February 2017

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Every pastor feels the pressure to preach great messages – not just true, but captivating and helpful content presented in an engaging way. But the most common question I’ve recently received revolves around the number of times in a calendar year a typical Senior Pastor should preach. Find out how to determine the answer to that question for your church.
Every pastor feels the pressure to preach great messages – not just true, but captivating and helpful content presented in an engaging way. But the most common question I’ve recently received revolves around the number of times in a calendar year a typical Senior Pastor should preach. Find out how to determine the answer to that question for your church.
28 Feb 2017

Stop Preaching Every Week! 4 Ways You Can Create Margin

Every pastor feels the pressure to preach great messages – not just true, but captivating and helpful content presented in…

Why are you on mission for God? Have you recently taken time to remember? I don’t know about you, but every once in awhile I need to go back to the beginning. I need to be reminded of who I am in Christ. That’s my identity. It’s not what the world says about me. It’s not what Facebook or Twitter say about me. It’s not even what I say about me. When I became a Christ-follower in high school, I developed the habit of making a series of lists on the blank pages in the back of my Bible. Here's one of those lists.
Why are you on mission for God? Have you recently taken time to remember? I don’t know about you, but every once in awhile I need to go back to the beginning. I need to be reminded of who I am in Christ. That’s my identity. It’s not what the world says about me. It’s not what Facebook or Twitter say about me. It’s not even what I say about me. When I became a Christ-follower in high school, I developed the habit of making a series of lists on the blank pages in the back of my Bible. Here's one of those lists.
27 Feb 2017

Back to the Beginning: 15 Things About Me That Are Also True About You

Why are you on mission for God? Have you recently taken time to remember? I don’t know about you, but…

If we’re going to build a framework that helps move people toward maturity and Christ-likeness, we’ve got to think clearly about identifying steps where progress can be measured. Can you imagine what would happen in the church if it were to be intentional about moving people through a purposeful pathway? First off, we would need to have one. And secondly, it would need to work. But if those things were true, we could turn the world upside down in a single generation. These 5 questions will help you consider how to improve your discipleship process.
If we’re going to build a framework that helps move people toward maturity and Christ-likeness, we’ve got to think clearly about identifying steps where progress can be measured. Can you imagine what would happen in the church if it were to be intentional about moving people through a purposeful pathway? First off, we would need to have one. And secondly, it would need to work. But if those things were true, we could turn the world upside down in a single generation. These 5 questions will help you consider how to improve your discipleship process.
26 Feb 2017

5 Questions for a Better Discipleship Path – Defining a Simple, Effective Discipleship Process (Part 2)

If we’re going to build a framework that helps move people toward maturity and Christ-likeness, we’ve got to think clearly…

One thing we can count on each Easter is the Easter bump. Like Christmas, most of us experience a surge in our attendance on Easter morning. Many of us have to add a service, adjust times, or pull out extra chairs to accommodate the swelling crowds. And then a few weeks later, our attendance is usually back to normal. Unless we prepare to communicate and help those new people connect to the life of our church, most simply won’t come back.
One thing we can count on each Easter is the Easter bump. Like Christmas, most of us experience a surge in our attendance on Easter morning. Many of us have to add a service, adjust times, or pull out extra chairs to accommodate the swelling crowds. And then a few weeks later, our attendance is usually back to normal. Unless we prepare to communicate and help those new people connect to the life of our church, most simply won’t come back.
23 Feb 2017

Even the Easter Bunny Has a Cell Phone: 4 Digital Connection Tips for Easter

One thing we can count on each Easter is the Easter bump. Like Christmas, most of us experience a surge…

The health of a church begins with the health of its team. Unfortunately, I've found most lead pastors aren't thinking about staff health on a regular basis. In this episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk with Ryan Stigile and Amy Anderson about span of care, healthy pace of life in ministry, and other practical steps to grow a healthy team.
The health of a church begins with the health of its team. Unfortunately, I've found most lead pastors aren't thinking about staff health on a regular basis. In this episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk with Ryan Stigile and Amy Anderson about span of care, healthy pace of life in ministry, and other practical steps to grow a healthy team.
21 Feb 2017

Why Staff Health Is a Blind Spot for Most Lead Pastors | The Leadership Unstuck Podcast

The health of a church begins with the health of its team. Unfortunately, I’ve found most lead pastors aren’t thinking…

Everyone is speaking, but very few of us are listening. How we respond to those with whom we disagree is important. If we just live out who God designed the church to be, it would be a very distinctive and refreshing alternative to the divisive world around us. Our culture needs that. I believe our culture is craving it.
Everyone is speaking, but very few of us are listening. How we respond to those with whom we disagree is important. If we just live out who God designed the church to be, it would be a very distinctive and refreshing alternative to the divisive world around us. Our culture needs that. I believe our culture is craving it.
19 Feb 2017

Political Discourse, Facebook, Christians & the Inconvenient Truth

Everyone is speaking, but very few of us are listening. How we respond to those with whom we disagree is…

In the church world we have a measurement problem. Not necessarily with finances or attendance, but with the one thing we're tasked with doing: making disciples.This raises a fairly important question: What does spiritual progress look like, and how can we help people recognize movement in their own journey? Here are six indicators that someone is growing spiritually...
In the church world we have a measurement problem. Not necessarily with finances or attendance, but with the one thing we're tasked with doing: making disciples.This raises a fairly important question: What does spiritual progress look like, and how can we help people recognize movement in their own journey? Here are six indicators that someone is growing spiritually...
16 Feb 2017

6 Indicators of Spiritual Growth – Defining a Simple, Effective Discipleship Path (Part 1)

In the church world we have a measurement problem. Not necessarily with finances or attendance, but with the one thing…

It’s so much easier to read the headlines -- to watch the show and allow the stereotypes to create monsters out of the people coming behind us -- than it is to listen. If we refuse to engage on a personal level with the people we go before, our churches will never succeed in reaching Millennials.
It’s so much easier to read the headlines -- to watch the show and allow the stereotypes to create monsters out of the people coming behind us -- than it is to listen. If we refuse to engage on a personal level with the people we go before, our churches will never succeed in reaching Millennials.
14 Feb 2017

Reaching Millennials: We Need to Check Our Attitudes Toward the Next Generation

It’s so much easier to read the headlines — to watch the show and allow the stereotypes to create monsters…

Most organizational communication problems are really something else. Still, when churches sense their message isn’t getting through, they often dive headfirst into changing the technology or the graphics, trying more announcements, redesigning the site, etc. Perhaps you lead at one of those churches. The problem is they are often trying to solve the wrong challenge...
Most organizational communication problems are really something else. Still, when churches sense their message isn’t getting through, they often dive headfirst into changing the technology or the graphics, trying more announcements, redesigning the site, etc. Perhaps you lead at one of those churches. The problem is they are often trying to solve the wrong challenge...
07 Feb 2017

It’s Not Me, It’s You: Why Communication May Not Be Your REAL Problem

Most organizational communication problems are really something else. Still, when churches sense their message isn’t getting through, they often dive…