Church Leadership
What Are You Improving At Your Church Right Now?
The mission of the church is too important for any congregation to settle for business as usual.

What would you say if someone asked you the question in the title of this post?

“What are you improving at your church right now?”

Would you know what to say? It’s an important question.

In fact, if you can't answer that question with at least one specific ...

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Innovative Ministry
Want An Effective Ministry? Consider Becoming A Zagger
You and your church can have a big impact and great effectiveness by meeting a small, overlooked area of need.
Want An Effective Ministry? Consider Becoming A Zagger
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"When they zig, you zag."

I don't know who said it first, but a lot of people have said it since.

I'm a zagger.

I’ve tried to be a zigger. To go with the flow, not against it. To pick the low-hanging fruit.

But, time after time, without intending to, I find ...

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Thom Rainer and Lawrence Wilson Interview Karl Vaters About Small Churches
These two interviews (one podcast, one written) might give you a new perspective on small church ministry.
Thom Rainer and Lawrence Wilson Interview Karl Vaters About Small Churches
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Small churches are becoming big news!

Recently, I had the chance to be interviewed about small churches by two great ministries.

Both interviews were published this week. One in a podcast, the other in a written article.

1. The Thom Rainer Leadership Podcast #338

First, I was honored ...

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Innovative Ministry
If You're Going To Do Church That Way, Do It Well
Churches don’t become great by adding more programs. They get better at the ones they already have.
If You're Going To Do Church That Way, Do It Well
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There are so many ways to do church.

As long as you’re honoring the Bible, worshiping Jesus and loving people, no method or structure is wrong.

But any method or structure can be done wrong.

Thankfully, it can also be done right.

Whatever program, asset or resource you think ...

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Church Growth
The Top 3 Reasons Church Growth Ideas Usually Fail In Smaller Churches
We're often told that small churches are failing at church growth. But sometimes church growth ideas are failing in smaller churches.
The Top 3 Reasons Church Growth Ideas Usually Fail In Smaller Churches
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I love church growth.

I also love the Church Growth Movement. It’s brought some wonderful benefits to the church in the last 40 to 50 years. A renewed emphasis on outreach, accurate assessment tools, and an openness to try new methods are just a few of the positives.

But ...

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Christian Unity
Confessions Of A Social Media Lurker: 3 Guidelines For Commenting Constructively Online
I don't want to just participate in conversations – whether they're online or in real life. I want to elevate them. And be elevated by them.
Confessions Of A Social Media Lurker: 3 Guidelines For Commenting Constructively Online
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I spend a fair amount of time on social media. But there are a lot of people who don't even know I'm in a group with them because, while I monitor a lot of conversations, I seldom participate.

I hang out, I follow the conversation, I learn whatever can be gained, but ...

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Church Growth
What If We Made Disciples And Left Church Growth To God?
If we prioritized health, not as a means to growth, but as an end in itself, would we be in a greater position to represent Jesus to the world?
What If We Made Disciples And Left Church Growth To God?
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Imagine all the time, money and resources that have gone into church growth in the last generation.

Is it naïve to wonder what the world and the church would look like today if all that effort had been invested exclusively in church health instead?

Is it possible that if ...

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