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  • How Do You Lead from the Middle?

    How Do You Lead from the Middle?

    Are you caught in the middle? Sometimes those who have both aging parents and young children are called the "sandwich" generation. Most churches have "sandwich" leaders, those who lead others but are …
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  • A letter to my grandson

    A letter to my grandson

    Dear Canon, You came into this world in the early hours of October 14, 2009. Your grandmother and I drove through the night for over nine hours. We had hoped to be there at your birth, but we missed …
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  • Exposing the Burden of Church Leadership

    Exposing the Burden of Church Leadership

    My apologies for the delay since my last post. Four weeks ago I found myself undergoing emergency surgery. 'm sure the experience will end up being material for future posts, but for now I am blessed …
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  • Intentional Leadership

    Intentional Leadership

    "If you wish to enrich days, plant flowers; if you wish to enrich years, plant trees; if you wish to enrich eternity, plant ideals in the lives of others." S. Truett CathyFounder, Chick-fil-A "You …
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  • What is the Biblical Basis of Coaching Part 2

    What is the Biblical Basis of Coaching Part 2

    [The articles I post on ChurchCentral are drawn from recent issues of Christian Coaching Magazine and represent a wide array of leaders and coaches as the authors. Thanks for reading! -Jerome] What …
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  • The Most Misunderstood Man in Christianity

    The Most Misunderstood Man in Christianity

    To some Donald A. McGavran is one of the greatest missiologist in Christian history. To others his name is almost synonymous with the Devil. Those who malign McGavran simply have misunderstood him. …
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  • The Missional Hoax?

    The Missional Hoax?

    I began reading seriously about the Missional Church in the 90s with books like God's Missionary People by Van Egan, The Continuing Conversion of the Church by Guder. I resonated deeply with their …
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  • Five Disciplines of a Generous Church

    Five Disciplines of a Generous Church

    A pastor might say to me… I preach a stewardship sermon regularly, and we pass the offering plate every Sunday; but nothing seems to change- the money problems never go away. When the economy …
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  • The Institutional Church And The Bible

    The Institutional Church And The Bible

    Over the last few years the demonizing of the institutional church has ramped up. The Church, as it stands, has been called the "bad guy" in the midst of all kinds of cultural and societal changes. …
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  • How To Be A Catalyst For Great Ideas

    How To Be A Catalyst For Great Ideas

    Every leader should have an idea room or designated place where they just sit, think, and incubate ideas. Some ideas will quickly materialize while other ideas will require a slow cooking or crock-…
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  • Do Your Guests Know You're Expecting Them?

    Do Your Guests Know You're Expecting Them?

    This really happened to me. I walked into a restaurant early in the lunch hour. Like 11:00. Surveying the place, I saw, well, nothing. Lots of open tables. And still I was told "give me just a …
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  • Confessions of a Doubting Fundraiser

    Confessions of a Doubting Fundraiser

    It's been nearly ten years since I was assigned leadership of my first fundraising campaign. The goal was $250,000 which, at the time, seemed like an immovable mountain for our small rural ministry. …
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  • Do You Have Enough Integrity?

    Do You Have Enough Integrity?

    What is integrity? And why is it important for leaders? The word "integrity" comes from the word "integer" -- remember those whole numbers in math? To have integrity means to be whole. When we are …
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  • Love Loud Dare

    Love Loud Dare

    The bestselling book, The Love Dare, has been used of God to strengthen my marriage. I cherish those 40 days that Nellie Jo and I read the dare for the day and the Scripture that accompanied each day.…
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  • One tactic to turn around a church

    One tactic to turn around a church

    As I have talked to church consultants, pastors and leaders, I've concluded there is one thing any pastor can do to quickly transform his church, no matter how unhealthy it is. Many authors have …
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  • Purpose First, Strategy Second, Structure Third

    Purpose First, Strategy Second, Structure Third

    What comes first? Vision or mission? Purpose or values? And where does strategy fit in?Sound familiar? You've probably tried to sort this out more than once.Complicating matters is the fact that the …
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  • What is the Biblical Basis of Coaching?

    What is the Biblical Basis of Coaching?

    The articles I post on ChurchCentral are drawn from recent issues of Christian Coaching Magazine and represent a wide array of leaders and coaches as the authors. Thanks for reading! -Jerome]What is …
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  • Battered Christian Syndrome

    Battered Christian Syndrome

    Battered Christian SyndromeThe best of us is not worthy to lead worship...As my friend and mentor, Chip Stamm wrote several years ago...Every student of the Christian faith has had at least one …
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  • The Church in the New Normal

    The Church in the New Normal

    For the last several weeks the Dow has trended around 10,000 for the first time since last October. We are encouraged to see things moving upwards as opposed to the downward trends of a year ago. …
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  • Pastors, Pressure, and Purpose

    Pastors, Pressure, and Purpose

    Tom Harper's recent blog, "Pastors Under Pressure," brought a couple of thoughts to mind. I am one of those 50% of pastors who will not finish their careers as pastors. One of my pastoral role models …
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Videos
Ten tactics from Proverbs to help you manage conflict

This rapid-fire list of concepts and verses will arm you with things to do when conflict takes root in your church. (Tom Harper at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
Elmer Towns: The next big church turnaround method

"Life groups are changing today's church." (From Church Central's Turnaround 20/20 summit in 2012)
 

 
John Maxwell launches a prayer meeting

When he was a pastor in San Diego, Maxwell went against the wishes of his board and started a new prayer ministry that helped the church grow. Here's how he did it. (Elmer Towns at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
Do some churches do more harm than good?

When a church doesn't make disciples, its value to the Kingdom is questionable. (Aubrey Malphurs leading a training session for the Society for Church Consulting.)
 

 
How weaknesses help leaders win spiritual battles
Chuck Lawless, Dan Reeves and John Ewart talk about the power of brokenness in fighting Satan in a church turnaround situation. We all have weaknesses that the enemy is very aware of, and when we direct our fear toward God rather than him, we …
 
Bandero Road Church's 7 'how we live together' statements

Will Mancini discusses how this church defines what a disciple should look like in their congregation. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)

 
Strategies for becoming multicultural

Blended worship, multigenerational, multilingual. Whatever you do, be fluid, said Jan Paron. "What worked last year may not work this year." (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
How I became the county pastor

You think you're busy? Melissa Pratt tells how she adopted the community and became its chaplain.

 
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