Why every church should move toward cultural and racial diversity

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This issue of diversity is not only a demographic reality, it’s a gospel reality. What humanity segregates, God brings back together. Our churches should reflect this demographic change. Indeed, the church should lead with this demographic change.

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3 unreasonable expectations pastors have of their churches

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I’ve seen these unreasonable expectations in churches with a low view of membership, as well as churches with a high view of membership. I’m guilty of all three.

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The difference between curious leaders and caring leaders

Leaders in churches with more than a few hundred people can’t possibly care for each individual. The issue isn’t whether a leader personally invests in each person, but his / her default posture and tone.

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What leadership transparency encourages: 4 outcomes

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Transparency is a healthy leadership characteristic. But why? In the context of a local church, what does a transparent pastor encourage, as opposed to one who is not?

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6 ways pastors can find work balance

Pastors are a notorious bunch when it comes to work. Here are 6 tips for helping these workaholics find a better work balance.

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Why local influence is more essential than a national platform

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Pastor A has a top-ranked podcast, a book deal from a well-known publisher, and 150,000 Twitter followers.

Pastor B is the secretary at the local Rotary Club, is the assistant football coach at the middle school, and recently joined a bowling league.

Both pastors have influence. Both are doing God’s will. Both enjoy their callings.

I will make a bold statement: Pastor B’s local influence is ultimately more vital to church health than Pastor A’s national platform.

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The big Baby Boomer opportunity

The Boomers are now 30 again. They doubled-up on years and are entering their 60s. From this point until 2030, about 10,000 Boomers will retire every day. The leadership baton is passing to Millennials. A new people are beginning to lead churches. As one among the oldest of my generation (I was born in 1980), I have been the first Millennial pastor of a few churches, following Boomer pastors in leadership. Like a lot of new, younger pastors, I inherited a large population of Boomers in my congregation. We are left with a key question: What should we do with all these Baby Boomers?

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Leader: Are you an analyst or a catalyst?

Good leaders are both analysts and catalysts. Leaders must accurately describe reality. Leaders must create for a better future. An analyst has a proper understanding of present reality. A catalyst knows what to create for a better future. The analyst helps followers understand the present. The catalyst inspires followers to move towards the future.

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2 unseen benefits of being an established church

The “established” side of the established church is often viewed with some derision. I certainly understand why.The establishment can be stodgy, stuck and stuffy. Being established, however, is what you make it.

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How to select a mission partner

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The requests come through different means — email, in-person, lunch meetings, over coffee, phone calls, and social media. The asks all differ slightly, but the spirit of most of them is the same: Will you support my ministry?

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