Innovative Ministry

Innovative Ministry
Ramps vs. Signs: Saying 'Yes' to Unexpected Ministry Opportunities
Churches on offense don't have to be offensive. We can meet people where they are while staying true to our message.
Ramps vs. Signs: Saying 'Yes' to Unexpected Ministry Opportunities
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What are we afraid of?

So many churches and pastors act in fear and stay on defense when we should be acting in love and staying on offense.

I’m not saying that we need to be offensive. Quite the opposite.

A church on offense – a church that is aggressively offering ...

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The Church Needs More Creative Christians – And Better Critics
Every creative Christian has been criticized. We remember the creatives. We’ve forgotten the critics.
The Church Needs More Creative Christians – And Better Critics
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Some people love to put others down.

The church is full of them.

For instance, here are some titles of recent online posts:

  • ‘10 Serious Problems with (name of new Christian book)’
  • ‘The Problem with (preachers name)’
  • 'Christians Should Stop Reading (name of Christian blogger)’
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5 Reasons to Stop Making Your Sermon Notes Rhyme
Instead of playing linguistic games, we need to produce better content. In a format that matches the way people listen, talk and live.
5 Reasons to Stop Making Your Sermon Notes Rhyme
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If I could only give one piece of advice to seasoned pastors to help make our Sunday messages more effective for how people live and listen today, it would be this.

Stop making your sermon notes rhyme.

(If you want more than one idea, check out Why You Need to Change How You Preach ...

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Transition Without Relocation: 8 Steps to Stay Fresh In a Long-Term Pastorate
A pastor who stops learning, stops leading. And a pastor who stops leading, stops pastoring. Even if they stay on the job.
Transition Without Relocation: 8 Steps to Stay Fresh In a Long-Term Pastorate
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Only Jesus can make a church great. But he allows us to participate in that process.

Behind every great church, large or small, is at least one pastor who stayed long enough to outlast the bad times and build on the good times.

It is the most common thread for great churches. ...

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Hoverboards In Church? 22 Differences Between Gimmicks and Innovations
Gimmicks are like candy. They're fun for a moment. But you can't build a steady diet – or a strong church – on them.
Hoverboards In Church? 22 Differences Between Gimmicks and Innovations

Is it okay for a priest to use a hoverboard in church? The Catholic church says ‘no’.

This week an unnamed priest in the Philippines was suspended for using a hoverboard to greet congregants at the end of Christmas Mass after a video of him doing so went viral. ...

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Turning Your Small Church's Limitations Into an Innovative Advantage
Small churches need to be innovative because we don't have the resources to be normal.
Turning Your Small Church's Limitations Into an Innovative Advantage
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Why bother?

Small churches almost never have enough money, people or facilities to be innovative, right?

That’s precisely the reason we must be innovative.

Some of the world’s greatest ideas, products and revolutions came about, not because someone had unlimited ...

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Churches Can Handle Change, But They Don't Like Surprise
Introducing big changes is much easier if we give church leaders and members the time to process them.
Churches Can Handle Change, But They Don't Like Surprise
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Churches can handle change.

If you’ve tried and failed to change things at your church, that may not feel true, but it is.

The problem in many churches isn't that they can't handle change. It's that they don't like being surprised by changes. And ...

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Thank God for Quirky Churches
Boring churches won’t change the world. But the quirky ones might.
Thank God for Quirky Churches
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I like quirky churches.

And I’m pretty sure God does, too.

Just take a look at the astonishing variety of churches in the New Testament. Not to mention the churches and church leaders he’s used in the last 2,000 years.

Some churches stay small because they’re ...

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Bigger Fixes Nothing (7 Unexpected Steps Toward Church Health)
What two reality TV shows taught me about bringing innovation, health, and joy to broken churches and pastors.
Bigger Fixes Nothing (7 Unexpected Steps Toward Church Health)
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Being small does not mean that something is broken. But if something is broken, you can’t fix it by making it bigger.

Those principles were reinforced for me recently in a surprisingly unlikely place. Reality TV.

On their TV shows, Kitchen Nightmares and Restaurant: Impossible, ...

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The Gatekeepers are Gone: What’s Holding Your Ministry Back?
The era of needing approval to produce and distribute great ministry content is over. We just need to do it.
The Gatekeepers are Gone: What’s Holding Your Ministry Back?
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The gatekeepers are gone.

Just a couple decades ago, if you wanted to get your message to a massive audience, you had to work your way up a very hard, long ladder.

And every step on that ladder had a media gatekeeper who could stop your progress.

Publishers said “no” ...

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