Church Leadership
8 Ways To Manage Minor Church Leadership Issues Before They Become Big Problems
Many of the issues we think are staff/volunteer problems are actually pastoral leadership problems.

My pastor is so hard to please!

I’ve had a lot of conversations with church staff members and volunteers. Their most commonly repeated frustration usually goes like this:

“Nothing makes my pastor happy! Last week we had the best youth night ever. The kids worshiped ...

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Church Leadership
Lead A Big Church? Or Be A Pastor? Sometimes You Can’t Have It All
Whether you’re called to lead a church with entrepreneurial church growth methods or hands-on pastoring, lean into it with all you’ve got.
Lead A Big Church? Or Be A Pastor? Sometimes You Can’t Have It All
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No one can truly pastor 1,000 people. Or 500.

Even 200 is stretching yourself too thin. That’s why the so-called 200 barrier is such a challenge.

So, if you want to lead a large church, at some point you’ll have to give up most of what it means to be a pastor. Maybe ...

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Small Church Ministry
Coming In 2018, “Small Church Essentials” Is Just Around The Corner
An all-new book, featuring a nuts-and-bolts approach to pastoring a small church well.
Coming In 2018, “Small Church Essentials” Is Just Around The Corner
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It's coming!

Yesterday, I sent the manuscript for my next book into the publisher.

After decades of living it, years of teaching it, and months of writing it, “Small Church Essentials” is in the capable hands of the great editors at Moody Press.

Here are some details.

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Is Online Church Real Church?
It's real, but it's not enough. A full church experience requires flesh-and-blood people to share physical space together.
Is Online Church Real Church?
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The church needs to be more digital. For small churches especially, the digital world can level the playing field, giving us a broader reach and wider ministry impact.

As I wrote in The Gatekeepers are Gone: What’s Holding Your Ministry Back?, we need more churches taking ...

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Small Church Ministry
Is A Successful Small Church An Oxymoron?
If we hope to overcome the perception that “successful small church” is an oxymoron, we have to redefine success the way Jesus did.
Is A Successful Small Church An Oxymoron?
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Is the term “Successful Small Church” an oxymoron?

You know, like

  • Jumbo shrimp
  • Deafening silence
  • Awfully good
  • Genuine imitation
  • Icy hot
  • Open secret
  • Living dead
  • Clean dirt
  • Alone together

Or, more sarcastically,

  • Microsoft Works
  • Smart bombs
  • Educational television

When I first considered ...

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Innovative Ministry
6 Ways To Leverage Your Church's Limited Resources For Greater Ministry Impact
Every church needs a plan that helps decide which needs they’ll respond to and which ones they won’t. This isn’t easy, but it’s important.
6 Ways To Leverage Your Church's Limited Resources For Greater Ministry Impact
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Small churches can’t do everything. But we can do a lot more than we may think.

The challenge is to use our limited resources in the best possible way, for maximum ministry impact.

Over the years, our small church has learned a few principles that help us do just that.

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Church Leadership
Yes, Pastor, You Can Deliver A Weekly Sermon That's Better Than A TED Talk
We don’t need another celebrity speaker to dazzle us. We need a humble shepherd who’s willing to be vulnerable.
Yes, Pastor, You Can Deliver A Weekly Sermon That's Better Than A TED Talk
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Pastors face a lot of pressure to perform. Some of it, admittedly, is self-imposed.

One of the main places this pressure is felt is in the demand to research, write and deliver a great sermon every week.

In fact, several times in the last few months, I’ve read blog posts ...

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