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Leadership Principle #50: Before hiring a star no one knows, look for people already on board who have a reputation for helping others succeed. "Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves."…
Many years ago I served as the pastor of a church where I avidly supported door-to-door outreach. As you might imagine, I struggled with leading people to be involved in the ministry. We kept decent records, so I got the old "outreach cards" for the …
Seven reasons why prayer may not be answeredI get a little impatient with super-spiritual saints who leave the impression that they have a deeper grasp of prayer than most. Such folks teach that if other believers just understood God's Word better—or had more faith in prayer—God …
For some leaders, apologies seem to reluctantly emerge—if they come at all. Perhaps they think that a mea culpa will seem like an indication of weakness. Perhaps the leader's ego is too fragile to admit that he or she made a mistake. Perhaps …
How do you pray for an elderly saint?About six weeks ago, I learned that a good friend, Wayne Smith, was hospitalized in Lexington and was not doing well. Wayne, who had just turned 85, had served for more than 40 years as the minister of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, …
What if Jesus Really Meant What he Said?I've been reading "Extreme Devotion" which is a daily devotional of stories of ancient and modern day believers who sacrificed everything for Christ, issued by The Voice of the Martyrs (Thomas Nelson). And another book by the late Pastor Richard …
Why study Bible prophecy?In late December my wife and I flew to Florida so we could enjoy some time with my son, Rusty, and his family. Rusty is the minister of the New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte, about 90 minutes south of Tampa.Rusty gives the worship leader a …
More than three years have already passed since a watershed point in American history. On January 1, 2011, roughly 10,000 Baby Boomers retired. From then until 2030, approximately 10,000 persons of that demographic will retire every day. That …
When disagreements don't really matterChristians bicker and fight over some of the most insignificant issues. Congregations split over the use of instruments and the construction of fellowship halls. There are pre-millennial churches and post-millennial churches; both claim to stand …
Wizened leaders know that leading God's church requires more than the wisdom of the world. There are some things about the Kingdom of God that have no correlation to the expansion of worldly empires. That is not to say that we cannot gain some …
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Research on spiritual growth in churches

Are most people in churches growing spiritually? The percentages will surprise you. (Aubrey Malphurs leading a training session for the Society for Church Consulting.)
 

 
You have spiritual responsibility for the people in your community
A church's "community" is defined as its geographic sphere of spiritual impact. "Do you realize," says Aubrey Malphurs, "that the folks that live around your church are not there by accident?" (From the Society for …
 
Three final tactics for church turnaround
"Get in where you fit in, and fit in where you get in." This is one of the connection slogans Pastor Dan Willis's church employs to plug in people to groups and service. (From the Turnaround 20/20 summit) …
 
What is your church's process for making disciples?

Aubrey Malphurs helps you analyze your disciple-making process by asking one simple question.  (Courtesy of the Society for Church Consulting)
 

 
Does your future look impossible? God specializes in that

In the Bible, God often delivered his leaders at the last possible moment from impossible situations, says Bob Russell (at NACC 2012.)

 
Are you a leader in need of some refreshing grace?

Pastor Rick Rusaw needed to get away to a friend's ranch and hear some hard truth. "You are terrible at getting grace for yourself," his friend said. (From NACC 20120)

 
Are you a leader in need of some refreshing grace?

Pastor Rick Rusaw needed to get away to a friend's ranch and hear some hard truth. "You are terrible at getting grace for yourself," his friend said. (From NACC 20120)

 
When your church isn't growing spiritually

Who is ultimately responsible for everyone's spiritual growth in your church? A powerful reminder from Dr. Jerry Taylor at NACC 2012.

 
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