The 6 reasons, 6 dos and 2 don’ts of the reprimand

There are six reasons for a reprimand … 1) Values are disregarded. Your business or team might have a high value of being on time to meetings. If this is violated multiple times, it could easily be reason for a reprimand. 2) Rules have been broken. Your teenager knows his curfew, yet violates it regularly. […]

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5 common preaching mistakes & how to fix them

Preaching week after week, year after year, is extremely challenging. Doing so with any degree of consistency and excellence is even more challenging. No preacher is at his or her best every weekend. Personal matters and church issues can hurt preparation time. Sometimes, the well just seems dry. There’s no freshness, no zip on the […]

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4 keys to the first interview

Over my 25-plus years of ministry — I started when I was 10! — one quick realization was that hiring the right staff is crucial to any church. Obviously, good hiring applies to leaders of a volunteer organization, sports team or business, as well. One of the keys to a great hire is the first […]

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The happy debrief

“So, how did the project / event go?” When we ask for feedback, what we really want to hear is all the good stuff — People loved it! We were under budget! Better than expected! That was freaking awesome, and I can’t wait to do it again! Thank you all for your hard work, and […]

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The Playground

When you hear the word “playground,” what comes to mind? It takes me back to elementary school, waiting for the bell to ring for recess. Boom! I was out the doors and onto the playground. Every day was a new adventure. It could be a game of tag, kickball, who could go the farthest on […]

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Why your church needs more (often) announcements in worship

Most of us have entered the twilight zone of worship announcements at some point. A person approaches the pulpit with the same gait as one walking the plank. A piece of paper unfolds, multiple times. The throat clears … loudly. What follows is usually awkward, many times painful, and sometimes memorable in all the wrong […]

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Can churches grow in the summer?

Of course they can. In fact, churches should grow in the summer. However, they rarely do for one simple reason: Their leaders let down too much. Some churches I know do away with children’s ministry for the summer to give their teachers a rest. Others quit small groups or put virtually nothing on the church […]

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Multisite and church planting tools

The world of church multiplication has changed — and continues to change at an astounding rate. These are exciting times to be involved in the growth and multiplication of the local church. While I hear and read about how the church of North America is going to “Hell in a hand basket,” I don’t subscribe […]

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Driven to distraction

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Making the case for a church social media policy that prohibits texting while driving

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Memorial Day and remembrance

My grandparents called Memorial Day “Decoration Day.” Memorial Day dates back to three years after the Civil War (before their time), when the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. It is believed that date — […]

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