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Ten Tips on Church Growth

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Sometimes we make ministry harder than it should be. Now, I’m not saying it’s easy. We all know that’s not true. I’m just saying, it’s usually not as complicated as we make it out to be. I’m guessing that most small town churches could see substantial growth by just doing a few of the things […]

Smoke Machines in Church?

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My teenage son, Justin, had been invited to an area church by a friend. Since he had grown up as a PK (pastor’s kid) and had never been to a megachurch like this before, I wondered what impression it might give him. Sure enough, soon after his experience, Justin asked me a question: “Why do […]

Counseling the Couple Who Has Had It

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Chances are, you have many women or couples in your congregation or ministry who are frustrated and ready to give up on their marriage. They are tired of trying. Their minds are nearly made up. They have truly “had it.” But before they walk away from what they once hoped would last forever, here is […]

Three Ways to Recharge Your Spiritual Battery

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Do you know what it’s like to feel spiritually dry? Do you ever wonder if you’re going through the motions? Maybe you feel as if you’ve stopped moving, spiritually, altogether. We all have times when we need to be refreshed, refueled, and re-energized in our relationship with God. We can get so busy doing things […]

Top-Five Social Media Tips for Pastors

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Many churches are using social media to enhance their ministries. From pastor blog posts and podcasts to Facebook shares and Retweets, social media continues to be a powerful tool for pastors. A January 2017 report from the Pew Research Center revealed that around seven-in-ten Americans use social media to connect with one another, engage in […]

4 Questionable Practices in Small Groups

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In leading small groups and tracking trends over the last 25 years, I’ve done all kinds of things to recruit leaders and get people connected into groups. Some of those things, I had to apologize for. Others, I simply avoided from the start. While this post is not meant to cast aspersions on other well-meaning […]