Saturday, December 4, 2021

Don’t Overlook Your Staff During the Holidays

As churches prepare to lead Christmas programming, organizations finalize end-of-year giving initiatives, and schools wrap up the semester, it’s easy for both leaders and...

3 Ways to Defeat Leadership Discouragement

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Discouragement comes with the territory for ministry leaders. Unmet goals, putting out fires, staff issues, displeasing people, and general tiredness all contribute to discouragement....

The Quarter-time Church Member: Five Observations

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The Quarter-Time Church Member: Five Observations If your church is typical, over one-half of your members attend one out of four weeks or less. I am...

5 Secrets to Personal Branding

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n my book How People Become Famous, I analyze the recipes for success of twelve personalities – the “Geniuses of Self-Marketing” – from Albert Einstein, Arnold...

The Cure for the Common Sermon

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“Now when they heard the preaching of Peter and John, they were marveling and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”  (A...

5 Shifts Every Leader Needs to Figure Out to Lead Into the Future

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What got you here won’t get you there. As much as you know that’s true, especially as you think about the new reality ahead, there’s...

14 Questions Pastors Should Avoid If They Fear Vulnerability

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Some time back I read an incredible book – Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by...

Seven Changes Pastors Plan to Make In 2022

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We have heard from pastors more about changes they plan to make than any previous years we can recall. And the changes are good, if...

Thanksgiving In the Wilderness

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We know the call to “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2), and the past couple of...

Going Long and Finishing Strong with Friends by Pat Butcher

Early in ministry, I did not have people I could reach out to with an open heart. I tried to handle everything alone. Thank...
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5 Leadership Books to Read In December 2021

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Ihope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a fantastic day remembering what they’re thankful for. Remember, we have a lot to be grateful for even...

The Brutal Privilege of Pastoring Today

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Brutal privilege. That is the phrase used by Brian Lowe, lead pastor of Exodus Church in Belmont, North Carolina, as he announced he will be...

Break the Slump: How to Leverage Your 2021 Christmas Services to Reach More People

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Like many church leaders, you’ve probably been working twice as hard and seeing half the results you’d wanted. That’s a recipe for disappointment, not...