Category: Healthy Church Network blog

As Senior Director for the Healthy Church Network, Mike works with many churches as they find ways to be more effective. This blog is aimed at giving the local church leader what’s needed for ministry at the next level.

Has Your Church Plateaued?

Plateaus are comfortable destinations after a long, arduous climb. They are places where we celebrate, look back over the cliff we’ve scaled, and feel a sense of accomplishment. But what’s next? That’s the trouble with plateaus. The “next” isn’t a part of the original plan. We set out on our climb aiming for the high

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Healthy Deacon Meetings

Each year, thousands of men and women are elected to serve as deacons of their local congregation. Unfortunately for most, there’s no training program or orientation for this line of spiritual responsibility. Each year, at the first meeting with a new Board of Deacons, we discussed the healthy patterns that were essential for their efforts

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When You’ve Done All You Can…

Awhile back, I had the privilege of worshiping with a small congregation in my home town of Kansas City. Though this was not my home church, I felt like I had walked into a family gathering–a really good one–and I was immediately enveloped into their home. Songs were sang sincerely and we felt connect both

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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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The Power of Little Ones

Occasionally Jesus flipped typical life on its ear by demonstrating the importance of children in the kingdom of God. I would imagine that when He put His arm around a young child and mentioned that the kingdom of God belonged to these, He likely stunned and confused the adults around Him. Seeing Him welcome children

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A Vision That Works

There’s little doubt that the idea of vision has been an organizational buzzword over the past couple of decades. Companies plaster statements on their walls in an effort to communicate the “why” of their work, thus motivating employees to give their best to “the cause.” Good organizations stay focused on that cause. They know why

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GROW means GO!

“If you build it, they will come…” Okay, that might have been true in an Iowa cornfield with dead baseball players in need of redemption, but is it really an appropriate mantra for the living? Hardly–oh, and by the way, Field of Dreams was a fictional story. So why do many churches seem to think

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Every Church Needs Healthy Deacons

Each year, thousands of men and women are elected to serve as deacons of their local congregation. Unfortunately for most, there’s no training program or orientation for this line of spiritual responsibility. Each year, at the first meeting with a new Board of Deacons, we discussed the healthy patterns that were essential for their efforts

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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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