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Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual Growth’

subtle signs your church is dying

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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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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10 Top Insights from The Top 10 Blog Posts of The Year

You can grow a lot in a year—as a leader, as a person, as a follower of Christ. I truly hope you did in 2015. When you look back on this past year, so much happened. The world changed—and continues to change—rapidly. This space is designed to be a place where you can process leadership, change…

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Unchurched people at Christmas

5 Ways to Better Connect With Unchurched People At Christmas

Your Christmas services are almost here! And chances are you’re so busy you hardly have time to read this post. But what’s at stake is critical. You’ll likely have more unchurched people come through the door of your church than almost any other point in the year. For example, at Connexus, we’re expecting over 2300…

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How Pastoral Care Stunts the Growth of Most Churches

Of all the mysteries that shouldn’t be mysteries, why most churches remain small is perhaps the greatest. I’m sure there are a few leaders who want to keep their churches small, or who don’t care about growth. But most small church leaders and pastors I meet actually want to reach more people. They want to see their mission…

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7 Effective Ways to Battle Discouragement In Leadership

If you talk to most leaders long enough to get a real answer to ‘So how’s it going?” you will quickly discover that a surprising number of leaders are disheartened. Even discouraged. For several years now, I’ve done a new reader survey for anyone who signs up to receive my blog via email. You know what hundreds…

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5 Ways For a Church Member to Leave a Church Well

Sometimes people remember how you arrived. They almost always remember how you left. Especially if you leave poorly. This is true when people come to your church and when they leave, as some inevitably do. I was out driving through our neighbourhood recently and I passed the house of someone who goes to our church. I…

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How To Tell If Your Church Is Actually Producing Disciples

One of the frequent criticisms I hear of churches that are trying to reach people who don’t attend church is that they fail to produce ‘disciples’. Honestly, this is a criticism that, off and on, has been levied at our ministry for years. And it bothers me. I know it’s a criticism that has followed many of…

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