March 2019

Church & Culture
When Jesus Got Angry
In a world in which anger is overused, being slow to anger may make a stronger statement than all our yelling ever could.

Almost every time I write or speak about the gentleness of Jesus, someone is quick to remind me that Jesus also got angry.

“Jesus wasn’t always meek and mild”, they’re quick to point out. “He called the Pharisees white-washed tombs!” “He ...

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Church Leadership
The #1 Productivity Killer In Your Life – And Why It Will Always Win
Instead of worrying that the urgency of life will ruin our productivity, we need to be careful not to let the urgency of productivity ruin our life.

There’s been a lot written about productivity lately.

And I’m grateful for it.

Whenever I can, I want to minimize distractions, get right to the task at hand and arrive at the end of the day feeling like I did what I set out to do – maybe even more. If an efficiency ...

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Christian Unity
11 Significant Differences Between 1 Church Of 1,000 And 10 Churches Of 100
The church has always been blessed by our differences.

Churches of all sizes have something to offer.

I know, I say that a lot.

I’ve even been told I need to be less accommodating to big churches. But it’s not an accommodation, it’s a reality.

Bigger churches do great things that small churches can’t do, and ...

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Christian Unity
We Do Small Church A Lot, Why Aren’t We Doing It Better?
What would happen to small churches if we changed the way we talk about them?

By far, the most prevalent expression of the church throughout history is the small congregation.

More people have worshipped Jesus, been discipled, and reached out to others through the ministry of small churches than through any other tradition, method, format or denomination. ...

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Church Leadership
The Most Successful Pastor You’ve Never Heard Of
No matter what you think success in ministry looks like, this pastor is the real deal.

There are some pastors whose names are known by thousands, even millions of people.

They have the type of ministry in which their successes are obvious.

But that’s not the case with most pastors.

The typical pastor does ministry without much notice or name recognition.

Today ...

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Church & Culture
4 Questions To Consider Before Commenting On A Controversial Subject
If I can cut through the clutter, I’ll speak up. If I’m just adding to it, I’ll stay quiet.

Everybody has an opinion.

And everyone is entitled to one.

But not every opinion is of equal value. Including mine.

With the advent of social media, we can state our opinion on platforms that can potentially be seen by thousands of people. Because of this, our opinion feels like ...

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Church Growth
6 Takeaways From “The Church Growth Gap” LifeWay Research Survey
We seldom see the value of smaller congregations, even when the facts show them to us.

Last week, Aaron Earls wrote a very helpful article entitled The Church Growth Gap: The Big Get Bigger While the Small Get Smaller. In it, he outlined the results of a recent survey taken by LifeWay Research.

There’s a lot of data in the survey and the article, much of ...

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Church Leadership
Put People First: Why Many Small Church Pastors Can Spend Less Time On Sermon Prep
The smaller the church, the more discipleship is caught through relationships than it's taught through preaching.

As pastors, we typically spend our time in three overlapping areas of ministry: communication, administration and relationships.

But our time is always limited, so on those weeks when time gets tighter, which of the three should we spend extra time on, and which of the three ...

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Christian Unity
Small Churches Are Stuck (But Not The Way You Think)
Churches on either end of the size spectrum are usually seen as fulfilling their calling. But those in the middle? Not so much.

If you are leading a healthy and effective house church, you may face some criticism for not getting bigger. But most people will start with the assumption that your size is appropriate for your calling.

If you are leading a healthy and effective big church, you may face some ...

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Church & Culture
A Question Of Character: Getting Unstuck Is Not The Church’s Biggest Problem
It’s getting harder to blame small or stuck congregations for what’s wrong with the church.

There is a crisis in the church.

People are leaving.

And we want them to come back.

But before we ask how to get them back, we need to ask why they’re leaving in the first place.

It’s not because our churches aren’t big enough, cool enough, relevant enough, or ...

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Christian Unity
The Biggest Difference Between Churches That Are Raising Young Leaders And Those That Aren't
We cannot simultaneously mourn the absence of young church leaders while belittling the way they lead.

There seems to be an absence of young people stepping up to take leadership roles in the church.

I say “seems to be…” because that’s what I keep hearing from so many of my contemporaries in ministry.

“It’s hard to find younger leaders!” ...

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