Category: Leadership and Life

Critical Steps for Assimilating New Friends in Your Church

Entire books have been written on the subject of Guest Assimilation, so fully tackling such a huge issue in a short blog isn’t realistic. But most of us who lead local churches need to get the basics down so we can begin building our effort. Here’s four key rites of passage for the guest. Week

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 4

As we engage the final of our four questions for the new pastor, let’s take a quick moment to review the first three pursuits. We began with “where.” This is the question that centers you into a location, a specific setting, a cultural context and a people group. Knowing where you are is always the

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 1

While there are mountains of books and articles that discuss the various elements of church planting, health, development, leadership, revitalization, and any other category we’ve managed to envision, most pastors are just looking for a clear response to a single question–what should I do? Given that I’ve contributed to the aforementioned pile of of resources,

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 2

There are numerous realities that differ between the smaller and larger setting. Societal shifting – General population has been moving from the small place to the large place for many years now. This relocation of people has caused the shrinking of many communities, which affects the opportunities of many smaller churches. Consumer mentality – As

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 1

Now, you may be wondering where we draw the line between the larger and smaller church and that’s a fair question. Since nearly 2/3 of Assemblies of God churches welcome less than 100 to weekend worship and more than 80% have fewer than 200, there’s probably a lot more of us on the smaller side

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Getting to the Next Level – Part 4 of 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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Getting to the Next Level – Part 3 of 4

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. 2. 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

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Unnoticed? Join the Club–it’s a good one! Part 5

Today, we finish our look at the “parable of the talents” and the insights it offers for those of us who weren’t given as much talent as others. To catch the whole conversation, check out the previous four blogs titled, Unnoticed? Join the club…it’s a good one! 3. Duplicate Response The final piece of comparison between

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Unnoticed? Join the club–It’s a good one! Part 4

We have been were looking at the second servant in the Parable of the Talents and what we can learn from his curious presence in this unusual story. If your just joining us, catch up on our discussion at… https://healthychurchnet.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/unnoticed-join-the-club-its-a-good-one-part-1-2/ https://healthychurchnet.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/unnoticed-join-the-club-its-a-good-one-part-2/ https://healthychurchnet.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/unnoticed-join-the-club-its-a-good-one-part-3/   Differing Expectations Expectations are the backbone of effort. We want to know

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Unnoticed? Join the club–It’s a good one! Part 3

1. Distinctive Assignment Imagine you’re the master in this story; making plans for your trip and the bags of gold you’ve accumulated. How will you manage such responsibilities? Whom do you trust with what assignments? This isn’t hard to understand, is it? We leave a list of chores for the kids or make assignments to

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