Sociological strangulation: the 80% rule

Sociological strangulation: the 80% rule

I’ve been doing more consultations lately, and I’ve realized that something I thought everyone knew from the old church growth days just doesn’t seem to be known anymore. I call it the 80% rule. If your parking is 80% full, or if your worship seats...
A classic resource for small groups leaders

A classic resource for small groups leaders

An oldie but a goodie, Carl George’s Nine Keys to Effective Small Group Leadership is still one of the very best resources out there for small group leaders. Check out a preview of his nine keys below… then buy copies of the book for each of your leaders....
Non-monetary rewards and sanctions

Non-monetary rewards and sanctions

Today’s entry is from guest blogger Dr. Steven Goodwin. People are motivated by much more than money. This means that granting an employee a salary increase is not the only means to encourage positive work behavior. Researchers Richard King and Judith Mathers of the...
Plant the seeds – don’t dig them up

Plant the seeds – don’t dig them up

Have you ever watched kids learning to garden? They plant something, then are so eager to have it grow that they keep digging it up to see if it’s growing. Sometimes we’re like that in our endeavors. If we’ve sown the seed and done what we needed to do, now it’s time...
Using the prophetic gift well in leadership

Using the prophetic gift well in leadership

Of all the gifts, the prophetic gift is one that is often misunderstood and misused… like God or a prophet hammering down in an uncaring angry way. But that’s not how the gift is supposed to operate. How do you deal with the prophetic gift if you have it...