• Disciple making in the local church

    Disciple making in the local church

    "So what do I do now?" The pastor asked the question with seriousness and a level of expectation. He knew that many of his members were woefully lacking in biblical knowledge. And he had full …
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  • The Danger of Unexamined Assumptions

    The Danger of Unexamined Assumptions

    When was the last time you examined your assumptions? How about your organization's assumptions? An assumption, you remember, is a fact or statement taken for granted. Why do assumptions need to be …
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  • How to Ruin a Good Relationship

    How to Ruin a Good Relationship

    Christian Coaching Magazine Relationship Column: How to Ruin a Good Relationship By Jeffrey J. Williams Christians talk a lot about how to grow and improve our relationship with God and each other …
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  • Pastors under pressure

    Pastors under pressure

    I am still thinking about a statistic I heard Gary McIntosh say last week. I've heard it before. It's not a pretty one. When I tweeted it, a switch in Dave Travis's mind flipped and he pounded out a …
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  • Are You Under Attack?

    Are You Under Attack?

    As a young seminarian, I was surprised to find myself caught in the crossfire of a major church conflict. I was the focus of it—some in that congregation didn't believe women should be allowed …
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  • New Survey Reveals Creative Leadership

    New Survey Reveals Creative Leadership

    Just think about it. Most young people today are overbooked. So, the right priority question becomes "How can the church add meaning to their spiritually-interested lives while embracing their …
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  • The Barnabas Factor

    The Barnabas Factor

    Have you ever stopped to think what Paul's ministry might have been like without a Barnabas? It is true; Paul was a driven man. Paul had go-go-go galore, and had he taken the church planter …
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  • The Primary Purpose of the Church

    The Primary Purpose of the Church

    Let's begin with an illustration. If I ask you to tell me the primary purpose of your car, what would you say?We can probably agree that the primary purpose of a car is transportation. We can also …
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  • Worship as Cinema

    Worship as Cinema

    Worship as CinemaBlockbuster weekend?Every Monday morning you can read in your newspaper about the stats on the weekend's biggest movie "winners" based on gross cash income at the box-office. Ten …
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  • Purposeful Abandonment

    Purposeful Abandonment

    Ever wonder what's at the heart of true innovation? When you trip across something that's really good, do you ever wonder how they came up with that? What processes are they using to think up such an …
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  • Three Easters a Year Through Double Days

    Three Easters a Year Through Double Days

    Most worship growth comes in spurts rather than in increments. So it's important to have two or three major pushes a year designed to grow your church forward in a significant way. When I was pastor …
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  • With thanksgiving for the local church

    With thanksgiving for the local church

    The local church in America gets a bad rap. And in many ways, the negative news is warranted. You've seen the dire trends and statistics. You've read about the moral failures of many church leaders …
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  • The Priority Principle

    The Priority Principle

    As I spend time with leaders from both the business and church world I have noticed a common theme. With a few questions, a decent cup of coffee, and about an hour of time they can describe why they …
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  • My visit with Billy Graham: Lessons in leadership and life

    My visit with Billy Graham: Lessons in leadership and life

    A few weeks ago Nellie Jo and I went to visit Billy Graham in his home in Montreat, North Carolina. Though it was not my first time to meet with the famed evangelist, this visit seemed especially …
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  • Is It Time to Speak Up?

    Is It Time to Speak Up?

    When is the time to speak up? I read with interest Tom Harper's post on October 5, "Don't Argue – Ever." His comments on managing self are very well taken. Church leaders can be argumentative …
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  • The State of The Church

    The State of The Church

    Over the last few years research groups like Gallup, The Barna, and the Association of Religious Data Archives have attempted to get a clear picture of the state of the Church in America. Until …
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  • Shared Congregational Leadership Doesn't Work

    Shared Congregational Leadership Doesn't Work

    Recently, I received an email from a member of our Advanced Leadership forum asking an excellent question that many pastors ask. Here it is. "I just received George Barna's latest e-news where he …
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  • Don’t Argue - Ever

    Don’t Argue - Ever

    Proverbs is not without puzzling contrasts. You'd think a simple truth like "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another" (Prov. 27:17) would encourage healthy conflict, friction, and debate …
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  • Mystery Shoppers at Your Church

    Mystery Shoppers at Your Church

    Several years ago a new member to my staff team came to me, asking if she could bring some "mystery shoppers" into our weekend experience to give us fresh perspective on what our guests were …
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  • Five warning signs of declining church health

    Five warning signs of declining church health

    December 17, 2004, should have been a day of celebration. Nellie Jo and I had been married 27 years on that date. We were in Naples, Florida, enjoying the sunshine and each other. Then the phone call …
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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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