5 Ways NOT to Lead Up

If you’re a leader by nature, then it’s in your DNA to influence your organization in some way to make it better and help it accomplish your mission. But not every leader—in fact, the minority of leaders—are the senior leader in their organization. So how do you “lead up,” that is influence your organization and […]

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Gravity, Insiders, and Reaching People Who Aren’t Here Yet

It’s not uncommon to hear from people who have been a part of our church for a long time that when it comes to reaching people who are far from God and caring for those who are already here, there needs to be a balance. I respectfully disagree. Consider this: When something goes wrong on a […]

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Ten People You’re Preaching to on Sunday

Prepping a message for Sunday morning takes a lot of study; a huge part of being a pastor who preaches most weeks is having a good handle on the Bible and faithfully communicating what it says. While many pastors study the Bible, it’s easy to forget to study the people we’re speaking to–the ones who […]

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Building Trust with Volunteers

If you’re a church or ministry leader, chances are that “volunteer coordinator” is a part of your job description. Churches don’t (or shouldn’t) run without volunteers. If something’s going really well in your church, it’s probably because you have great volunteers in that area. An important part of leading volunteers is gaining and building trust. […]

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“Attractional” Church and Loving People Who Don’t Yet Know Jesus

Photo by Aney / CC BY Here’s a word I’d like to strike from our Christianese dictionary: “Attractional.” The main reason is that for some, attractional is a dirty word. The more I hear arguments against what some call an “attractional” approach to ministry, the more puzzled I become. Let me fair: when many people use the […]

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Introducing “The Gospel” a New youthministry360 Bible Study

My friends at youthministry360 have been kind enough to release my latest Bible Study curriculum. I wrote this study with one question in mind: What if we assumed our students–whether they’ve grown up in church or they had never set foot in a church until they came to youth group last week–aren’t familiar with Jesus, […]

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4 Ways to Keep Volunteers Happy

It doesn’t matter what size church you lead, 100 people on a Sunday or 10,000: your church runs on volunteers. Without volunteers, your Sunday mornings would grind to a standstill, and much less ministry would get done during the week. When our volunteer teams are working well, ministry is fun and it feels like your […]

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You Need to Focus on Your Problems

You should focus on your problems more. I’m aware that statement doesn’t exactly seem positive. But it’s an important thing to do. Let me explain. Think about a problem that both intrigues you and frustrates you. Something about your world–or the world in general–that you know is broken. It might be a problem that seems […]

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Four Ways to Start off Right in a New Leadership Role

Last month I began a new job. However, this transition is different than new positions I’ve had in the past, because I’m still serving at the same church but in a different capacity. The biggest change might be the fact that when I meet with the teams I now find myself leading, I don’t know […]

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