Three Negative Messages You Send When You’re Late

How is it that some people are never late and others always are? How can an issue always arise that creates the conditions for being late? There may a few good reasons, but overall, the leader sends some certain messages … Continued

5 High Impact Last Minute Christmas Ideas For Pastors

“I can’t believe it’s December!”  I’ve heard it more than once. Time flies when you’re having fun and things really ramp up in the church during this season.  Maybe you’re behind in planning.  Or maybe you just want to do … Continued

5 Good Things That Can Happen When People Leave The Church

  “I have never seen a church turn around without losing some members. Usually it’s two or three that want to leave and they take fifteen or so others with them.”  Bill Easum People leave churches for a variety of … Continued

Are Your Church Members Customers or Employees?

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I can’t help but think of the church as I’m reading Leading at a Higher Level by Ken Blanchard.  The stories of turning customers into “raving fans” are inspiring and powerful. I understand that the church is a unique, supernatural … Continued

Church staff roles must be focused

The healthiest leaders know that focusing on doing what they do best will generate the most productive outcome.  And as each person succeeds at doing their part well, the department grows. In a larger church staff, the roles are often … Continued

Ministry Determined By Location

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I had the opportunity to worship at the Chicago Temple, First UMC in downtown Chicago. There is a ton of great history with this church, which still boast the highest steeple above street level in the world and the highest … Continued

How Are Leaders Made?

Leaders are developed most naturally through these three means:  Relationship – Leadership quality people have almost always had a solid relationship with someone who mentored and showed them the way.  Whether it was a family member, a parent or other … Continued

5 Ways for the Church to Reach Out to People Driving By…

Your people, your building  and your website are the three main ways the non church going people in your community develop an impression of your church – most likely in that order. Let’s talk about the second one for a moment. … Continued

7 Characteristics of an Effective Church Office

The church office can be structured in a million different ways.  I have been in churches where the office staff is numerous, but the hallways are very solemn and quiet.  I have been in church offices with very few staff … Continued

Old Tennis Shoes and Change

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I have a favorite pair of tennis shoes.  They are unique.  They were cheap.  They have lasted and they are comfortable.  However, it’s come to a point that a decision must be made.  I have already changed the insert pads … Continued