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Like the rest of the Body of Christ, church planters come in a wide variety. It’s difficult to say, “Planters are like this,” or “Planters are like that.” They are individuals, like the rest of us. Yet those men and women who are drawn to the idea of planting their...read more
Small church pastors have some significant advantages in ministry. Here are a few ways to leverage your time and energy to make the most significant impact in your congregations. Set aside relational time. As you likely already know, relationships are essential in any...read more
We want people to grow as disciples and make other disciples, yet we often never get discipleship efforts off the ground. As I’ve looked at hundreds of different discipleship initiatives, I’ve come across five key mistakes to avoid. These are the elements that prevent...read more
Today's entry is by guest blogger Dr. Charles R. Ridley. On Constructive Change Every individual, group, organization, and certainly every church periodically faces the challenge of changing. It has been said that change is the one constant in life. But some change is...read more
I had a curious observation recently as I was reflecting on the idea of extremes. My thoughts went to the two biggest groups that opposed Jesus: The Pharisees and the Sadducees. On the extreme conservative side were the Pharisees with all of their nitpicking and...read more
When someone knows what God wants them to do, sometimes there's still a reluctance to move forward. If you're in a position of trying to help guide people toward change, you'll need to consider the nature of the blockage. What gets in the way? Here are three...read more
In conversation with my colleague and professor of Psychology at Texas A&M, Dr. Charles Ridley, we talked about what really gets in the way of personal discipleship growth and process. There are many types of impasses—blind spots, assumptions, patterns,...read more
Do you want to develop new leaders from within your own ministry? Do you see people who have potential, but you’re not sure how to train them to reach their optimal effectiveness? Do you want an approach to developing leaders that is clear and substantive-- yet at the...read more
How can you be sure you are asking the right questions to get to where you want to go? As you lead your church or ministry, the kinds of questions you’re asking make a big difference in where you’re going and what you do—or don’t do—in order to get there. For...read more
Having clearer vision puts you on the path to success. For sure, having a broad, grand vision is one thing—and an important thing—but translating that vision into more specific goals is another. For example, say your church has a vision for getting more engaged with...read more
Most church leaders have a general sense of budgets just based on household examples, e.g., “We have X amount for rent, Y amount for food, and Z amount for insurance.” As anyone who has run a household knows, setting and sticking to a budget is essential for long-term...read more
How to decide? Often in ministry and in life, we are faced with choices between two—or more—good options, but we don’t have the time, energy or money to do all of them. We have to choose. It’s especially difficult to choose when both options seem quite good. A friend...read more