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Disability Makes a Church Strong

Each Sunday, as I stand on our elevated platform, I look out at a couple hundred faces of various ages, different shades of color, and a diversity of …

Christianity

Follow-up Calls with Church Guests: What to Do and What Not to Do

Phone calls are an important connection point with church guests. Not all guests will give you their phone numbers. For those who do, here are some …

The Very Best Way to Launch the Largest Number of New Groups

I am regularly asked for ideas on the best <i>ways</i> to connect more people in groups. Having been working on the answer to this question for over 20 …

SpaceX

5 Ways to Hack the Power Triangle

The difference between average success and remarkable achievement is your ability to hack the power triangle.<p>Each point of the triangle represents a …

Success

Eight Considerations for Family Photo Stations at Churches on Holidays

<i>By Jonathan Howe</i><p>A recent trend that is really catching on around holidays in churches is the use of photo stations. Easter, Mother’s Day, and …

Internet Marketing

Great Managers Lead Meetings For 3 Different Outcomes

What makes for a successful meeting?<p>For some companies, the idea of holding consistently effective meetings is a pipe dream. Employees view most meetings as a necessary evil, a complete waste of time at best, a torturous exercise in endurance at worst.<p>But what if the problem centers on what you’re …

Leadership

Alternative Pastoral Models

<b>by C. Jeff Woods</b><p>The traditional pastoral model is built upon a set of very expensive assumptions that include three years of post-bachelor education, …

Theology

LA Church Cafes Provide a Fresh Blend of Jesus, Community, and Coffee - Eater LA

The intersection of food, drink, and gospel<p>Wind west of the 405 freeway along Mulholland Boulevard and reach a parking lot at the base of Bel-Air Presbyterian Church. Climb a set of stairs, cross a courtyard, and you’ll reach Parable Coffee Lab, a café that’s promised “thoughtful coffee, epic view” …

Coffee

Wonderfully made: How churches are seizing on gallery spaces for art

LEXINGTON, Mass. (RNS) When psychologist Bob Bass retired five years ago, he knew his photography hobby would be good for his spiritual well-being. …

Antiquity

Urgent Church: Nine Changes We Must Make Or Die

It broke my heart.<p>Another church closed. This church had unbelievable potential. Indeed, it had its own “glory days,” but only for a season. But, 10 …

Theology

A One-on-One Worksheet That Gives Power to Employees

To empower people, you must give them some control.<p>One-on-ones where employees control most or all of the agenda transfers power to employees. But …

Unlock honest feedback with this one word

This one little word makes all the difference…<p>A few years ago, a CEO told me how she was struggling to get honest feedback from her board.<p>No one …

Leadership

Quarterly 1-1s Are a Waste of Time

In this world of rapid change, quarterly meetings aren't enough.<p>Think back over the last 90 days, and ask yourself these questions:<p>What were the highs and lows for you?<br>• What worked, and what didn’t work?<br>• Are you sure you have a complete list before you have your quarterly 1-1 conversation?<br>• And more …

How to Launch a Short-Term On-Campus Strategy (that leads to off-campus groups)

I’ve written about this several times, but haven’t ever put the nuts-and-bolts in one place. This short-term on-campus strategy (that leads to …

Leadership

This (Controversial) Top Predictor of High-Performing Teams Isn't What You'd Expect

Gallup issued a report again confirming a very surprising top performance predictor.<p>Gallup recently issued their <i>2017 State of the American Workplace</i> report, complete with its list of top predictors of engagement/performance/productivity. The list was populated with the usual predictable indicators …

Leadership

Insight: The Upside of a Scorecard over a Job Description

I’m frequently asked for a sample job description for small group pastors. Generally it is a senior pastor or executive pastor asking for a copy (to …

What the Best Mentors Do

Mentorship comes in many flavors. It doesn’t always work unless leaders bear in mind a few common principles.<p>Over the past three years, as part of my forthcoming book, I’ve been researching how leaders can better judge and develop their talent in light of a changing, more purpose-driven, more …

Hack Your Worship Service

I recently read an article about the architectural design of airports. Yes, that was an actual article I actually read, and I found it fascinating. A …

How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times

Uncertainty is uncomfortable for everyone. Whether it’s political turmoil or a reorganization at your company, employees who are concerned about their future are likely to be distracted and unproductive. What should a manager do? How can you keep people focused while also helping them cope with the …

Stewarding a Multiethnic Campus

<b>Article by: Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra</b>It is hard to get whiter than Campus Outreach was in the late 1970s.The interdenominational campus ministry …

Black History

Overview: Here Are Our Four Strategies for Launching New Groups

Over the last several years we’ve identified four key strategies for launching new groups. Two of the four strategies are very up-front and …

Pedagogy

Being Quiet Is Part of Being a Good CEO

After interviews with 200 senior business executives, Hal Gregersen of MIT found that one of the virtues of good leadership is listening properly.<p>The amount of literature devoted to teaching people how to become a successful executive is vast. And that’s no surprise: People aspire to be in the …

Lunch & Learn: Facebook Ads Strategies With Chris Abbott

Everyone loves using Facebook for church communications.<p>Yes, Ads. Are you using Facebook Ads for your church?<p>Did you know that Facebook advertising …

The State of the Plate 2016

<i>Nationwide survey shows many churches saw declining or flat giving in 2015, while at the same time seeing the need for modern digital giving</i> …

Religion

3 Things You Can Do This Week to Connect More People After Easter

There are three ideal times to connect unconnected people every year. In most churches, late September/early October has the most potential followed …

Religion

8 Reasons Your Easter Guests Might Not Return

It’s the new year and like most pastors and church leaders, you’re probably already planning for Easter. It will be here before you know it. I was …

7 Ways Leaders Seize the Opportunity of Second Failure

Explore failure deeply. <i>Learn from last time before rushing to next time.</i><p>What decision did you make that brought you to this failure? (Don’t say “us” …