Pastor Coaching 101: What it is — and what it looks in practice

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By Shawn Lovejoy Seminary didn’t prepare us for this. Personnel issues. Hiring. Alignment. Firing. Culture. Vision. Systems. Multiple staff. Multiple campuses. Leadership development. Dealing with growth. Spurring new growth. Financial management. And that doesn’t even cover it all! The ministry world today is so complex. Good news! There are more resources available to us than […]

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Succession planning: how to prepare the church for a new pastor

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The pastoral search is not an easy process. Often, church leaders are inadequately prepared to handle pastoral transition. Nevertheless, change is inevitable.

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What you *don’t* know about giving can kill your ministry potential

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Every church leader recognizes that there are times when we must adapt the way we do ministry. But, when it comes to giving, we’re not always so quick to adapt.

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4 reasons why churches choose to launch in rented venues

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How can churches quickly, effectively launch new campuses without the cost, upkeep & space limitations of permanent spaces? By renting alternative venues in the communities they want to reach.

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The Church Executive “Leadership Library” — 9 GREAT Books for Pastors

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A curated collection of great books for pastors   Reaching Millennials By David Stark In Reaching Millennials, successful church consultant David Stark shares proven, practical methods for churches to attract and engage young people. Based on principles that built the early church, Stark’s strategies help leaders utilize their church’s strengths and show how churches can […]

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Igniting hearts through miracles & healing

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Raised in a traditional Baptist home, Timothy Berry thought his path in life was to become an engineer. That all changed at age 19, when a calling from God radically altered his course. Berry began to intensely pursue a deeper experience and understanding of God’s love, presence and power. He moved to California to study under […]

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From John Maxwell: How character breeds perspective

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By John Maxwell Joseph puts his entire life in perspective in the final chapter of Genesis. During the height of a terrible famine, his brothers humbly come before him and bow down, just he had predicted decades earlier. When Joseph’s brothers realized that the one that they had betrayed could now do with them what […]

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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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3 ways outreach projects can impact generosity at your church

Outreach campaigns must play a central role in EVERY church’s stewardship ministry. (Even the ones struggling to make ends meet each month.) Here’s why — and how.

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3 things “churches in the shadows” can learn from megachurches

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Not every small church in the country is destined to become a megachurch, nor should it be. Nearly 90% of all churchgoers attend much smaller churches and obviously enjoy the size, fellowship and ministry they find there. Even so, here are some things we can learn from the megachurches, and which are likely to contribute to continued health and vitality, if not attendance growth.

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