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6 Things That Make Ministry Harder Than It Was A Decade Ago

by Carey Nieuwhof: Ever feel like ministry is harder than it was a decade ago? You’re not alone. I am an eternal optimist when it comes to the church, but I agree that ministry is more challenging than it’s ever been. Understanding why is key to figuring out what to do and how […]

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7 Signs Your Church Is (Finally) Reaching Unchurched People

by Carey Nieuwhof: So as a church leader you have a desire to reach new people with the good news of Jesus. But how do you know your church is really finally (truly) reaching the unchurched? First, you can (and should) use data to find out whether you are attracting transfer […]

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Why Pretty Much Every Church Leader Needs Marriage Counselling

By Sarah Piercy: I spent 10 years in the dating world searching for and imagining my perfect husband.  My husband spent 3 years married to someone else before he married me.  And he’s never casually dated.  Ever.  (The journey of each of our healing, redemption and love for one another is […]

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CNLP 193: Clay Scroggins on How the Digital Disruption is Changing Everything For Churches and Businesses

by Carey Nieuwhof: There’s no question we’re undergoing one of the biggest transformations in history, but the digital disruption that’s happening around us every day has caught most church and business leaders off guard. Clay talks about how large and small organizations are missing out on one of the greatest […]

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A False Spiritual Maturity Test For Your Church…and a Better One

by Carey Nieuwhof: One of the frequent criticisms I hear of churches that are trying to reach people who don’t attend church is that they fail to produce ‘disciples’. Honestly, this is a criticism that, off and on, has been levied at our ministry for years. And it bothers me. On a recent […]

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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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7 Very Possible Reasons You’re Losing Your Audience When You Speak

by Carey Nieuwhof: If there’s one thing you never set out to be as a leader or communicator, it’s to lose the audience. And yet everyone who communicates, preaches or even tries to persuade someone of an idea has discovered that sinking sense that you’ve lost them. You’re just not connecting and you […]

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Rapid Multiplication Approach to Multisite Expansion with Chris Hankins – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have Chris Hankins with me, the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Point Church has about 17 services across 9 locations on Sundays. With a total attendance of between 1500-2000 […]

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CNLP 192: Caleb Kaltenbach on How to Embrace an Outraged and Polarized Culture Most Leaders No Longer Like

by Carey Nieuwhof: In a polarized culture filled with a growing number of angry people, how do you find your voice, counter arguments and keep your sanity? Messy Grace author Caleb Kaltenbach is back with a fresh look on how to embrace a culture of outrage and division. Conservatives and […]

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Do Church Boards Have to Use Robert’s Rules of Order?

by Patrick Bradley: A church planter challenged me recently on whether church boards have to use Robert’s Rules of Order to conduct meetings. I started digging around and opened a whole can of worms. His question came from a common place: I haven’t met a church planter yet that likes […]