10 Lessons From a Year of Assimilation

On Monday I shared about a change in my life a little over a year ago as I transitioned from being a youth pastor in to a position at our church that combined the leadership responsibility for small groups, assimilation, and guest services into one role. In reality, I had next to zero practical experience for […]

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10 Lessons From a Year of Guest Services

Last January, I moved from my position as a youth pastor at our church—I had been a youth pastor for eleven years at that point—to a newly created position that combined the leadership of small groups, assimilation, and guest services into one role. Though I attended seminary, enjoyed working with people, and leading teams, I really […]

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Video of the Week: It’s Not About the Nail

One of my favorite videos to watch with pre-marital couples we’re working with…such a great conversation starter! (Email subscribers: if you can’t view the video, click here.)

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Insider Communication vs. Guest-Friendly Communication

How you speak to guests can make a huge difference in how they experience your church during their first visit. Chances are, they’re unsure of what they’ll find when they walk through the doors of your church. How you communicate with them can either lower their defenses and help them enjoy their time at your […]

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Learners Make Great Leaders

Quality leaders are gold to any organization. No matter what role they play, a solid leader makes those around him or her better, keeps their area of influence focused on the organizations mission and vision, helps their team accomplish more, and makes the most of the resources they are given. But how do you find […]

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10 Red Flags When Choosing New Leaders

One of the roles of a ministry leader is choosing other leaders to lead alongside you. Whether you’re hiring a staff member or recruiting and screening new small group leaders, getting it right when it comes to selecting leaders is crucial to keeping your teams healthy. One of the most frustrating parts of this process is […]

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Confusing the What and the How

The next time you’re talking with someone from your church or chatting with people between services, pose this question to them: “If someone were to ask you, ‘What does your church do?’ what would you say?” Chances are, the answers would range some, but you’d begin to see a pattern. Conducting worship services may be a […]

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What Role Does Conflict Play on Your Team?

If you’ve ever worked on a team, you probably have a story of how conflict kept your team, company, or office from accomplishing its goals or getting anything done. Conflict can negatively affect the most talented of team members and bring things to a grinding halt. On many teams, conflict is a something that is […]

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Getting Guests to Come Back

For most church leaders, one of the goals of Sunday morning (or whenever your church meets during the week) is that guests pay a first-time visit to your church. You may even program your worship services with guests in mind, especially those who don’t yet know Jesus. In many churches, a lot of effort and energy […]

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