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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 […]

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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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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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4 Things That Shouldn’t Drive Church Growth (And One Thing That Should)

by Carey Nieuwhof: Something’s driving your church.  There are a variety of things that drive a church…the challenge for many church leaders is no one is really quite clear on what that is. What drives your church is critical because it impacts everything you do. Ultimately, it directly impacts both your health […]

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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 […]