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Getting through it all with gratitude

Getting through it all with gratitude

Balancing the highs and lows of life and ministry is a difficult part of your job. As a pastor, there are many days when you are celebrating victories and milestones one hour and the next you are sitting with someone as they say goodbye to a loved one. Maintaining...

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Who is in your corner during transitions? 

Who is in your corner during transitions? 

There’s no denying that transitions are uncomfortable. It’s an in-between time when things feel out of control and are often chaotic. Nerves are often fried, tensions are high, you may even feel lost. It is possible to navigate transitions well and the biggest tip is...

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A New Kind of Senior Pastor

A New Kind of Senior Pastor

The church down the street that once had a vibrant ministry is being torn down to build condos. It’s not uncommon these days. Like so many countries before us, the US is rapidly moving toward a Post-Christian Era. What worked before won’t work in the future. A growing...

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Who does the work of the church?

Who does the work of the church?

In so many Protestant churches today, the expectation is for the work of the ministry to be done by the clergy. The church staff is expected to interpret scriptures, intercede on behalf of the congregation, serve widows and orphans, disciple adults and children alike,...

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How to Link Values to Vision and Mission

How to Link Values to Vision and Mission

People agree with your vision and mission in word but getting them to participate, well, that isn’t as easy. Where you spend your time is the embodiment of what is important to you—what you value. Identifying embodied values in yourself and those of your community is...

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Discerning the Holy Spirit 101

Discerning the Holy Spirit 101

There is something missing. There has to be. Because everything is in place—a strong sermon series, small groups, discipleship and leadership development pathways—but it all lacks… something.  You know something is missing because its all just stuck. There is no...

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4 Steps to Grow Active Participation

4 Steps to Grow Active Participation

Before walking in your door, people have researched you online, they know the face of your staff members, and they have watched the Sunday service at least once. The website may get them in the door but even with online information and registrations your website is...

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Six Steps to Make and Multiply Disciples

Six Steps to Make and Multiply Disciples

What is your mission statement? It may be worded differently or expressed differently or put forth with a unique emphasis, but the basic mission of any Christian church is always the same: to make disciples. After all, that’s what Jesus left us to do:  Then Jesus came...

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How to stretch your ministry

How to stretch your ministry

When you have put an initiative in place, allowed the foundation to set, and put the wheels in motion with others on board to continue moving forward, that usually means it’s time to listen to God and discern what next “one thing” he has for you. That requires...

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Start your ministry with confidence

Start your ministry with confidence

You know where you want to go but the possible roads to get there are innumerable. Where is the best place to start? Philosophy, strategy, targeted marketing, quality programming, numerical goals and benchmarks. All of those are beneficial… but they aren’t the...

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Recovering from Vision Drift

Recovering from Vision Drift

It happens despite your best efforts and no one is immune: Vision Drift. If you spend any length of time in real-life ministry, you’ll understand the tyranny of the urgent, the fires that do need to be put out, and how easy it is to get sidetracked when there are so...

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