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4 Experiments to Run this Summer to Help Your Church This Fall – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Church leaders in prevailing churches think of themselves more like scientists testing theories than bakers applying a prescribed recipe. Rather than looking for the “perfect” strategy for your church, it’s better to consider your practices as a series of experiments and then watch the results. While it’s […]

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Assimilation in Ministry

By Ed Stetzer: For those in church leadership, the issue of assimilation typically comes with questions of effectiveness and strategy. Truth be told, there is no one-size-fits-all plan for assimilation in every church. That said, let me share a few of my thoughts. I’ll start with an analogy that, although not […]

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21 Easy Ways for Your Church to Be More First-Time Guest Friendly – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: This weekend new guests will arrive at your church. Some will be visiting for the very first time, and they will want to know what your church looks like on a regular weekend. Church leaders who want to make a difference always look at how to make […]

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Practical Help For Developing Your Church’s Team Culture with Lee Coate – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re in for a treat today with Lee Coate, the executive pastor in charge of ministry and media at The Crossing Christian Church in Las Vegas. The Crossing began in 2000 as a partner plant coming out of […]

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5 Actions Your Church Needs to Make Way More Convenient – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: I was struck by Tim Wu’s column in the New York Times called “The Tyranny of Convenience” a few months ago and it has stuck with me. Core to the thesis of this article is that convenience is at the center of what drives humans today. The […]

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All About Multisite: Campus Growth Barriers, Multisite vs. Church Planting & Leadership Development – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from […]

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5 Tell-Tale Signs Your Church Is Geared to Insiders, Not Outsiders

by Carey Nieuwhof: Pretty much every church leader I talk to says they long to reach their community. After all, the church is one of the only missions on the planet that exists for the sake of its non-members. But there’s a strange tension to which leaders are often blind: as […]

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Do You Need Temporary Launch Team Members?

by Patrick Bradley: You may need to find some temporary launch team members if you find yourself short a few hands as you gear up for the launch of your worship gatherings. Building a Launch Team is hard work. Some planters get a head start through several families coming with […]

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What you need to do for your Christmas service

by Peyton Jones:  This week Pete Mitchell and I take a look at what you need to do for your Christmas service. To get straight to listening click here and to download in iTunes click here. It’s Christmas time which means Christmas services and Christmas services means you may be getting people that do not normally […]

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5 Ways Churches That Want to Break the 1,000 Barrier Stay Personal & Relational

by Rich Birch: The only people who like big churches are pastors. One of the paradoxes that churches face as they grow beyond 1,000 in attendance is that they actually need to act more like a small church in some ways. The “competition” of large and growing churches is actually […]