Category Archives: Congregational Life

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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Why some pastors are better leaders than others

It’s no secret: some pastors do better than others. They enjoy ministry more, their churches seem to thrive, whatever their size. So what does it take? Here’s my take on the four basic principles pastors can utilize to step up …

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Are you considering this…BEFORE you post?

Wow. Social media is crazy right now. And it reminds me of one key component that most people are bypassing. Before you spend ANY time (or any more time) on social media, whatever the platform, it’s important to think about …

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Lead like Moses: Dealing with Resistance

I’ve been thinking about Moses’ leadership. I love the Bible: It doesn’t tie things up into a neat little package. Moses’ story is not like a church leadership manual. No quick fixes – it takes 40 years! I was talking …

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Four Ways for Pastors to Build Relationships at Church

It’s common for pastors to be so busy and hurried that relationship building falls to the wayside. But if you keep it front and center, you’ll be amazed at how so many other pieces fall into place. To break it …

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Five signs you don’t take a church conflict seriously enough

It’s possible to take church conflict too seriously – or not seriously enough. In some church conflicts, it is vital for the pastor and other key leaders to take a stand and say, in essence, “You can’t act like that …

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Are you too generous at church?

Is it possible to be too generous? I think so. Church leaders can be too generous with their money, their time, and their forgiveness, in ways that are not good for them or the people they are being “generous” with. …

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What is your purpose this Advent?

It’s not too late to consider your purpose at church this Advent. At this point you may say, “to survive.” Or, “I don’t have time to think about my purpose! We have to finish the budget, or I have to …

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Six lies about money church leaders tell themselves

Here are six things church leaders often say about money that aren’t true. Strictly speaking, they aren’t lies, since often those leaders believe them to be true. They all get in the way of finding the resources you need to …

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Are you feeling left out? Three things for church leaders to remember

Sometimes pastors and church staff get left out: when the trustees meet and don’t tell you. When you walk into a room and people immediately get quiet. The classic parking lot meeting. What’s going on here? A triangle occurs when …

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