Subject to Change – 5

A leader builds trust in one of four ways—relationship, success, unblemished integrity, or personal transformation. Let’s consider each of these, discover how they build a foundation for change, and identify how much change each will allow a pastor to achieve before the ice beneath his feet begins to crack. First, trust is built through relationship. This used

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Subject to Change – 4

Few things in life actually move at the speed we want them to. Most of us would speed up traffic, unless you’re that little old man in the farm truck that’s raising his bony fist at any who are crazy enough to drive more than 45 miles per hour. Generally, we would like for meetings

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Subject to Change – 3

“Pastor doesn’t care about us…he’s only interested in new people…” “Those people have no concern for others…they just want everything to be the way they like it….” “Pastor’s just trying to make a name for himself so some bigger church will call him and pay him more money…” “No wonder the last pastor left. These

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Subject to Change – 2

The slightly ornery phrasing of this set of blogs suggests that being on the receiving end of change isn’t always fun. But, my intent is to suggest that those in the pew have some real input to offer to their shepherd as he leads them toward a new day, a reality I have discovered to be true again and

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Subject to Change – 1

I peeked behind the curtain… No, this is not a confession of some sort of voyeuristic escapade. I’m a Midwesterner, and peeking behind the curtain is a euphemism that means we like to uncover the real story, see what’s happening beyond what’s visible, or crack the code to see how things work. You might remember

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Biblical Conflict Strategy – A Requirement for a Healthy Church

Thus far, we’ve considered the kind of people that we need for a healthy church, but before we leave this discussion, we must consider how those people interact with each other–specifically, how do they respond when difficulty arises. Unresolved conflict is the bane of many unhealthy congregations. Issues hang in the air like a heavy

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Outward-Focused Ministries – A Requirement for a Healthy Church

When I was a kid, I liked playing with baseball cards, watching television or reading a good book, but my dad wasn’t always on board with my preferred ways to spend my leisure time. He would come home from work and tell me to “Go outside!” Now, he wasn’t trying to get rid of me,

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People That Hunger – A Requirement for a Healthy Church

Sunday is a day like no other, for many of us. On this first day of the week, we do things quite differently than on other days. We start our day, not at work, play, or with a honey-do list, but gathering with others we don’t see all week to worship. Then it’s off to

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Deacons Who Serve – A Requirement for a Healthy Church

Over the past seven years, I’ve posted more than 300 blogs on the subject of church health. I’ll confess that sometimes I struggle with what to write. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there’s enough to say about the church to fill a few more years of Mondays, but this form of communication doesn’t allow

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Would You Take Two Steps to Have a Healthy Church? – Part 6

In our journey of “two steps” we have already seen the two steps a pastor must take (grow himself, build a team) and the two steps that only the congregation can take (face reality, create an embracing environment). And last time we saw the first of two steps the two must take together–find your engine.

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