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Finding the Pathway To True Wisdom In A Land Of Relativism

by Jim Putman: What is wisdom? The dictionary defines wisdom as the ability to discern what is true or right. This is a problematic definition for me because our modern culture believes that what is right for you is right for you and what is right for me is right for me. So–how do we discern what […]

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Why Cool Church Doesn’t Work Anymore (More on the Future Church)

by Carey Nieuwhof: Everything has its season. And the season of the cool church is, in many ways, coming to an end. Recently, I wrote a post that generated a lot of discussion online and offline about why charismatic churches are growing and attractional churches are past peak. You can read that […]

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Draw In Good People

by Regi Campbell: Take a look at how Jesus engaged men to become His disciples and ultimately the first disciple makers. As I read the New Testament, I see two keys to how Jesus drew people to himself: Jesus had a good reputation in general. We know He “grew in wisdom […]

Newsletter — November 2018

Leadership = Stewardship 3 Leadership Development Tools If you’re a church leader you’re in the people business. According to Ephesians 4:11-16, one of your main responsibilities as a church leader is to equip believers to use their gifts and passions for the sake of Christ’s church. However, where, when and […]

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Think Disciples, Not Steeples

by Bill Hull and Bobby Harrington: The gospel and covenant commitment we wrote about in Chapter 1 of the free eBook, Evangelism or Discipleship: Can They Effectively Work Together? will ensure that evangelism more naturally leads to discipleship. The process takes us beyond a focus on decisions to a focus on entering […]

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3 Structure Issues That Get Church Staff Teams Stuck

Today’s post is written by Tony Morgan, Founder of The UnStuck Group.  Here’s a church growth lid I don’t hear people talking about very often—your org chart. Yep, the way your church is structured can actually cap your growth. It very commonly does. A bad structure negatively impacts the health and […]

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Being Marked By Love with Tim Stevens

Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast! We have the pleasure of hearing from a familiar voice today. Tim Stevens is no stranger to the podcast, and he’s talked with us before about his work with Vanderbloemen Search Group. Today, though, the topic is different. While Tim works with VSG to […]

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5 Emotions First-time Guests Feel When They Arrive at Your Church

by Rich Birch: Have you ever watched people arrive on Sunday morning at your church and wondered what they’re feeling in that moment? We know that feelings and emotions are incredibly powerful motivators and memory-makers. In fact, studies have proven that we make more decisions based on emotion rather than […]

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5 Reasons Charismatic Churches Are Growing (And Attractional Churches Are Past Peak)

by Carey Nieuwhof: Notice this lately? If you look at almost any growing church led by younger leaders, it definitely tends toward the charismatic—expressive worship, more emotional delivery in preaching, an openness to the work and activity of the Holy Spirit, and generally a warmer, more enthusiastic and expressive gathering. And…a […]

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5 Significant Attitude Differences Between Churches That Grow and Churches That Don’t

by Carey Nieuwhof: So…what’s the difference between a growing church and a declining church? Well there are many, but one of the biggest differences I see is the attitude of the leaders. The leaders of growing churches almost always share a common attitude. So do the leaders of declining churches. And the attitude […]