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6 Ways to Increase Engagement in Your Church’s Weekend Services

by Rich Birch: How do you know that a church service is “successful”? What are the elements that tell you when things are working or not? It’s important that your team shares a clear understanding of what success looks like when it comes to designing weekend services. While there are […]

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Declining Attendance and 7 Preaching Shifts That Are Happening Right Now

by Carey Nieuwhof: Every week you host services at your church hoping to reach more people, which is admirable and appropriate. The problem is that the culture is changing and never bothered to ask you permission. In many ways, preachers are using a method that’s been around for centuries…if not millennia…which […]

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Want to Reach New People? These 10 Habits Set Your Church Back

by Tony Morgan: What is the first-time guest experience really like at your church? When my team at The Unstuck Group helps a church assess ministry health, one key step we take is to attend and review the church’s weekend experience through the lens of an outsider. That’s because once you […]

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5 Tips to Make Series Titles at Your Church More Sticky

by Rich Birch: Churches will often organize their Sunday morning content into series. In the simplest terms, a series is a collection of organized ideas and content that is easy for people to understand and share with their friends. As I discuss in my book, Church Growth Flywheel, leveraging the […]

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5 Pro Tips on How to Get Amazing Sermon Feedback

by Carey Nieuwhof: One of the worst feelings any preacher has is finishing up a message and having no idea how it really went. I mean you have your own subjective opinion, but we all know ourselves well enough to realize that sometimes we thought our message was awesome when […]

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7 Reasons Your Sermons Are Boring

by Carey Nieuwhof: If there’s one thing you never set out to be as a leader or communicator, it’s boring. And yet everyone who communicates, preaches or even tries to persuade someone of an idea has discovered that sinking sense that you’re sermon just isn’t as riveting as it could be. Or that […]

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CNLP 197: Mark Clark and Carey Nieuwhof on How to Preach in a Way that Reaches Unchurched People and Maintains Biblical Integrity

by Carey Nieuwhof: Mark Clark and Carey talk about their different approaches to preaching, how to reach unchurched people and how to preach to churched and unchurched people with Biblical integrity. Plus, Carey and Mark share some of their favourite insights from their brand new course, The Art of Better […]

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Some Simple Practices That Will Make Your Preaching Better

by Carey Nieuwhof: If you preach with any regularity, you know the pressure that comes with staring at a blank screen with a deadline approaching. And if you communicate regularly within the context of the local church, like I do, you quickly discover that Sundays come around whether you’re ready […]

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7 Very Possible Reasons You’re Losing Your Audience When You Speak

by Carey Nieuwhof: If there’s one thing you never set out to be as a leader or communicator, it’s to lose the audience. And yet everyone who communicates, preaches or even tries to persuade someone of an idea has discovered that sinking sense that you’ve lost them. You’re just not connecting and you […]

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21 Easy Ways for Your Church to Be More First-Time Guest Friendly

by Rich Birch: This weekend new guests will arrive at your church. Some will be visiting for the very first time, and they will want to know what your church looks like on a regular weekend. Church leaders who want to make a difference always look at how to make […]