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.

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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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 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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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 12

We shouldn’t ever forget that the kingdom reward for the smaller church pastor isn’t less significant than for those who might lead hundreds or even thousands. Every smaller church pastor should remember the forgotten character in Matthew 25’s parable of the talents: We often focus on the failure of the third servant to use the

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 11

Before we leave the subject of leading change, let’s talk for a bit about the pace of change. One mistake many pastors make is to misperceive those who resist change. Because the pastor feels passion for change and has worked through the necessity of pursuing a new direction, he can mislabel those who embrace change

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 10

In the previous blog, we identified the type of team a smaller church pastor needs to build in order to lead change. Once the team is built, the final steps toward change are as follows: 1. Identify the vision Be able to articulate the goals of the change so the question of “why” can be

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