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20 Steps to Children’s Ministry Safety for Your Church Plant

by Patrick Bradley: Children’s ministry safety in your church plant is serious business. But it doesn’t have to be mysterious. Here are 20 practical steps to stellar children’s ministry safety: No question, Jesus holds children in high regard. I’d say that churches in the US do, too, though we haven’t […]

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7 Best Practices of First-time Guest Gifts at Your Church – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Are you leveraging your first-time guest gifts effectively enough to move people from being guests to fully connected members of your church? I hope so, because this is an important piece of the connection timeframe; in fact, it’s a critical point in the eight phases of moving […]

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5 Big Surprises About Church Growth Nobody Told Me About

by Carey Nieuwhof: Leadership is a little like life. There’s a picture in your head of how things will go, and then there’s how they actually go. The same is true when it comes to church growth. While church growth has its share of critics, I’ve rarely met a church leader […]

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5 Trends in Team Leadership No Leader Can Afford To Ignore in 2018

by Carey Nieuwhof: This isn’t 1998 or even 2008, but too many leaders lead like it is. And as a result, they can’t figure out why their team isn’t motivated, why they have a high turnover and why younger leaders don’t really want to work for them…or are always looking […]

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6 Systems Every Executive Pastor Needs to Evaluate This Year – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Are you an executive pastor wondering where you should focus your time and energy? Are you wondering exactly how things are really going at your church? Are you a bit mystified about how to evaluate what’s really happening under the hood of your church? Executive pastors are […]

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7 Simple Practices for Building Trust in Your Team

by Heather Zempel: How do you win when you’re the underdog? Well, believe it or not, trust has a lot to do with it. In You Win in the Locker Room First, Jon Gordon tells the story of the 2014 University of Florida basketball team. Without a single player drafted to […]

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7 Other Weekend Metrics Church Leaders Should Study Regularly

by Rich Birch: Too often, church leaders only pay attention to weekend attendance and revenue patterns at their churches. Sometimes these numbers are referred to as “nickels and noses” or maybe the slightly more vulgar “butts and bucks.” However, there are many other factors to consider if we’re trying to […]

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Launching a Student Ministry at a New Campus or a Church Plant

By New Churches Team: There are many different ways to develop multisite campuses and new church plants. You can have twin campuses that look exactly the same; you can have sibling campuses that are definitely related, but not mirrors of each other; you can have cousin campuses that resemble each other, […]

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3 Ways to Help Your Grand Opening Well-Wishers Help You

by Patrick Bradley: Your Launch Sunday attendance will be inflated by grand opening well-wishers. That can be good and bad at the same time. Here are some ideas to maximize the good and minimize the bad. Many churches experience a spike in attendance at their inaugural public worship gathering. Which […]

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How to Create a Culture of Service in Your Church

By Daniel Im: William Wallace, Melinda Gates, Hitler, Elvis Presley, Billy Graham, Nelson Mandela, Bono, and Jeff Bezos. What’s your off-the-cuff reaction when you hear those names? Do you think of similarities or differences? If you could group them together with one word, which one would you use? Would the word […]