Month: May 2012

Small Strategy…Big Result

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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If My People…

Amid the strategies and ministry models and program initiatives that often dominate a church’s effort to get healthy and grow, don’t forget to pray! In our western mindset, we easily become dependent on our ability to get things done. Working harder and working smarter are the ways we achieve excellence, and we expect that results

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Lost in the Main Auditorium?

For years, many of us have been well-schooled on the need for effective hospitality ministries at the front door of the church. We’ve worked hard to train our greeters and ushers to be smiling beacons of welcome to those who enter our doors. Of course, we’ve probably still got a lot of work to do

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Understanding the Real Mission

Every now and then, you encounter a moment that reminds you why you d what you do and what the kingdom of God is all about. I love such moments, and we all need more of them. One of those occurred a week ago at the conclusion of a Sunday worship service. The pastor’s wife

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Do People Know What You Care About?

Values. It’s become a bit of a “buzzword” in modern organizational life. Many companies have invested in a process to identify their corporate values–those principles that govern the passion of their work. Once identified, the values are often shaped into poster form to adorn the hallways and board rooms where employees can be daily reminded

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