Don’t make change harder than it is

Karl Vaters has some practical advice for all church leaders (but especially for smaller church leaders that want to move their churches forward): Don’t make change harder than it actually is.  Start in the shallow end. Karl writes:  It’s a basic principle of life that we sometimes forget in the church. You don’t start basic swim classes in the deep end of the pool. There’s too much unnecessary risk. Pools have shallow ends for a reason. Your church has a shallow end, too. No, I don’t know what it is, because I don’t know your church. But you know. Or you should. If you don’t...
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Making your visitors swoon, smile and sing your praises

Author Chip Bell recently released a new book entitled The 9 1/2 Principles of Innovative Service. The purpose of the book:  how to create an experience that causes your customers to ‘swoon, smile, and sing your praises.’ One reader, Becky Robinson, related her experience about visiting NewSpring Church, after reading the book. You have to read this unsolicited article that could have been written (in today’s internet age) by any person about any church. According to Becky… NewSpring hit it out of the park when she was a first time visitor. What can you learn reading...
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Five Reasons People aren’t Volunteering at Your Church

Tony Morgan writes: Do you need more preschool workers to serve children? Do you need more greeters to greet? Do you need more ushers to…ush? If so, you’re in familiar territory. I’ve never met a church that said, “You know…when it comes to volunteers, we’re good. We’ve got plenty. In fact, there’s a waiting list for the nursery.” Churches everywhere need to mobilize more volunteers to get ministry done. But before you start signing people up and filling slots, it might be helpful to take a look at why people are NOT volunteering. Here are FIVE REASONS people might not be...
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What if you put Jesus in charge of small groups?

Justin Knowles asks: If Jesus was in charge of small groups at a church, what would they look like? What would he focus on? Why? What would be his priorities? It actually is really fun to think about and I think it’s relatively easy to figure it out because we just need to look how Jesus lead. I think if we are doing these things, we ought to be doing pretty good. He gives some examples of how he thinks Jesus would lead here. But really… what should our small groups look like? What should our DISCIPLESHIP or SPIRITUAL FORMATION process look like? How would Jesus do it differently that we/you...
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Stop standing still. It’s time to move on.

There are often times in our lives where God will call us to stay firmly planted and faithfully rooted right where we are. But there are other times where God has called us out and told us to move on. What do you think? Have there been times when you should have moved on, but you were somehow waiting for a ‘sign’ from God? And have you ever taken matters into your own hands, and moved on when you should have stood still? It’s always a struggle for me. How about you? Todd
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Jesus was the first ever Twitter user

From the Telegraph.UK: Christ “used tweets before everyone else, with elementary phrases made up of fewer than 45 characters like ‘Love one another’”, said Monsignor Ravasi, the Vatican’s equivalent of a culture minister. “A bit like in television today, he delivered a message through a story or a symbol,” the cardinal said at a conference with Italy’s leading newspaper editors. The cardinal emphasised the importance of clergy making full use of modern-day computer technology. “If a cleric, a pastor is not interested in communication, they...
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Oprah finds Jesus. (OK not really… she finds Rob Bell)

Oprah’s new “Super Soulful” book of the month? Rob Bell’s new suspense thriller “What We Talk About When We Talk About God”. Oprah says: Pastor Rob Bell is shaking up the way we think about God and religion. I love his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God (HarperOne). When I first started reading it, I was highlighting my favorite passages, but then I realized—what’s the point? I’ve marked every page! It just wowed me. In the book, Bell explains that God is and always has been with us, for us, and ahead of us—and then explores how we can...
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Conversations: The Church Leader as a Creative

When you think of the word creative, who do you think of? Painters? Writers? Actors? Designers? Chances are that you would consider each of these professions as creatives, but how about pastors? Todd Henry is the founder of Accidental Creative, author of the book The Accidental Creative, and has a podcast with the same name. He also believes that church leaders who don’t consider themselves to be creatives are shortchanging themselves, and their congregations. Todd’s new book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day releases September 26th, and will be a vital tool for church leaders...
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You think YOU’RE having a bad day?

If you think you’re having a bad day… you’re not.  At least I bet you’re not compared to this guy: Lesson #1 Don’t be distracted from what you should be doing. Lesson #2 When you fall… get up.  Quickly.
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The longer you talk… the less you lead.

Wow… I like pieces that challenge me. Chew on this for a minute: “Verbosity isn’t leadership.  The longer you talk the less you lead.” Dan Rockwell says: Sadly, people with power usually talk longer than those without. Even worse, we determine whose powerful by the frequency and duration others open their mouths. We have it backwards. “I go to meetings, but I’m not allowed to speak.” (Spoken by a mid-level.) Leaders who do all the talking are power hungry fools. I’m hesitant to soften the blow of that last sentence, but, if it helps, I’m a talker. “Talkers are...
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