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Taking the Guesswork Out of Pastoral Selection

What would it be worth if you could pinpoint which pastor candidate will succeed in leading that stagnant church through turnaround? What would it do for your confidence as a member of that Pastor Search Team if you knew the candidate you’re recommending has what it takes to revitalize your church? How much easier would

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Praying the hard prayer for the sake of God’s mission

Would you intercede with the Lord on behalf of ISIS if your pastor asked you to? How would your congregation react if you told them to petition God to bless government officials who resist the church’s desire to expand? Praying for people that have insulted, injured or ruined us is the last image that comes

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Who says it’s not about the numbers?

What should you do first when someone says, “it’s not about the money”? That’s right. Reach for your wallet. Because it really is about the money. What should you do when a church leader says, “it’s not about the numbers”? Stop and think – carefully. Then ask them, “Why not?” Who says it’s not about

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Four Crucial (And Neglected) Issues for Church Greeters

It would be easy to come up with a list of 10 issues for church greeters. Some church gurus even offer them as a free download to join their mailing list! But my experience and observation is that four crucial issues are often neglected. 1.  Start with Greeters in the Parking Lot (or doors), and

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1 powerful tool for building turnaround leadership teams

The Birkman Method™ takes the guesswork out of building a great church staff! The light snapped on when he realized that “grabbing the bull by the horns” threatened his ministry colleague. The colleague saw the light when he realized that standing back, content to let his friend run things, contributed to the problem. Their three

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1 Key to Church Turnaround

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. After all, our church has been in sustained evangelistic prayer for more than a year. We followed Jesus’ instructions to “pray the Lord of the hardest to send out laborers into his harvest.” For the past year our church has been serving needs of those living in

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New Titles in Christian Leadership

Framework Leadership: Position Yourself for Transformational Change, Kent Ingle In Framework Leadership, Kent Ingle creates a framework of suggestions that provide clarity, direction, and purpose to transform your vision into reality. He will teach you how to develop an awareness of your driving passion, the discipline to see divine opportunities, and the courage to act. You’ve

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Churches Must Be Prepared for Vision

The caller was worried. The congregational vote on whether to call the preferred candidate as their next pastor was only a few days away, and significant opposition had arisen. He phoned me to ask how the church leaders, who unanimously supported the candidate, should respond. “What is the source of the opposition? I thought he

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Essentials of Church Revitalization

I have observed over the years two essential needs for church revitalization: a capable pastor and a willing congregation. Below you will discover two accounts of this truth. Trial to Triumph – One Pastor’s Revitalization Story Pastor “Buckman” (not his real name) accepted a call to his first church after graduating from Bible college, a

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