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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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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The Monday Rule

The simple implementation of the Monday rule can change the climate of your church for the better significantly. NVC has worked, unofficially, at creating a “Monday Rule” culture. We’ve never stated it officially, but is understood by most of our people nonetheless because we have encouraged it from our beginning. Staff abides by it, as […]

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Avoid these 5 staffing mistakes

“The single most important thing great companies did that good companies didn’t was make superb people decisions.” That was from Jim Collins at the Catalyst West conference last year. Collins is one of my favorites — OK, my favorite — author on leadership from a business perspective. The research his team has done over the […]

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Learning from the greatest coaches

One place few pastors look for leadership wisdom is in the realm of coaching. I love reading books by coaches. Books by John Wooden, Pete Carroll, Phil Jackson, Joe Torre and others are a part of my library. Some of the best leadership lesson I’ve gleaned over the years have been from coaches — my […]

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Do you believe in those you’re leading?

People are led best by people who believe in them.

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10 things I’ve learned from starting a new church

I have a friend who has started a new church.

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Consistent is better than extraordinary

That’s why you’re alive. That’s what sustained you and allowed all of the other things to happen.

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My top 5 books of 2013

By Tim Spivey, lead planter of New Vintage Church (San Diego) It’s time for everyone to start putting their “lists” out there. Not everyone enjoys these posts; I do. I like reading what others found to be particularly helpful, because it helps me get to know them a bit better and to cut through some […]

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How does your church view staff?

I hate the word “staff” because it’s a rather mechanical, de-personified way to refer to those who feel called the serve the Lord and His Church in a special way. But, you know what I mean. In my experience, churches (and each individual Christian) have a view of staff — a culture — that might […]

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