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How Pastors Lead Beyond Their Limits

It was far beyond his abilities. It was the toughest church he would ever serve. Note: This is an excerpt from our upcoming book about the distinguishing characteristics and best practices of effective turnaround pastors. His mentor, who suggested he take the church, had warned him that it was rife with false doctrine, preoccupied with

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Help Us Help Your Pastor

Chances are you’re in a church that’s on the plateau, or on the down hill slide. The chances are great, in fact. 85% of the churches in America are either stuck on the dime or they’re in a death spiral. It takes a special kind of pastor to turn these churches around. But those pastors

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Three Pastors On A Wild Ride

  NOTE: The journey below was written before the publication of our book, Pastor Unique: Becoming a Turnaround Leader. Heck, we didn’t even have a title yet! It is fun to look back and see God’s hand.   Gary Westra, August 23, 2016 We started a wild ride two years ago. Really wild We didn’t realize

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If I Had a Do-over—Reel 1

The sixties. Not the decade fifty years ago, but the age swiftly overtaking a person who once hoped to remain forever young. My sixties. When I sit down with my peers, now over decaf not Mountain Dew. Trying not to dwell on meds and memories, focusing more on completing the course and inspiring others to

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The Key Every Pastor Needs Before Leading Change

On November 12, 2013 a small painting, roughly 30″ by 22″, sold for $32,645,000.00. With a surface area of 684.1875 square inches, that works out to $47,713.52 per square inch. At that price, the average American household could have spent their entire year’s income to buy about one square inch.[1] How did a piece of paper glued

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Tending God’s Vineyard

Not all of life’s important events happen on stormy seas. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest my family lived on an alluvial plain of the Southern California high desert. I gave orchard tending a try. It wasn’t large””only 24 trees. Our little acre had more rocks than soil, so planting one bare-root fruit tree took

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The hidden sources of church conflict

Pastor, can you pinpoint the hidden sources of conflict in your congregation? If not, how will you manage them? Thankfully, you’re not left to your own devices on this one! The Bible lays it out pretty clearly. I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that

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How do their lives fit God’s mission?

What do you tell the man who’s barely pays the family bills when he asks, “Pastor, how does this unrelenting financial pressure fit into what God’s doing in the world?” Or how do you comfort the single working mother who worries about bullies picking on her youngest at school? Pastor, do the members of your church

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