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Recruiting Volunteers With the End in Mind

By New Churches Team: When Jesus began His ministry, He chose 12 men. He gave His life to them by pouring into them, teaching them, and training them. Now Jesus didn’t have to do that. He didn’t need volunteers to accomplish His work. But we do. As you recruit your […]

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10 Questions Church Leaders Should Be Asking (But Probably Aren’t)

by Rich Birch: Questions have a curious function in the life of a leader. A good question can often propel us forward more than a great answer. Our roles in leading our churches requires us to not only work in our ministry but to also take a step back and […]

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Church Planting With No Worship Leader

This week Peyton Jones and Pete Mitchell sit down to talk about Church Planting With No Worship Leader. To get straight to listening click here and to download in iTunes click here. A lot of us have a preconceived notion in our mind of how our worship time should be set up. For many […]

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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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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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Why the Church Needs Volunteers

By Ed Stetzer: Most of us know how essential volunteers are to making sure our churches are as effective as they need to be. Churches need to develop an ethos of valuing volunteers, but in order for churches to thrive, they would do best to raise up volunteers who are leaders […]

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6 Things That Make Ministry Harder Than It Was A Decade Ago

by Carey Nieuwhof: Ever feel like ministry is harder than it was a decade ago? You’re not alone. I am an eternal optimist when it comes to the church, but I agree that ministry is more challenging than it’s ever been. Understanding why is key to figuring out what to do and how […]

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4 Experiments to Run this Summer to Help Your Church This Fall

by Rich Birch: Church leaders in prevailing churches think of themselves more like scientists testing theories than bakers applying a prescribed recipe. Rather than looking for the “perfect” strategy for your church, it’s better to consider your practices as a series of experiments and then watch the results. While it’s […]

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The Relationship Between the Worship Pastor and the Lead Pastor

By New Churches Team: Doxology and Theology It’s imperative that our worship leaders be theologically trained. This doesn’t mean your worship leader has to have worked through difficult theological texts, but you want to help shepherd that person toward theological formation and growth. For pastors who want to disciple their […]