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Pastors, here’s how to help your leaders grow

Are your leaders growing? It’s critical to help them develop, and to develop your relationship with them.. You can’t do the ministry without them. Here are three ways to work on it. Spend time with them. Touch base with them …

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What every pastor ought to know about money

Here are five important things about money every pastor ought to know. Any one of them can be difficult to learn depending on your background, life experience and aptitude. This is not a 5 quick tips article. However, over time …

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Are you proud of your ministry?

Whether the launching of a new outreach ministry, dedication of a new building, or simply the completion of a particularly successfully program year, you might feel proud of yourself and your people. You did something together! Your heart swells as …

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Ready for better communication at church? Try this.

Historically, churches have always struggled with communication. Whether it’s trying to let people know about new programs, or recruiting coordinating volunteers, to communicating the vision–we face a long list of communication challenges. Pastors I coach say, “We need a communications …

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Can you recognize four signs of a church troublemaker?

Do you know how to watch out for a potential problem person at church? It’s not the most fun thing to do, but being aware and alert about this can help save you lots of heartache in the future. To …

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Have a blessed time of preparation for Easter

As you approach these last days of Holy Week and prepare for the celebration of Easter in your community, please know you are in my prayers. Here’s a blessing designed to offer at the end of the Easter service. I …

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Who’s supporting you?

Are you ready? This year is coming at us, seemingly faster than most. It feels like everyone is on overdrive and there’s this consistent push to react and reply. So how do we, as ministry leaders, turn away from that …

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When money brought me to my knees

I love having you in my community of leaders. And frequently when I write to you, I think about the challenges of ministry, identify a topic, and come up with a series of action steps to remedy or support it. …

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How do you stack up?

Every year for the past five years, I’ve intentionally carved out time to do a self-evaluation. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s provided a framework for me to address my internal criticisms and honestly acknowledge my …

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Do you interrupt yourself?

Grrrr…interruptions are the bane of pastoral ministry. It can be hard to get anything done when a church member pops into your office or sends an urgent text message, or a staff member says, “I just need five minutes of …

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