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Reaching consensus: Affinity exercise

After engaging in listening prayer, identifying core behaviors, and sorting them into categories, it’s time for your team to begin reaching consensus on what your core values are. I find the affinity exercise helpful for this purpose. It allows all people to have an...

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Identifying core behaviors

To help facilitate the identification of core values, it can be helpful to start with behaviors and then work backwards. This process results in actual values rather than desired values. Actual values are those lived out in behaviors, while desired values are those...

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Listening prayer: Asking God questions

Determining core values needs to be a Spirit-led process. Although we borrow strategies and exercises from the secular world or businesses, we must never forget that we are part of the Kingdom of God. As such, God is leading, not us. We need to listen with an open...

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Time management for church planters

Note: This blog entry is excerpted and adapted from my upcoming book, tentatively titled The Church Planting Journey. We'll be posting excerpts about once a month here and we'd love to hear feedback from you. We hope you are getting as excited about it as we are! And...

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The seven actions of a church planter

When we talk about the church planting process, we often think about the various developmental stages: getting the core team gathered, starting groups, launching a worship service, etc. But there are certain core behavioral activities that all church planters need to...

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New edition of the Coaching 101 Handbook

As I look back on the 15 years since the Coaching 101 Handbook was first published, the main attribute I am struck by is its durability. The work Gary Reinecke and I did on the international qualitative research project to determine coaching competencies, micro-skills...

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The worship bear

  A while back I was on a trip to the east coast to a church in Rhode Island and saw what looked to me like a great outreach idea. In the center of each pew, someone had placed a “worship bear.”  During the service they announced that if you knew of someone who...

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