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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 […]

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Greg Curtis Offers Next Level Assimilation Insights For Your Church

by Rich Birch: Thanks so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have Greg Curtis with me, director of assimilation at Eastside Christian Church. Eastside Christian Church was founded in 1962 and was recently named the second fastest growing church in the country with […]

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Connecting New People Who Come to Your Church

by Carey Nieuwhof: Christine Birch has been part of three large churches in both Canada and the US. How do you connect people in a large church and how do you connect them at your church? Christine shares her experiences on both sides of the border as they apply to […]

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3 Online Ideas for Connecting in Your Community

by Patrick Bradley: Planting a church is about building relationships, and many friendships start online these days. Here are 3 online ideas for connecting in your community. So many of us are living in ever-growing metros and densely-populated areas, and yet we seem to have never felt so isolated and […]

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7 Unwritten Rules of Church Leadership

by Carey Nieuwhof: Things don’t always go the way you want them to in life. Church life is hardly an exception. I’ve been in church my entire life and in leadership for half that. So there are a few things I noticed that you may have noticed too. Leadership is hard and my […]

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From Preview to Launch

By Ron Sylvia: Have you ever attended a private movie screening or sneak preview? It’s a promotion strategy to create a buzz of excitement around a new movie before its general release. Similarly, one of the most effective strategies for starting a new church is the Preview Service. Like a private […]

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Do These 5 Things Now to Give Your Christmas Services More Impact

by Rich Birch: Christmas is a really big deal at your church. It’s the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and it also represents some of the largest services you may host all the year long. From this vantage point, all these weeks away from the crunch time, […]

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Challenges to Becoming a Multicultural Church

By Ed Stetzer: One of the biggest issues in our culture is race relations. I write about it often, and the latest #Charlottesville incident reminds us of the brokenness we face in this area. One of the biggest knocks on the Church is that 11:00 on Sunday morning is still the most segregated […]

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5 Simple Changes to Make Your Church More Unchurched Friendly – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: You got into the ministry to reach people with the timeless message of Jesus. At some time in your journey, you’ve probably shed tears over the fact that there are people in your community who don’t follow him. You didn’t get in this to keep the people […]