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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 […]

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3 Important Ways Your Church Should “Show, Don’t Tell”

by Rich Birch: Around 65% of people are visual learners. [ref] That means that the majority of people attending your church take in information more effectively when it is in the form of images rather than text. This reality has huge implications for your church that many leaders aren’t considering […]

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11 Ways To Make Christmas Your Best Outreach of the Year

by Carey Nieuwhof: Any idea what the best outreach opportunity of the year at your church might be? You might think it’s an event you do, or perhaps it’s Easter. But whether Christmas has historically been your best opportunity to reach unchurched people or not, I believe it could be. You […]

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7 Unwritten Rules of Church Leadership

by Carey Nieuwhof: Things don’t always go the way you want them to in life. Church life is hardly an exception. I’ve been in church my entire life and in leadership for half that. So there are a few things I noticed that you may have noticed too. Leadership is hard and my […]

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6 Mistakes I Made as a Church Planter

By Mark Dance: One of the greatest joys of my ministry was planting a church in northeast Tennessee in 1991. I made several mistakes, which hopefully you can learn from the easy way, through my pain, not yours. These are not the only mistakes I made in the ten years I […]

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7 Ways Smartphones Have Changed People at Your Church (And What to Do About it!) – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Do you remember the world before the smartphones came and invaded all our spaces? I have a hard time recalling how we got along before these little rectangles of glass, metal and plastic lodged themselves firmly into our everyday lives. These devices have had simultaneously a profound […]