Innovative Ministry

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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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Why The Church Needs Artists More than Managers Right Now
It's time to be daring. To put art, creativity, passion and beauty front-and-center in the church again.
Why The Church Needs Artists More than Managers Right Now
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I wish there were more artists in the church.

No, not painters and sculptors. Actually, yes, those too.

Mostly I wish there were more church leaders who saw the art in their ministry.

Church leaders who put the same kind of passion and creativity into their calling ...

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Read These First – The Essentials,  Innovative Ministry
Bringing Innovative Strategies to an Established Small Church
Three starter principles to help an existing church move from stuck and dying to healthy and innovative.
Bringing Innovative Strategies to an Established Small Church

Why bother trying to resurrect an old, dying church?

I’ve heard that question a lot.

There was a time when it seemed like every pastor I went to Bible college with was following church growth principles and starting new churches. In a few years they were buying ...

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Start in the Shallow End: How to Make Changes Without Sinking Your Church
How to make those first much-needed changes as pain-free as possible.
Start in the Shallow End: How to Make Changes Without Sinking Your Church

Change is hard.

Don’t make it harder than it has to be.

If I could only give one piece of advice to pastors who are struggling to turn a dying, unhealthy, static church into a fresh, healthy, innovative one, this would be it:

Do the easy parts first.

It’s ...

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Read These First – The Essentials,  Innovative Ministry
Adapt Or Die: 6 Steps to Becoming an Innovative Church
How to foster an atmosphere where new ideas are celebrated and the gospel is honored.
Adapt Or Die: 6 Steps to Becoming an Innovative Church

Adapt or die.

That's especially true in small churches.

The good news is, because of our size, small churches have the ability to adapt more quickly than our larger counterparts. Like steering a speedboat instead of an ocean liner.

Sadly though, that’s not ...

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Read These First – The Essentials,  Innovative Ministry
How to Tell If a Small Church Is Strategic or Stuck
5 types of strategically small churches, and 4 types of stuck churches. Which one are you?
How to Tell If a Small Church Is Strategic or Stuck

Just because a church is small doesn’t mean it is stuck.

But the truth is, many small churches are stuck.

If small churches want to keep being vital elements in Jesus' Great Commission strategy, we need to be able to tell the difference between a strategic small church ...

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Read These First – The Essentials,  Innovative Ministry
3 Starter Principles for Becoming an Innovative Small Church
The change in my church needs to start with Jesus changing me
3 Starter Principles for Becoming an Innovative Small Church

Innovative small church?

Do those three words belong in the same sentence? Can innovation happen in a small church? Is it even possible in an older small church?

Turning a tired, dying congregation into a fresh, innovative church is one of the greatest challenges a pastor can ...

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