And now for a few announcements…

Announcements are a part of nearly every church’s time of worship. After all, we have to let people know about the other stuff we’re doing, and Sunday morning seems like a great time to get their attention. Right? Honestly, the plan may not be working. Truth is, in a setting where we focus people mentally

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Dust…

The Bible tells us that God “remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). Unfortunately, many of us forget. Pastors and church leaders can be among the worst workaholics you’ll ever meet. Maybe this condition is due to the fact that the ministry to-do list is never done. Maybe the core cause is the leader’s insecurity

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Chasing Real Change

We aren’t a patient people. Life has encouraged us to insist on getting what we want somewhere close to the minute we ask for it. We get our food fast, retrieve our mail in seconds, and have little patience for the moments those processes slow down. We want what we want…NOW! So when we begin

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Small Strategy…Big Results

Not long ago, I spent half an hour on the phone with a pastor who was looking for a growth strategy for his church. I could tell early in the conversation that he thought he was missing something, that there was one thing he could do that would send his church into the orbit of

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Critical Steps for Assimilating New Friends in Your Church

Entire books have been written on the subject of Guest Assimilation, so fully tackling such a huge issue in a short blog isn’t realistic. But most of us who lead local churches need to get the basics down so we can begin building our effort. Here’s four key rites of passage for the guest. Week

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Can You Judge a Church By Its Size?

More and more I am coming across articles and books either defending or castigating local churches on the issue of their size. Some applaud the large church in such a way that the smaller church seems unnecessary and without a future, While others defend the merits of the small church and treat the larger congregation

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 4

As we engage the final of our four questions for the new pastor, let’s take a quick moment to review the first three pursuits. We began with “where.” This is the question that centers you into a location, a specific setting, a cultural context and a people group. Knowing where you are is always the

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 3

“What do I do?” Given the long list of expectations often placed on the office of pastor, one can find it difficult to know where exactly to jump in. Add the seven-day cycle of many pastoral responsibilities, and you’ll find it difficult to be intentional rather than reactionary to every day’s demands. Over the past

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 2

“What do I do?” The question loads a pastor’s credit card with conference registrations and larger bookshelves as the man or woman of God seeks desperately for direction in this often awkward task of leading the Church. I call it awkward because it’s not really like any other leadership role in our culture–greatness equals servitude,

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 1

While there are mountains of books and articles that discuss the various elements of church planting, health, development, leadership, revitalization, and any other category we’ve managed to envision, most pastors are just looking for a clear response to a single question–what should I do? Given that I’ve contributed to the aforementioned pile of of resources,

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