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4 reasons church leaders need to slow down »

One of the worst feelings in the world is seeing those flashing red-and-blue lights in your rear-view mirror signaling that you're being pulled over by a police officer. More often than not, those lights indicate that you were driving too fast for the road you were on ... at least…

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The missing ingredient in church leadership »

In the 1970s, one researcher noted: “There are almost as many different definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept.” According to these definitions, leadership is influence, power, mobilization, motivation, processes, inspiration, among many others. The same could be said of the church: “There are…

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Israel: the planning process –10 tips for faith-based travelers »

Whether it’s your first trip to Israel or your tenth, one thing is certain: Planning well — in advance — is essential for a truly transformative experience in the Land of the Bible.…

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An introduction to church facility stewardship »

I’m a firm believer that everything on earth belongs to God. Our money. Our houses. Our cars. The word of God. Our families. The people we encounter — and the facilities in which we worship. God has entrusted us with the stewarding of all these items. For me, stewardship is less…

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Using 360-degree evaluations for improved performance »

In work or professional settings, the best feedback is face-to-face. However, I have found it is very difficult and utopian to expect that everyone will act this way. As a result, we have implemented the use of 360 feedback as a part of our annual reviews and, on occasion, as…

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Project team member combinations to avoid »

In the world of church facility construction, renovation and development, there are several integral roles and responsibilities that are required for every project. They might or might not be paid professionals for each role, but they are present and the responsibilities to the project are no less important. Here are…

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3 leadership practices every young minister can do right now »

I recently had coffee with a young(er) minister. He asked a great question: What can I do right now? The young minister (he’s around 20) wanted to know how he could lead better. Starting today. He caught me a bit off guard. After all, leadership is learned and refined over…

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Stop worrying about Millennials »

Everyone is buzzing over the new Pew Research study that suggests Millennials are continuing to leave Christianity for the ranks of the “nones” (the religiously unaffiliated). A closer look at the data shows the bulk of the slide has occurred within Mainline Christian denominations and Catholicism, with Evangelical Protestants essentially…

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Appropriate boundaries for a healthy relationship with children »

We frequently ask ourselves questions such as, “What’s an acceptable way to show affection to youth in my care?” or “How should I react if a child runs up for a hug?” These are important questions, because boundaries promote a lifetime of healthy relationships.…

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PHASE 4: Commitment »

For church leaders, preparing for a capital campaign “commitment service” is similar to football coaches preparing for the Super Bowl. Here, Paul Gage weighs in on how to maximize this giving experience.…

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4 reasons church leaders need to slow down

One of the worst feelings in the world is seeing those flashing red-and-blue lights in your rear-view mirror signaling that you're being pulled over by a police officer. More often than not, those lights indicate that you were driving too fast for the road you were on ... at least…

6-2-15 / No Comment / Read More »
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The missing ingredient in church leadership

In the 1970s, one researcher noted: “There are almost as many different definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept.” According to these definitions, leadership is influence, power, mobilization, motivation, processes, inspiration, among many others. The same could be said of the church: “There are…

6-2-15 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Appropriate boundaries for a healthy relationship with children

We frequently ask ourselves questions such as, “What’s an acceptable way to show affection to youth in my care?” or “How should I react if a child runs up for a hug?” These are important questions, because boundaries promote a lifetime of healthy relationships.…

5-13-15 / No Comment / Read More »
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Social media risk — a spot check for the church?

Recently, I convened a panel of experts for a conversation about where the Church stands relative to capitalizing on the remarkable evangelization opportunity of social media. The key questions: • Are churches actually embracing social media? • If so, how are they doing managing the risks? • How can churches establish boundaries as they…

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PASTOR-FRIENDLY VIDEO — Case study: Saddleback Church

Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, hosts more than 20,000 people in weekly attendance. Throughout the week, this globally recognized church offers five services and a number of different events, including concerts, workshops and other studies and seminars. The church was looking to upgrade its facility as part of its…

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Understanding loudspeaker systems — what’s right for your church?

Though your church’s audio system is comprised of a lot of different components, loudspeakers are arguably the most significant. As the final link between the message and the listener, the right loudspeaker system can make the difference between indifference and inspiration.…

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Israel: the planning process –10 tips for faith-based travelers

Whether it’s your first trip to Israel or your tenth, one thing is certain: Planning well — in advance — is essential for a truly transformative experience in the Land of the Bible.…

5-27-15 / No Comment / Read More »
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The Israel Experience: Closer Than You Think

For people of faith, the appeal of a trip to Israel is timeless. To walk where Jesus walked, and to experience the Land of the Bible, is an experience like no other. It is also an unparalleled fellowship opportunity — a journey that can begin, for a church-based travel group, well…

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The CE Interview: MARI BETH POOR — finding solutions by serving

As iServe pastor, Mari Beth Poor oversees the “on the mountain” ministries that enhance the overall experience of people attending Sunday worship services at Mountaintop Community Church. These include guest services, student ministries, children’s ministry, and worship and media. She also leads the church’s “off the mountain” community efforts and…

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