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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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Episode 232: Planting with a Multigenerational Approach

by NewChurches.com: How do you encourage age diversity in your new campus? In Episode 232 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss the need for multiple generations in a church body, and how to encourage that as you plant a new campus or church. Here’s Tim with today’s question: […]

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How to Attract and Keep Amazing Volunteers You Can’t Afford to Pay

by Carey Nieuwhof: You’ve probably fallen into the trap of thinking that the only way you can attract and keep great people is to pay them. It’s a natural way to think when you’re in leadership. First of all, that’s not true. And second, if you lead a church, there’s no […]

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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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5 Reasons Kids’ Ministry is So Important to Churches that Want to Break the 1,000 Barrier

by Rich Birch: Churches that grow beyond 1,000 in attendance are today among a radical minority. In fact, 98% of all churches never reach this size. During my interaction with hundreds of churches that have been able to overcome this barrier, I have realized that they present several striking common […]

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Things You Need to Know Before Offering Gluten-Free Communion

by Patrick Bradley: Awareness of food allergies and dietary restrictions have been on the rise. With all the clamor about gluten-free this and gluten-free that, here are some things you need to know if you’re going to offer gluten-free communion. I went to the grand opening of a church plant […]

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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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6 Mistakes I Made as a Church Planter

By Mark Dance: One of the greatest joys of my ministry was planting a church in northeast Tennessee in 1991. I made several mistakes, which hopefully you can learn from the easy way, through my pain, not yours. These are not the only mistakes I made in the ten years I […]