THINK LIKE A CHURCH PLANT AND GROW (EIGHT ATTRIBUTES)

I have been in many churches over the years.  I have visited established churches – churches that have been around for many decades.  And I have also been in several young church plants. Over the years, I have found myself saying that a church plant can learn a lot from an established church. But, an established church … Read more

9 Proven Ways To Get A New Idea

New ideas are great.  They are the seed to possibilities.  If you have 50 new thoughts or ideas this year and say, only 12 of them come together and pan out to something – that’s one amazing possibility a month! So, begin practicing getting new ideas!  Here are nine proven ways to get started: 1) Assessment of your life … Read more

Six Ways Church Staff Team Members Can Influence The Church

Does the staff influence the church more or does the church influence the staff more? Obviously, they both happen to some degree, but this question has been on my mind.  In this post, I will focus on the ways church staff and leaders can help shape the church: 1. Through Prayer – It’s the obligation of … Read more

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 when they are late. I’m far from perfect in this regard, but I do have … Read more

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 something a little different.  Here are five high impact ideas that you still have time … Read more

Are Your Church Members Customers or Employees?

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 institution and that God’s Spirit can work in mighty ways even in our lack of … Read more

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 more delineated.  Many times, because there are more staff in place, the jobs are broken … Read more

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 significant person, a relationship is at the core of a leader’s effectiveness.  If you love … Read more