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Category: Philosophy of Ministry

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Defining “Church” and a “Level 5 Disciple-Making Church”

by Bobby Harrington: Various Discipleship·org partners and I had a very challenging meeting last month as we sought to define some key terms that are crucial for disciple-making leaders to thrive. I wanted to share this challenge with all our readers, and that’s why I’m writing to you today. The group of disciple-making leaders I mentioned above and […]

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Captivating Culture

by Beth Ehlert: The book of Acts captures the captivating story of the birth and growth of the First Century Church. There are a few times in this amazing story where Luke clearly describes the ethos of the community that was forming. A wonderful example of this is found in […]

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7 Big Tips for Funding Your Ministry Vision This Year

by Brandon A. Cox: What’s the ONE subject almost no church leader enjoys talking about? Yep. Money. Talking about money feels icky. Asking for money makes us feel like we’re begging. So we tiptoe. We skirt around the issue, assuming that taking a softer and more silent approach will earn us […]

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Three Characteristics of Church Planting Systems

By Ed Stetzer: Three basic findings describe where North American organizations are collectively in adjusting their systems to equip churches to become church planting churches. Implementation of Church Multiplication Practices First, we are seeing significant attempts to implement church multiplication practices into church planting systems, particularly in an organization’s vision and […]

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CNLP 230: Pete Scazzero on Why So Many Successful Leaders Are Emotionally Immature, How to Tell Whether That’s You, and How to Become Emotionally Intelligent and Spiritually Mature

by Carey Nieuwhof: Pete Scazzero will be the first to tell you that while he was successful on the outside as a leader, he was immature on the inside, and his wife had had enough. That moved Pete on a journey to figure out what was wrong and how to […]

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Nine Systems Within a Church Planting System

By Ed Stetzer: Looking across the spectrum of church planting networks and denominations, there are nine basic systems that make up a typical Church Planting System in a North American church planting network. Prayer A prayer strategy is the lifeline of any church planting network. One example of this is a […]

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The Single Best Way To Fully Motivate Your Team

by Carey Nieuwhof: See if you recognize this. There are some kinds of leaders (often in churches and not-for-profits) who are wonderful with people, but whose organizations don’t produce great results. Often there’s little accountability, a general drift, poor metrics and just a lack of overall excellence. But the leader’s a […]

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5 Signs The Enemy (Not God) is Winning In Your Life and Leadership

by Carey Nieuwhof: Only the crazy people believe in evil and an actual Enemy, right? Well, that’s kind of what I used to think too. As a young Christian, I believed that what the scriptures taught about evil was accurate, but accurate in a this happened thousands of years ago kind of […]

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5 Reasons “Dotted Lines and Solid Lines” are Overrated in Multi-Site Churches

by Rich Birch: Over the last 20 years, I’ve spent a lot of time helping multi-site churches wrestle through how to launch and lead thriving campuses. One of the things that often comes up is the “dotted line and solid line” conversation. This is the conversation that attempts to outline […]

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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 […]