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5 Massive Changes Coming to Your Church (If They’re Not Here Already)
The good news of Jesus never changes. But the way people receive that news is changing. Fast.
5 Massive Changes Coming to Your Church (If They’re Not Here Already)
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Have you ever wondered why virtually every church leader is constantly writing and speaking about change? Including me?

Because we live in the fastest-changing culture ever. Change is not just an ocassional reality. It’s the water we’re swimming in.

For instance, every ...

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Culturally Relevant or Contextually Real, Part 2: More than Semantics?
When a term becomes so misunderstood that it loses its value, it needs rewording. We may be there with cultural relevance.
Culturally Relevant or Contextually Real, Part 2: More than Semantics?
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Sometimes you write something and you know people don't care much about it, because nobody responds. Other times you write something and you know people don’t care because they tell you they don't care. Vigorously.

Last week’s post on the difference between ...

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Why We Need Churches of All Types – And All Sizes
It's important to learn from other churches without becoming a cookie-cutter copy of them.
Why We Need Churches of All Types – And All Sizes
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The church I pastor isn’t like your church. If it was, one of them would be unnecessary.

Our church probably shares many traits with yours. Starting with core biblical theology, I hope. But we are uniquely us. And you should be uniquely you.

Here’s a short metaphor ...

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27 Benefits of Putting an Expiration Date On New Ministries In Your Church
Here's a great way open your church up to innovative new ideas by minimizing the risk – or at least the sting – of failure.
27 Benefits of Putting an Expiration Date On New Ministries In Your Church
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Fear of failure kills the innovative spirit. It's one of the main reasons many churches don't try new things.

But failure is a part of life. And ministry. It's especially a part of doing innovative ministry, because we can’t know if something will fail ...

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How to De-Clutter Your Church for More Effective Ministry
The healthiest churches are relentless about being effective, not just busy. They do this by following the Closet Rule.
How to De-Clutter Your Church for More Effective Ministry
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It’s not easy to create a culture of renewal, change and adaptability in an existing small church.

But it is essential.

There needs to be a renewal process in place or the changes will be random, unsettling and ultimately, unsuccessful. We'll end up work harder ...

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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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