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.

Understanding Vision

What is vision? In today’s climate, the word is used in so many different ways one can find it frustrating to wade through all the definitions. So even my title might cause you to raise an eyebrow in suspicion. For this moment, let’s define vision as the central focus of your church. What is it

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Sunday…

Thanks to an excellent message from our pastor this Sunday, I am reminded that Sunday isn’t really “game day” for the church. Sure, we put a lot of effort into the worship event. We practice music until every bridge can be crossed smoothly and transition navigated without painful pause. We hone messages ’til they match

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One Sunday…

Not long ago I found myself navigating yet another church visitor card as my weekend work of church consulting was fully underway. This, like so many congregations I’ve encountered, seemed like a nice gathering of nice people who wanted me to have a nice time in their house of worship. Lots of smiles, warm handshakes

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Reaching the Next Level – 4

Here in our final blog in the series, “Getting to the Next Level,” we are ready to discuss the final and most critical of the three elements that will help you move forward. You’ll recall that we have already discussed Excellence and Organization (the first two elements). But without this final element, what grows won’t

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Reaching the Next Level – 3

This week, we continue to explore the three key elements of getting your church to the “next level” by looking at the second critical component–Organization. Organization Organization asks the question, “Who is falling through the cracks?” The question seeks to explore what we are losing track of because your level of organization will ultimately determine how

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Being the Church (Part 3)

I’ll never forget the conversation I had with a young man while at the church I pastored for a decade. He was pretty new to the whole idea of church, the Gospel, and, well, just about everything we did as a community of faith. The memorable conversation began with his phone call–a quick and simple request

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Being the Church (Part 2)

For as long as I can remember, I have heard the Sunday challenge to be a world-changer on Monday. Somehow my pastor knew that I (and apparently others) could be tempted to separate those two days, Sunday and Monday, as though one was for God and the other could be guided by my agenda. Over

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Being the Church

This past week offered me and my family and extraordinary look into the difference between going to church and truly being the Church. It’s evident that western Christianity has shifted with near full force toward the former, while the latter remains the biblical idea. As we walked through the emotional path of burying my father,

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Out my window…one more time

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve considered life from the vantage point of the middle. Often those who live at the extremes of either sizable success or colossal failure get most of the headlines, but most of us live somewhere in between. And as we’ve seen, it’s in this “in-between world” where we find

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Out my window…again

Last time, we began discussing what it’s like to be overlooked. You know, that feeling you get when your efforts don’t get the attention you know they deserve. Frankly, most of us live our lives just beyond the edges of the limelight. And that can occasionally lead us to feel less valued or our work

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