Month: April 2012

What Makes a Church Great?

What makes a church great? Good question, and one that would likely get plenty of different answers. Some might immediately respond with a description of something occurring on Sunday morning. You know, a great church has great music or great preaching or really friendly people. Others might jump on the outreach efforts of the church

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Two Agendas; One Church

Unfortunately, many churches labor through a seeming fog of discontent. Studies show that a large number of pastors are unhappy, feel overworked, and have a lower sense of self-worth than when they started out in ministry. At the same time, congregations demonstrate their discontent in unnecessary conflicts and people frequently changing churches. Sadly, some who

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The Numbers Trap

Hope you had a great Easter celebration yesterday! And with it, many welcomed their largest crowd of the calendar year–perhaps seeing many come to faith. Praying it was that kind of day for your church… Throughout my nearly thirty years of ministry life, I have observed the on-again-off-again romance pastors engage with numbers. Perhaps because

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Dealing With Difficult Leaders

Unfortunately, there are people who fill leadership roles in many churches who lack the character, discipleship development, or simple maturity to fill such a role. These folks, often chosen because of business expertise or family connection, become entrenched in such roles, much to the frustration of the other leaders on the team. What do you

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