You’re not a church….yet (part 1 of 2)

You’re not a church….yet (part 1 of 2)

Posted on 15. Feb, 2011 by .

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What do you call yourself before you have your public launch? There’s a temptation to use the word “church” too soon. The problem with the word “church” is that it carries with it expectations that you can’t meet. When people think of a church, they think of things like: worship music/leader full band nursery kid’s […]

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Graphic Design Resources

Graphic Design Resources

Posted on 14. Feb, 2011 by .

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So you don’t have a graphic designer… no problem.  There’s a ton of free stuff out there that you can take advantage of if you know where to look.  Check out these sites for free images for sermon series, bulletins, and websites. Creation Swap: most of the materials on this site are free.  Church creatives […]

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Book Review: When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Part 2 of 2)

Book Review: When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on 11. Feb, 2011 by .

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Since ministry is the most important task with eternal consequences, church leaders should make every effort to be the best leaders in the world. Every ministry leader ought to take advantage of the leadership wisdom learned and passed on from others. The stakes are too high to not be a good leader. Most of the […]

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Book Review: When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Part 1 of 2)

Book Review: When Leadership and Discipleship Collide (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on 10. Feb, 2011 by .

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Spent and hour this morning reading Bill Hybels’ short book When Leadership and Discipleship Collide.  Hybles, who is a leadership guru, shares his reflections on one of Jesus’ leadership decisions.  He noticed that although Jesus normally followed sound leadership principles, there were several times that he deliberately broke from them.  When he did it was […]

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Church Planting: Puritans or Separatists II

Church Planting: Puritans or Separatists II

Posted on 08. Feb, 2011 by .

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If you’re struggling as a church planter, perhaps God wasn’t calling you to church planting, but rather church revitalizing. Instead of church planting you might really enjoy the challenge of finding a struggling established church and leading it through a revitalization project. Church revitalizing is just as big of a need in America right now […]

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Church Planting: Puritans or Seperatist

Church Planting: Puritans or Seperatist

Posted on 07. Feb, 2011 by .

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Puritans and Separatists: If you look back at church history, both had a holy discontent concerning the current state of the church. Perhaps you felt the same way concerning the church you grew up in or recently served at on staff. You couldn’t help but see the disconnect between the New Testament Church and where […]

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The Big Advantage of Being Small

The Big Advantage of Being Small

Posted on 03. Feb, 2011 by .

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This past summer I was driving to a friend’s church plant with my family.  On the way we passed a large denominational church that looked like it had all the amenities. It was less than a mile from the school where the church plant was located.  My wife said, “How are they ever going to […]

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Is Strategy Unspiritual?

Is Strategy Unspiritual?

Posted on 02. Feb, 2011 by .

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Have you ever listened to a church planter explain why it is that their church plant went from a home group to reaching 1,000 people in less than 5 years? They are all quick to give God credit for what’s happened in their church. What stands out in their mind are the miraculous ways that […]

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Getting Voted Out

Getting Voted Out

Posted on 01. Feb, 2011 by .

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This past fall I watched as Jimmy Johnson voted off survivor.  Here’s a guy who has led teams at every level to be successful.  He was clearly the best leader and strategist of the group, yet he was the second person voted out of his tribe. In order for a tribe, community, or church to […]

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Outreach Effectiveness

Outreach Effectiveness

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by .

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I’ve seen several studies on why people ended up attending the church they are at and the clear #1 on the list is always personal invitation. This beats out every form of advertising and special events combined every time the survey is done. The surveys always find that 75%-95% of the people coming to your […]

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