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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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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Just ask!

All of us know that in today’s work environment — and particularly in our larger organizations — we need to delegate authority and responsibility. We must learn how to delegate, as well as how to train and create environments where people who are close to the situation (and close to the customer) are the ones […]

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How does RLUIPA protect our church?

I recently sat down with Shaine Alleman, an experienced land use attorney in our Phoenix office to discuss the basics of a very important law …

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Leading through encouraging

A few years ago, I met the head of a successful software company at a conference in Los Angeles. His business card had his name and his title: “Chief Encouragement Officer.” This was a man who understood a lot about leadership and what it meant to become an encourager. Studies have shown that people are naturally attracted […]

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Culture wars

Recently, there has been a lot of commentary regarding ongoing culture wars. Apparently, there are many who believe that Christians in America are being targeted from all sides — from the White House, to the news media, to our educational institutions. It’s very likely that a cultural war has broken out, and many can find […]

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Signals for a maturing church

Is your church healthy or not? It’s a difficult question to answer. When people ask, I often reply, “What’s your definition of ‘healthy?’” There are many metrics that point to — or signal — the health of a congregation. If attendance has declined for 50 years and the church has not baptized anyone in 10 […]

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Worldviews at odds

Perspectives on the April 14 “Elaine photography case” U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let the lower court ruling stand

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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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