What the church could learn from Apple…

Whether you love Apple or despise them… you have to admit… they have a good thing going. What if the church could re-invent themselves every year, and have everyone totally buy-in to it? Something like this: QUESTION:  What does Apple do that mesmerizes people so much? Is there any of that magic that the church could adopt? Todd
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How to spot a manipulative church leader

We all know at least one. Most of us have worked for one. The manipulative church leader. Donald Miller has a great piece on how to spot these manipulative guys (and gals). You need to read his narrative, here… According to Miller, a Christian leader who is manipulative will: Never be truly vulnerable. They will never tell stories about their weaknesses. If they do, those stories will be about how they are too strong, too devout and too many other things that are more or less humble brags. Always have the true answer, and truth is truth because they said it. The truth is the Bible is complex,...
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The real test of pastoral integrity.

You never know, as a church leader, where your integrity may be tested. My guess is that, while you’ve never thought about it, the dentist might be a huge test of integrity for most all of us. What physical location is a huge test for YOUR integrity? Todd
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7 reasons you’re not reaching the unchurched (even though you want to)…

Carey Nieuwhof admits that most leaders he knows WANT their church to grow.  They WANT to reach unchurched people. But few are. Here are some reasons why, according to Carey: 1. Your desire to reach unchurched people is an intention, not a strategy. You’re basically doing what you’ve always been doing and hoping for different results. Wanting people to attend and creating a church unchurched people love to attend are two very different things. If you haven’t made radical changes to how you do church, don’t expect radically different results. 2. You’ve ended up in No-Man’s Land by trying...
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Do you suck at difficult conversations?

Uh-oh… read these words of Dan Rockwell: Lousy leaders build mediocre organizations because they dance around issues. But, remarkable is the result of difficult conversations done skillfully. And then he hits us with this: Mediocrity arrives when difficult conversations are avoided. Come on man… it’s Monday! Dan continues: The false face lousy leaders wear invites others to be false too. Lousy leaders reject personal transparency in favor of pretending. But, everyone knows that no one has it all together. Tough conversations are best received when given by imperfect leaders....
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How to hire pastors who perform like NFL stars…

Tony Parrish, All-Pro nine year NFL Veteran, talks about what makes former NFL players attractive as employees and how churches can learn to find pastors who will perform at a high level like and NFL player. What do YOU think? HT: I4J
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You gotta love this kid…

He’s my idol, actually.  Wait for the end: What’s the craziest thing a kid has done in your worship services? Todd
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5 mistakes pastors make with email

I just read a great article over at FastCompany about how many people goof up with email. Even though my last post was about making mistakes (and how that’s ok)… I always try NOT to make mistakes (they seem to happen by themselves, especially when I’m trying NOT to make them). Here are 9 mistakes you may be making with email.  Try not to make these today: 1.  Sending emails only when you need something. Chronic mistake, especially from a pastor.  Try this: be proactive with your mail today.  Email someone and say that you are praying for them, or that you appreciate what they do....
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Changing your title to “Pastor of Mistakes”

I’ve met far too many pastors that are scared to death of making a mistake.  Afraid to risk. Afraid to be wrong. Stop it. “The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them – especially not from yourself. Instead of turning away in denial when you make a mistake, you should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are.” — Daniel Dennet via Dan Shipper Everybody makes mistakes.  Even (especially) pastors.  If you’re afraid you’ll lose your job if you make a mistake, then you should...
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How to kill your church in five easy steps!

Ever want to kill your church? Ever kill a church despite your best efforts? Joel Rainey, the director of Missions at the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association suggests that these are the five ways that you are guaranteed to kill off your church (just in case you were wondering). We’ve all seen churches implode.  See if you agree that these are the main reasons, from a leader’s standpoint: 1. Perpetually send an unclear sound. Make sure that key leaders remain clueless, and divided, when it comes to the identity, purpose, vision, and direction of the church. Speak in spiritual euphemisms that...
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