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The last couple of years have been among the hardest ministry years for most pastors.  So many of us are ready to turn the page. You certainly don’t me to give you a list of all the difficult things you’ve dealt with.  You’ve lived it. But I’m also sensing a …

Leadership Development is a top priority, but it rarely happens.  To actually develop the leaders God has assigned to your church, you need two things: cadence and content. Our Leadership Development Plan helps you create a clear cadence while LeaderPulse gives you all of the necessary content to encourage, lead, …

I'm often asked by pastors “of all the things I have to do, what is most important right now?” It’s a difficult question to answer because it could vary depending on the church. What is most important for one person may not be as important for another. But what I …

Why creating space for play will move your ministry forward You set a big goal, started a new ministry, developed a new system. Whatever the mountain was that you recently climbed, it was a lot of work and you invested a lot to climb it. But you did it. Either …

We hear this question from pastors all the time…  How do we develop more leaders?  It’s an important question. Because the health and growth of a church is often tied to the health and growth of leaders. If your leaders are giving generously, the people in the church often follow. …

I’m passionate about this topic because I remember all the hard work that went into writing a new sermon every week.   The average pastor spends 10 ½ hours writing, preparing, and presenting their weekend message. That’s a lot of time, research, knowledge, prayer, and preparation. Almost as soon as …

Most books, articles, and podcasts addressing growth barriers deal with visible and tactical issues. You’ll read about changing worship style to attract a younger generation. You’ll read about adding service times when you’re 80% full. And while worship style, aging facility, service times, parking lot and website are important issues, …

Senior Pastor's Guide to Stewardship

Karl Vaters, author of The Grasshopper Myth and an author/advocate for small churches, says, “Church growth should always be a part of every pastor’s prayers, passion and strategy.” Pastors should want their churches to reach more people. But that’s not the only kind of church growth in the Bible. Here …

Mention the phrase “church growth” and you’ll hear a variety of opinions. On one hand, you’ll find people who promise seven simple steps to explode growth now or organizations that will reveal the secret to growth for three easy payments of $97. And on the other hand, there are writers …

Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year. But often as a Pastor or Church Staff member, it can feel more like chaos than calm.   By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin On average, Pastor’s spend 10 ½ hours preparing each message. …

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