health issues or being bi-polar. I have friends who are bi-polar and who struggle with mental health issues on an ongoing…

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Why Most Churches Greet You Like It’s 1999

So your church has a website and a Facebook page. The adventurous have perhaps added Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Or maybe you’ve gone all out, even podcasting your messages or building an app for iOS or Android. (The links are to Connexus Church sites, where I get the chance to serve!) We’re still in the early days of…

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The Secret to Creating a Highly Motivated Team

One of the most significant challenges of leadership is aligning a group of people around a common mission, vision and strategy. Some of you are trying to rally a dozen people around a common cause. Some of you are trying to rally hundreds, others thousands. Sometimes I feel like I spend half my time as…

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6 Keys to Breaking the 200, 400 and 800 Attendance Barriers

While there’s a lot of ‘sensitivity’ around the subject of large churches v. smaller churches, the reality is many church leaders I know sincerely want to reach more people. Which means, in the end, they are hoping their church will grow. Surprisingly, only a tiny percentage of churches ever make it past 200 people in…

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Behind the Scenes: 2013 Blog Highlights and Stats

I was encouraged by a post my friend Tony Morgan ran recently outlining the year on his blog in numbers . I haven’t seen a lot of bloggers do a post like that, and like Tony said, maybe 3 people will be interested in it. But here are some highlights from 2013 on the blog,…

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How To Get Your Church Passionate About Your Mission

One of the dreams of almost every leader is to see every person within an organization motivated by the same mission and vision. The reality is very few organizations—and very few churches—function that way. Most leaders have had an unsettling feeling that they might be the most passionate person about their mission, and wonder how…

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