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Is your church invisible?

Is your church invisible?

How many times have you pointed your congregation to Acts 2:42-47 as an example of what the church should be? A community of generous sharing and fellowship, devoted to the Apostle’s teaching. Yet there’s one part we often forget—and I’d argue it’s an important one. ...

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Knowing how to help

Knowing how to help

You are a Christian leader, people come to you for help. That’s part of the role--and rightly so. But how do you manage it? Sometimes there’s too much to do and the needs are overwhelming. Other times, the type of help being asked for can push you adrift from your...

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The power of belonging 

The power of belonging 

People have a strong drive to feel included and respected. It is a basic human need for community and belonging built into all people—in families, in smaller groups, in large crowds. Even at a rock concert, people feel a strong drive to be a part of something bigger...

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The Unfairness of Ministry 

The Unfairness of Ministry 

Much of ministry can feel unfair. People who don't understand the weight of ministry put unfair expectations on you, don't respect your time as your own, feel the right to speak into how you raise your kids. In the midst of difficult ministry seasons, it's tempting to...

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3 Kinds of Calling

3 Kinds of Calling

If you’re a Christian leader, you’ve probably found one of the most common questions people come to you with—especially younger people—is that of calling. What is my calling? What is God’s will for my life? How can I tell what God wants me specifically to do?  These...

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Why conflict isn’t all bad

Why conflict isn’t all bad

Sometimes you get tired of conflicts. People come to you with conflicts regularly, wanting you to take sides and resolve them. Sometimes they have conflicts with you. You’re tired, it hurts, people keep coming at you. Why do they never seem to be coming at you with...

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5 kinds of leadership transitions 

5 kinds of leadership transitions 

Leadership transitions can happen for a wide variety of reasons. In some cases, they are expected and a long time in coming. In other cases, they are sudden. But in all cases, transitions in leadership are difficult and need to be engaged with intentionality. Here are...

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Before the Pastor Search Begins…

Before the Pastor Search Begins…

When churches find themselves in need of a new senior pastor the impulse is usually to hurry the search and fill the pulpit. After all, there’s a lot of work that needs doing. And the congregation is feeling unsettled and wondering aloud, “How much longer until we get...

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A Natural Flow for Outreach

A Natural Flow for Outreach

A key ingredient in your mission for your church is outreach. You share the gospel to save souls and because it is what Jesus asked you to do in the Great Commission. But these days, outreach is getting harder. What worked in the past is no longer effective. Within...

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Experiencing God for… Skeptics? 

Experiencing God for… Skeptics? 

Is there room for skeptics in your congregation? Thomas (the disciple) gets a bad rap to this day and to be called a “Doubting Thomas” is considered an insult. Yet if you look at it from a learning styles standpoint, you will recognize that a great deal of the world...

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