Church & Culture
5 Guidelines For Using Humor In A Time Of Crisis (Or Not)
If you're not sure, don't post it. You’ll never regret the joke you don’t tell.
5 Guidelines For Using Humor In A Time Of Crisis (Or Not)
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(Photo: Justin humorously explains social distancing, but laughs so hard that he and Manuel forget not to touch their faces.)

Humor is gift from God.

Truly.

The ability to laugh, even (especially?) during a crisis is an important way to find relief and share community.

But knowing ...

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Church & Culture
Quarantined? 17 Ideas To Keep Your Body, Mind And Spirit Strong
This is a serious and difficult time. Quarantines are hard. But we can do more than endure, we can step up and be strong.
Quarantined? 17 Ideas To Keep Your Body, Mind And Spirit Strong
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Over the next few weeks there will be a lot of people quarantined in their homes in an all-out attempt to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

This is cause for concern, but it need not be a cause for fear. Especially if we prepare well for it.

But what exactly can ...

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Christian Unity
No, The New CDC Guidelines Are Not A "Win" For Small Churches
We should all look forward to the day when churches of all sizes are able to gather again.
No, The New CDC Guidelines Are Not A "Win" For Small Churches
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As of today, the CDC has recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more people should be canceled for the next 8 weeks.

Small church win, right?

Wrong.

No one wins in this.

No “I told you so’s”

As a long-time proponent of the value of small churches, you might think ...

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Innovative Ministry
Church Canceled? 6 Ways To Respond – And 5 Ways Not To
The church is always at our best, not when things are going well, but when we respond in a Christ-like manner to a difficult circumstance.
Church Canceled? 6 Ways To Respond – And 5 Ways Not To
Image: Tim Mossholder | Unsplash

Did you just find out that your home church won’t be holding public services this weekend?

If so, you’re not alone.

Your church leaders aren’t panicking. At this point, especially if your church is large, this is a responsible decision.

The current global health ...

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Innovative Ministry
100 Days To A Healthier Church Launches Today!
Here’s an excerpt from my latest book, a practical, principled plan for your church to get one step healthier.
100 Days To A Healthier Church Launches Today!

Today is the day!

You can now buy a copy of my newest book, 100 Days To A Healthier Church!

Here’s an excerpt.

Chapter 2: What Can Be Done in 100 Days?

Turning a church from unhealthy to healthy is a daunting task.

It starts by working smarter, not harder.

Here’s an example.

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Small Church Ministry
How Much Does The Pastor's Personality Affect Church Growth Or Size? (Survey)
Can you take this short survey to help us understand more about small churches and their leaders?
How Much Does The Pastor's Personality Affect Church Growth Or Size? (Survey)
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Most churches in the world are small. As many as 90 percent are under 200, 80 percent under 100.

Is this because the pastors of those churches haven’t mastered church growth? Or could there be other factors at play here?

These are valid questions, but they have surprisingly ...

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Church Leadership
Change Is Exhausting – Don’t Attempt It Without A Way To Recharge
Whenever you’re attempting a big change, it is essential to build intentional time and space for rest.
Change Is Exhausting – Don’t Attempt It Without A Way To Recharge
Image: Aaron Burden | Unsplash

Doing new things is scary. For some.

Doing new things is exciting. For others.

But even if you fall more into the second category than the first (as I do) doing something new is always exhausting.

And it’s more exhausting when you’re attempting to change something you’ve ...

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