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11 Questions to Diagnose Church Health

What does a healthy church look like? How does a healthy church function? Between examining the New Testament Church in God’s word, my personal experience in healthy church families, and then seeing/experiencing healthy churches—there are biblical qualities of health that clearly rise to the surface. In the list below, the operative words are: growing, increasing,…

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Develop Problem-Solvers — Leading Healthy Change Part 8

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change.” In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is,” and managing the tension between “what is” and “what could be.” In Part Three we began discussing the first two of six steps in the process—building healthy relationships and communicating effectively. In Part…

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“Dead Church” in Six Simple Steps

I recently came across a powerful quote from an 18th century English pastor named Job Orton. Ironically, he wrote to the ministers of his day about doctrinal compromise. The struggles of churches nearly 300 years ago are the struggles of churches today. Read what he says: “I have long since found (and every year that…

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How to Make This Sunday Awesome!

Do you love your church? Do you help your church to thrive? Do you cooperate with your church family to make every Sunday as powerful as it can be for as many people as possible? Have you considered what you could do to make this Sunday even better? Here are some “two-degree” shifts that you can make…

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How Jesus Confronts My Leadership Heart

I’ve never had a conversation with God in which His voice was audible. But I’ve had many where His voice was clear. As a spiritual leader, my daily conversation with God is often drawn by His Spirit back to recurring themes. As Jesus asked His disciples “Who do you say that I am?” or “Will you also…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 7

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change.” In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and managing the tension between “what is” and “what could be.” In Part Three we began discussing the first two of six steps in the process—building healthy relationships and communicating effectively. In Part…

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Why You Can be Thankful for Criticism

Do you ever face criticism? Some critics are compassionate and purely motivated—I’ve written about which ones I receive here. I’ve also written about qualities of unjust criticism, here, and why leaders should care about criticism, here. Today I want to take a different view—and not because I’m presently receiving any criticism. I have in the past,…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 6

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change”—we essentially discovered that spiritual growth is change, and if you resist change, you’re resisting the work of what the power of the gospel actually does! In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and managing the tension between…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 3

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change.” In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and managing the tension between “what is” and “what could be.” Mismanaging that tension will dramatically affect your attitude as a leader—which dramatically impacts everything else….

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10 Ways to Strengthen Your Church This Christmas!

Do you love your church? Jesus does! Jesus loved the church enough to die. Do we love Him and His church enough to live? To give? To really make His bride a high priority in our lives? Here are ten simple ways that you could greatly strengthen your church this season and in the new…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 2

Click here to read part one of “Leading Healthy Change” Part Two: “What Is” Is Pretty Special In part one of this series I asked these questions: As a leader, should you lead change? Can you effectively lead change? Do you feel equipped or able to lead change? Do you see things that need to…

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Leading Healthy Change Part 1

A Series of Posts on Transformational Servant Leadership As a leader, should you lead change? Can you effectively lead change? Do you see things that need to change? Good. This is a series of blog posts for you. Over several parts, we will explore how to effectively, biblically lead toward healthy change. I hope you will…

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Monday Encouragement for Ministry Friends

It’s Monday morning. For a pastor, that’s a low time of the week—generally speaking. The typical demons of doubt and second-guessing attempt to do their work— “Did anything I said yesterday make sense?” “Did anything in the message actually help people?” “Were they thinking of the truth or the time?” The accuser tries to get…

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Tell His Story through Your Story…

There’s hardly a scarier and more intimidating thing to do in the Christian life than to speak up and share your faith with a lost person. Every Christian believes that the gospel should be shared with every person on the planet, but also, most Christians struggle with actually “sharing it.” There is perhaps no greater…

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How to Validate God’s Call…

God’s will—how do you know when and how to step out in faith? God’s will is big. It’s also unknown. It’s wonderful. It’s also scary. And being certain that you are in God’s will is critical having the confidence to go forward. Perhaps you’re standing on the shore-line, looking out at the vast unknown that represents “God’s…

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How Leaders Can Foster Resentment

If you are a leader, you’re probably not planning to foster resentment or to hurt people. But you might be on a road that leads there, and not know it. May I begin with this quantifier: resentment is always a bad choice and never justified. Those who become resentful are making a choice to respond wrongfully. Never-the-less, do…

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Make Meetings Great Again!

Ministry involves a lot of meetings. We meet for church, for fellowship, for planning, for relationships, for outreach, for discipleship. We meet with church family, with staff, with guests. We meet for lots of reasons and in lots of contexts. How are your meetings? Do people want to attend? Are they well done? Well planned?…

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Old Testament Giving and Real Christian Living

This post is a bit outside of my normal subject matter, but I invite you to hang with me! (This is a simplified view of old Testament offerings, not designed to be a comprehensive study.) Have you ever been mind-boggled by all the terms and varying kinds of sacrifices and offerings in the Old Testament?…

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Why Nobody Can Rationally Deny Jesus’ Resurrection

Here are TEN quick reasons why nobody can really, rationally deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is absolutely plausible… 1. Nobody expected it—not even His closest followers. 2. Nobody would have invented it—The cleverest fiction writer wouldn’t have contrived this story, and least of all a bunch of uneducated, perplexed disciples….

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How My Heart Responds to EBC’s 100th Anniversary

This week, Emmanuel celebrates 100 years of gospel ministry. I write this post for two reasons: First, I ask that readers please pray for our special weekend as we lift up Jesus to many guests and give God glory. Second, I want to reflect on the personal aspects of God’s work in my own heart…

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