Category: Leadership

Creating Systems to Do the Thinking for You

There are some reading this blog today that live for systems. They eat, sleep and breath the whole world of order, a place for everything and everything in its place, and do “a” first, “b” second and “c” third … then you’ll get results. I’m suggesting you put in place systems to do the thinking…

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The Perfect Follow-Up Plan for Church Guests

A friend of mine told me his daughter (Lexie) and son-in-law (John) had moved to a new city and spent a short amount of time looking for a church. They did find one quickly and enjoyed the pastor and atmosphere. Just one small problem … They never gave the church their contact info. It wasn’t…

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10 Questions About Future Church Attendance No One Really Knows How to Answer

The post is by Carey Nieuwhof. Carey is a pastor and blogger. You can connect with him here at careynieuwhof.com. Talk to any church leader, and they’ll tell you it feels harder than ever to get people to come to church on a Sunday. Even in growing churches, the competition for peoples’ time, attention and…

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Church Policy Manuals and How to Start

Policy manuals. Wow! Those two words just send electric excitement waves through your body, don’t they? I know to the detail-pastor this article will resonate loud and clear while the fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants-pastor will say, “Why?” Let’s answer the why question first. Put aside the preconceived negatives on the word “policy”. It is not a bad word….

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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Pastor Jacob knew he hit it out of the park when they created a state-of-the-art approach to reaching huge numbers of 20-somethings (insert your success effort). Virtually no other church in the state—or maybe the country for that matter—had been able to do what Warner Road Church had done. It was an off-the-charts success. Question:…

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Blunder #1 in Assimilating New People

Suppose I come to visit you and you’re going to show me the town. Included in that is a visit to a new restaurant that just opened up last month. Let’s do this, wild and crazy guy (generically speaking) that you are … I’m game. So here we go – off to the restaurant. Nice…

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Spread Your Influence Outside of Sunday

I’m old enough to be able to recognize where my influence has been greatest. Some people think their influence comes in the official role they have with others. Certainly that is true with things like parenting, marriage, etc. And to some extent it is true in work. However, in most areas of life influence comes…

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You Can’t Do Everything in 35 Minutes

When I ask pastors how long they generally preach I normally hear numbers like “between 30 and 40 minutes.” Sometimes close friends or parishioners smile 🙂 when they hear their pastor respond that way. There are 10,080 minutes in a week. We spend approximately 3,360 of those minutes sleeping and about 2,400 of them working….

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Not If But Who is Shaping the People in the Church

Here’s the deal. It is not a question of if the people in the church you serve will be shaped by what they read, listen to or watch. It is by whom or by what. That is the question. It is truly a fascinating study to look at what goes into the minds of people…

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Leaders Are Readers

President John F Kennedy was a voracious reader. According to a November 2013 posting in BoysLife.org, “An avid reader, JFK could read approximately 2,500 words per minute, nearly 10 times the average. In fact, he would reportedly read six newspapers every morning at breakfast cover to cover.” Leaders are readers. Further, leaders read and share…

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