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6 Great Reasons to Network in Your Community

by Patrick Bradley: Networking is when you’re meeting with civic officials, business leaders, community groups, nonprofits, etc. Here are 6 great reasons to go network in your community today. I’m sure I don’t have hard numbers to prove it, but I would argue that there’s a tangible difference in the […]

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“What Do You Want?”: Pastoral Reflections on Faithfulness

by Aaron Menikoff: Ambition is intoxicating. A few years ago I came close—a couple times—to having a book picked up by a premier, academic publisher. I’m not sure what bothered me more: the fact that both publishers ultimately turned me down, or the fact that I cared so much. Even […]

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5 Ways Tracking Church Attendance Messes With Your Soul

by Carey Nieuwhof: If you’ve spent more than 10 minutes in church leadership, you’re aware of the tension that tracking church attendance creates inside you and around you. Sure, for starters, the way other leaders talk about numbers is an easy gateway for criticism (He’s totally obsessed with numbers). But […]

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The Power of Brutally Honest Self-Evaluation

by Brandon A. Cox: I don’t always like the truth. That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with truth. It means there’s something deficient in me. What I do like… is comfort. I like to feel like things are okay. And there’s at least a 70% chance you’re like me in […]

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5 Honest Struggles Most Church Leaders Don’t Want To Admit

by Carey Nieuwhof: Most of us who get into full-time ministry do so because we sense a calling, not because it was a ‘career path’. Chances are you got in this because you love God, deeply, right? So it’s always a bit surprising and unusual then when ministry leaders find […]

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5 Steps for Leading Yourself as a Church Planter

By Dustin Neeley:  There are many resources provided to Christian pastors that instruct how to lead your church well or lead your family well. However, there seems to be a lack of advice when it comes to leading yourself well. If you’re not leading yourself well, you can’t lead your […]

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5 Mistakes I Made as a Church Planter

By Dustin Neeley:  Many people share in the success stories of their church plants. Many church planters are quick to tell you the great things happening at their current campus. As encouraging as those stories are, it’s equally as important to hear about the mistakes that people made in their […]

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3 Ways Great Leaders Handle Tough Circumstances Differently

by Carey Nieuwhof: Circumstances. You face them every day, you are always reacting to them–positively or negatively. Think about it. What situations in your life do you wish would change right now? A different work environment that doesn’t suck the life out of you Better health A happier marriage A closer […]

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Are You an Organizational Leader or a Shepherd? (10 Easy Ways To Tell)

by Carey Nieuwhof: So are you an organizational leader, or are you more of a relational leader—a shepherd? It’s an interesting question, and a highly polarizing one in the church today. Ditto for this blog. Just check out the impassioned comments on this post, where I argue the church today […]

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The Blessings and Burdens of A Church Planter’s Wife

by Gloria Furman: No two church planting wives are the same. Our unique church contexts, seasons, personalities, challenges, gifts, perspectives, and preferences could fill volumes. WHAT’S DIFFERENT If you sat down for chai with Ananya in Ahmedabad and asked her to discuss the blessings and burdens of being a church […]