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3 absolutes of dressing for upfront leadership

For the last couple of months I’ve had the honor of serving the “upfront” leadership at the Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood, Kansas, led by Pastor Adam Hamilton What a fabulous group of people!. Here is my parting advice for them.
December 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to help people remember what you say

Any leader knows that it is disheartening to prepare a good talk only to realize that nobody can remember what you said the following week. There are speakers who know how to get retention in their audiences, and our goal is to be one of those people!
December 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

10 drills for better upfront leadership

Most frequent question? How do I get better at being “on stage” in my leadership? Answer? Practice, practice, practice! Here are some drills to help—if not cure—this common angst!
November 21, 2014   Doug Lawrence

4 cardinal rules of good upfront communication

Talking in front of people is still the number one fear for people according to Psychology Today and it routinely shows up in surveys as being even more frightening than death! What's up with that?
November 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to be truly present with people

Personally? I’ve proved over and over that you can be in the same room with people and be totally detached from them. Most likely, I’m not alone.
October 31, 2014   Doug Lawrence

6 ways to "read" the room

Are we winning at the game of “Follow the Leader?” Are people really with us? This piece is about checking to see if, in fact, anyone is following our skillful cues.
October 24, 2014   Doug Lawrence

4 ways to break out of “default” worship

Everyone who reads this title knows exactly what this discussion is about. We get stuck. We start to do everything the same way every time we do it. We move toward avoidance of the obvious because it’s what we do. We’re human.
October 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

3 critical mistakes many worship leaders make

Like pastors, worship leaders take lots of “hits;” they just make a lot less money and are often far less well trained to do their job. Oh, and they are frequently expendable. Can we help these people become better leaders? As a life-long worship guy, I get to talk about ...
September 18, 2014   Doug Lawrence

3 things you'd better know, or else!

If you are over 50 you may not need to read this. On the other hand if you're over 50 you absolutely need to read this! Like my Doc said to me when I was 30…”It gets tougher from here!”
August 25, 2014   Doug Lawrence

6 prickly people who put your church on pause

Thom Rainer just wrote an article about the 8 Types of power groups in the church. It is both informative and timely and, ironically, close to the topic I’m sharing.
August 11, 2014   Doug Lawrence

There is nothing hip about Facebook any more... how about your church?

We want your kids! Every church says it, but few accomplish it. What’s the problem. Why can't churches catch up with the changing culture? Why are millennials leaving the church faster than leaders can figure out how to keep them?
July 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

3 (there are a lot more) ways to be a prolific time waster

I’ve just taken a two month sabbatical and, hey, I know how to waste time. For example: I love to write until, out of boredom, I feel a need to begin yet another project that I may or may not finish. I love to produce video projects for non-profits and ...
July 04, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to turn your "church" into a sanctuary

Most churches used to have a place called “The Sanctuary,” (safe place). In newer churches that title is often The Worship Center, The Gathering Place, or even…holy croissants…The Cafe!  Over the past few years I’ve had the fun of “shopping” for “relevance toys” in some fairly big churches. You know, ...
April 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

6 techniques to avoid BS (broad speculation) in your staff meetings

You don’t have to sit through too many church staff meetings to realize that maybe—just maybe—nothing will get done. Fellowship, bonding, team building, and even Lectio divina have their place in staff gatherings, but there should also be tangible outcomes.  Here are some significant ways to avoid wasting your staff’s ...
April 16, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 reasons why people show up late to your church

In the old days we used to say that parking was difficult and that’s why folks didn't come to church on time. That may have been naive! There are lots of reasons people choose to be late, and—just maybe—we should know what they are. 1. We are not helping people understand ...
April 02, 2014   Doug Lawrence

3 types of pastors who might want this “dirty little secret”

Review: “Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret,” why serial innovators succeed where others fail,   by Larry Osborne from Zondervan You don't have to be overly observant to realize that churches essentially fall into two camps…those that are growing, and those that are in decline.  In Larry Osborne’s newest book offering, he downloads ...
March 18, 2014   Doug Lawrence

4 reasons why your pastor’s name shouldn’t be your church’s brand

In your life as an Evangelical, you will probably encounter churches that are called “Something or Other United,” and churches that are identified largely with their well-known pastors.  Definition: The “personality pastor” (I’m so sorry to have to use this expression—please forgive me, famous pastors) is usually one who becomes ...
March 14, 2014   Doug Lawrence

3 nasty habits of really nice church people

For the most part, church people certainly qualify for the title, “nice,” but sometimes they do really inappropriate things. I personally have never been guilty of any of these faux pas, but maybe you have.  [Incidentally, there are more than 3 nasty habits, but I have a luncheon to attend.]  ...
February 24, 2014   Doug Lawrence

10 blessings of being old and ugly in the church

I like young people! Their skin looks like it's still in its original blister pack. They can walk up and down stairs without grabbing the railing. They have GREAT teeth!  In the modern church they are particularly revered because they bring the average age down to like…say…50. But, their prime ...
February 05, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 hard facts about “soft” worship

Soft worship? Yes, you’ve experienced it…heaven knows it’s available in a church near you. It intends to be profound and God-honoring…”authentic”…but it ends up being something else entirely. It's perhaps more like a pillow to rest your head on than one to beat you upside the head and get you off ...
January 20, 2014   Doug Lawrence

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