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10 steps to benefitting from conflict

It’s like ripping off a bandage to bathe the wound in healing sunlight. Unpleasant. Even painful. But the end result is health and restoration. That’s what church conflict is like. Painful but, when treated properly, the path to a healthy church and a stronger, more confident pastor. At least that’s the results of a survey

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When should a church initiate change?

My colleague and ministry partner Gordon Penfold’s favorite refrain has one line: “Successful turnaround takes a capable pastor and a willing church.” Our research and Turnaround Pastors Boot Camp© training address the first requirement. It is doubtful that every pastor will become a turnaround rock star, but all of them can become more effective change

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We couldn’t have written “Pastor Unique” without the support of many dear friends who have supported us with words of encouragement, private intercession in our behalf, and their generous financial gifts. We would like to publicly acknowledge and thank these people (and we hope that we have not inadvertently forgotten to mention anyone!) Our deep

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5 lessons about leading change from the wannabe burger king

Something’s cooking at Ronald’s House. Pastors who face the daunting task of leading a church turnaround might take a few tips from their CEO’s recipe for change leadership. The backstory Despite billions and billions of burgers served, a cloud hovers over the golden arches. But in a recent sit down with the New York Times

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20 Reasons Your Church May Not Be Growing

In a post on “Church and Culture Blog”  (http://www.churchandculture.org/Blog.asp?ID=4727) titled, “20 Reasons Your Church May not be Growing,” James Emory White makes a point about church growth and health: growth is often about “removing barriers.”  He says, “…you don’t have to ask yourself how to grow your church. You have to ask yourself what is

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20 Reasons Your Church May Not Be Growing

In a post on “Church and Culture Blog”  (http://www.churchandculture.org/Blog.asp?ID=4727) titled, “20 Reasons Your Church May not be Growing,” James Emory White makes a point about church growth and health: growth is often about “removing barriers.”  He says, “…you don’t have to ask yourself how to grow your church. You have to ask yourself what is

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What Pastors learn from ANE kings …

There’s a “gotcha” in the Bible’s term for the person your church calls to do the preaching, run day-to-day operations, and superintend the church’s ministry to its members and its mission field. The New Testament uses four words for the church’s spiritual leaders: “elder,”1 “overseer,”2 “shepherd,”3 and “teacher”.4 They all refer to the same person.

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Groundbreaking research almost ready…

Why are a small percentage of pastors (about 10%) adept at leading plateaued and declining churches into renewal and growth while most are not? Can other pastors lead more effectively by learning from their colleagues? Those are the questions we’ve been studying the last several years. In this groundbreaking research using The Birkman Method we’ve

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What is God’s intention for pastors?

A personal story – one that has the happy fortune of also being true! – illuminates why pastors and churches find it hard to answer this question. The sad reality is although the answer is clear in the Bible, no one likes what they find there. I didn’t see the ambush for myself. I got

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