January 2017

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Ever have a sense at first glance that a large church is built more on the personality of the pastor rather than Jesus? In the past, I tended to become judgmental and assume the worst. That demonstrated a lack of faith in what God might be doing through that leader. And it failed to acknowledge that ultimately God is building His church. That said, I do think there are some healthy boundaries for all of us to consider when it comes to the gifts and personalities that God has put into us.
Ever have a sense at first glance that a large church is built more on the personality of the pastor rather than Jesus? In the past, I tended to become judgmental and assume the worst. That demonstrated a lack of faith in what God might be doing through that leader. And it failed to acknowledge that ultimately God is building His church. That said, I do think there are some healthy boundaries for all of us to consider when it comes to the gifts and personalities that God has put into us.
31 Jan 2017

When Big Personalities Lead Big Churches

Ever have a sense at first glance that a large church is built more on the personality of the pastor…

Are your Senior Leadership Team meetings focused on the right things? They should always focus on three key things, and one of them in much greater proportion than the others. In this short video, Mark Morgan and I discuss how to use a practical framework to maximize the effectiveness of your SLT meetings, as well as a simple test to honestly evaluate how you're doing in this area.
Are your Senior Leadership Team meetings focused on the right things? They should always focus on three key things, and one of them in much greater proportion than the others. In this short video, Mark Morgan and I discuss how to use a practical framework to maximize the effectiveness of your SLT meetings, as well as a simple test to honestly evaluate how you're doing in this area.
30 Jan 2017

Senior Leadership Teams: A Simple Framework to Maximize Your Meetings

Are your Senior Leadership Team meetings focused on the right things? They should always focus on three key things, and…

Every kids ministry needs a team of champions. We believe that there are two major influences in the life of every kid in your ministry—their small group leader (an adult that consistently shows up every week for the same group of kids) and their parents. And if you want parents and small group leaders to invest in kids every week, you need a team that invests in them every week.
Every kids ministry needs a team of champions. We believe that there are two major influences in the life of every kid in your ministry—their small group leader (an adult that consistently shows up every week for the same group of kids) and their parents. And if you want parents and small group leaders to invest in kids every week, you need a team that invests in them every week.
27 Jan 2017

Team of Champions: The Two People Every Kids Ministry Needs

Every kids ministry needs a team of champions. We believe that there are two major influences in the life of…

Churches often get stuck when they don't understand how to effectively move through the strategic planning process. In this episode of the Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk to Ryan Stigile, of The Unstuck Group, and Shayne O'Brien, Lead Pastor of RockPointe Church in Leander, Texas about how to avoid some of the common mistakes churches make in their planning process.
Churches often get stuck when they don't understand how to effectively move through the strategic planning process. In this episode of the Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk to Ryan Stigile, of The Unstuck Group, and Shayne O'Brien, Lead Pastor of RockPointe Church in Leander, Texas about how to avoid some of the common mistakes churches make in their planning process.
25 Jan 2017

The Leadership Unstuck Podcast: How to Fix Your Church’s Planning Problems

Churches often get stuck when they don’t understand how to effectively move through the strategic planning process. In this episode…

Monday I had some fun hanging out with my friends Carey Nieuwhof, as well as Paul Alexander and Gabe Kolstad from The Unstuck Group's consultant team, for a webinar about one of my favorite topics: leading change. We specifically dug into three big church changes that more than 600 pastors told us were the most important ones they wanted to lead in 2017. If you missed out, catch the replay here.
Monday I had some fun hanging out with my friends Carey Nieuwhof, as well as Paul Alexander and Gabe Kolstad from The Unstuck Group's consultant team, for a webinar about one of my favorite topics: leading change. We specifically dug into three big church changes that more than 600 pastors told us were the most important ones they wanted to lead in 2017. If you missed out, catch the replay here.
24 Jan 2017

[webinar replay] Leading Change: 3 Shifts for Healthy & Growing Churches in 2017

Monday I had some fun hanging out with my friends Carey Nieuwhof, as well as Paul Alexander and Gabe Kolstad…

As you probably know, Craig and his team at Life.Church pioneered the YouVersion Bible app that has now put Scripture into the smartphone-clutching hands of millions of people all over the world. Craig shares insight into how the dream to make the Bible more accessible came to be, how his team responded to early defeat and limited budgets, and how the dream changed over time.
As you probably know, Craig and his team at Life.Church pioneered the YouVersion Bible app that has now put Scripture into the smartphone-clutching hands of millions of people all over the world. Craig shares insight into how the dream to make the Bible more accessible came to be, how his team responded to early defeat and limited budgets, and how the dream changed over time.
17 Jan 2017

Craig Groeschel on Cultivating the Dream That Became the YouVersion Bible App

As you probably know, Craig and his team at Life.Church pioneered the YouVersion Bible app that has now put Scripture…

Is your church everything you once dreamed it would be? Every church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been lost, derailed or delayed. We’re unpacking the stories of change at some great churches and sharing key steps to help you make make 3 BIG shifts around vision, leadership, and your discipleship pathway.
Is your church everything you once dreamed it would be? Every church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been lost, derailed or delayed. We’re unpacking the stories of change at some great churches and sharing key steps to help you make make 3 BIG shifts around vision, leadership, and your discipleship pathway.
10 Jan 2017

3 Shifts for Healthy & Growing Churches in 2017

Is your church everything you once dreamed it would be? Every church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been…

As church leaders, we have to make dreaming a non-negotiable. A clear vision is rarely the result of the audible voice of God or physical stone tablets. Sure, it’s happened, but He’s always speaking and we’re missing it if we only hold out for mountain-top moments. It takes both cultivation and collaboration to become a dreamer who sees vision become reality.
As church leaders, we have to make dreaming a non-negotiable. A clear vision is rarely the result of the audible voice of God or physical stone tablets. Sure, it’s happened, but He’s always speaking and we’re missing it if we only hold out for mountain-top moments. It takes both cultivation and collaboration to become a dreamer who sees vision become reality.
09 Jan 2017

Why Ministry Dreams Need Cultivation & Collaboration

As church leaders, we have to make dreaming a non-negotiable. A clear vision is rarely the result of the audible…

Generation Z is the one coming behind the Millennials and could include people born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, depending on whom you ask. Consider these ways this group of young learns differently, and start asking yourself some hard questions about how your ministry is going to need to innovate to connect with them.
Generation Z is the one coming behind the Millennials and could include people born from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, depending on whom you ask. Consider these ways this group of young learns differently, and start asking yourself some hard questions about how your ministry is going to need to innovate to connect with them.
05 Jan 2017

Preparing Your Group Ministry for Generation Z

Generation Z is the one coming behind the Millennials and could include people born from the mid-1990s to the early…