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unwritten rules

7 Unwritten Rules of Church Leadership

Things don’t always go the way you want them to in life. Church life is hardly an exception. I’ve been in church my entire life and in leadership for half that. So there are a few things I noticed that you may have noticed too. Leadership is hard and my guess is you’re throwing your heart into…

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5 Good Reasons A Church Should Close

It’s no secret that thousands of churches close every year. Every time I hear of a church that’s closing, my heart sinks. Despite the voices of all of the critics, I really do believe the local church is a beacon of light in a world that’s increasingly dark. In light of the fact that I…

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mentor

7 Easy Ways to Blow It With A Mentor

Almost every leader you talk to these days either wants a mentor; has a mentor or is mentoring someone. I talk to scores of young leaders who want to be mentored. So let’s say you land the mentor you were hoping to get…how do you make the most of that relationship? I’ve seen more than a…

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attendance

5 Ways Tracking Church Attendance Messes With Your Soul

If you’ve spent more than 10 minutes in church leadership, you’re aware of the tension that tracking church attendance creates inside you and around you. Sure, for starters, the way other leaders talk about numbers is an easy gateway for criticism (He’s totally obsessed with numbers). But it’s deeper than that. It’s easy to criticize…

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culture

How to Respond to a Culture You Don’t Like Anymore

Ever feel like the culture is changing so much you really don’t like it? 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 even a…

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