Leadership

Equipping pastors and leaders with ministry tips and insights.

Following the Recipe

Leadership

It’s not unusual for ministries to take a close look at other churches. Often, they’re in search of the recipe for success. It’s great that churches can learn from each other. Our church has certainly been helped by it, and we hope other churches have found value in what we’ve been able to o...read more

The Right People

Leadership

Asking the right questions is necessary to get valuable feedback. It’s also important to direct the right questions to the right people. When it comes to feedback, not all people are equal. Two groups that shouldn’t always be trusted include: ●Your greatest critics ●Your greatest...read more

The Right Questions

Leadership

In the church world, you will almost always get feedback. But not all feedback is equal. Finding the right feedback is vitally important. A key to finding the right feedback is asking the right questions. Here are a few questions that won’t be very effective: ● What did you think o...read more

Lazy People Don’t Need Vision to be Lazy

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Churches who decide to go multi-site often do so by adding campuses in nearby cities. Sometimes, churches will promote these new locations to their attenders as a convenience: “Now you can get to church in half the time!” Those same churches are somewhat surprised when the evangelism temperature...read more

Keeping Things In Perspective

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While uneducated or cruel critics can be distracting, try to keep things in perspective. Where I live, Christians are rarely in danger for being Christians. Countless believers have suffered gravely for their faith in Christ. If all we have to do is endure a few people complaining, blogging, or...read more

All About Honor

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In a series we did called Forgotten Virtues , the first message I taught was on honor. If you're interested, you can  download the messages here . When Jesus said, "a prophet is without honor in his hometown," the Greek word he used was “atimos” (pronounced at’-ee’-mos). It means...read more

Training Your Church

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If you don’t train your church to know which boundaries are appropriate, you likely won’t have many. If you are the senior pastor, you can set the tone publicly. I’d suggest a few of the following: Publicly communicate when your day off is. Talk about how important that day is to your family....read more

Promise and Deliver

Leadership

A couple of years ago, we opened a new campus, and on launch day had three times the attendance we were expecting. As a result, we ended up behind the curve on many things: We didn't have enough LifeGroups. We recruited new volunteers on the fly. We needed more staff to fill in the gaps...read more

Letting Go of the Know

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When you are in the beginning stages of empowering or developing a leader, you probably want to know a lot and control a lot. You are building trust. Once a leader is trained and functioning well, it’s time to “let go of the know.” Here's an example: Sam Roberts oversees all of our LifeChurc...read more

Worth Revisiting: Excellence/Effectiveness

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There are several principles that I seem to revisit when talking with pastors. A couple of these are the cost/excellence curve and the cost/effectiveness curve. If I gave you $100,000, could you make your house or apartment excellent? I imagine that with some careful investments in furniture...read more