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Next board meeting, ask a good question

Next board meeting, ask a good question

I write frequently about the power of listening and asking good questions, especially among  ministry leaders. Let’s take a look at one of the more challenging contexts for practicing this skill: the board meeting. Often board meetings consist of each person spouting...

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How do we actually make disciples?

How do we actually make disciples?

We all know we're supposed to make disciples. And yet if we're honest, how well is that really happening? Too often the focus seems on having people become active church participants: attending activities, volunteering, giving, etc. One of the challenges in making...

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Developing loyalty in your staff

Developing loyalty in your staff

I was coaching a senior organizational leader recently who was working through the challenges of developing quality staff. I asked this question: “To what degree could a more pastoral approach impact your staff development?” Sometimes leaders believe they need to...

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Introducing change

Introducing change

Today's entry is from guest blogger Dr. Steven Goodwin. A woman came home from a swap meet with a crocheted wall hanging that read “Prayer changes things.” Proud of her new acquisition, she asked her husband for his opinion. “I don’t like it,” he said without missing...

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Contextualizing ministry for small towns

Contextualizing ministry for small towns

By guest blogger Luke Geraty, pastor of Trinity Christian Fellowship in Stanley, Wisconsin. The longer I’ve been following Jesus, the more I see that he has the same heart for small towns that he has for big cities. The primary reason is that there are people here...

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Ministry longevity in small towns

Ministry longevity in small towns

  By guest blogger Luke Geraty, pastor of Trinity Christian Fellowship in Stanley, Wisconsin. I’ve been pastoring a church in the small town of Stanley, WI for almost 8 years now. I’m not the type of pastor you’d expect to find in small town Wisconsin. I’m 35,...

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