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Put People First: Why Many Small Church Pastors Can Spend Less Time On Sermon Prep

In a big church, the pastor will have name-recognition relationships with a very small percentage of the people they’re communicating to on a weekly basis. When you add writing, podcasting and other forms of communication, it’s typical for the pastor of a large church to have a personal relationship with fewer than one percent of …

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Small Churches Are Stuck (But Not The Way You Think)

In a small church, the pastor will know most, if not all of the congregation members personally. Our lives are intertwined. So how does that affect our time management on the weeks when our schedule is especially tight (as in every week for a bivocational pastor)?When a small church pastor has to choose between spending time …

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Pastoral Transition: 7 Signs It May Be The Right Time To Let Go

One year ago this month, I stopped being the lead pastor of our church. This weekend our church will celebrate the one year anniversary of that transition. So, as I think about all that’s happened over the last 12 months, here are 7 reasons we knew it was the right time for a pastoral transition.

Pastoral Transition: 7 Signs It May Be The Right Time To Let Go

One year ago this month, I stopped being the lead pastor of our church. This weekend our church will celebrate the one year anniversary of that transition. So, as I think about all that’s happened over the last 12 months, here are 7 reasons we knew it was the right time for a pastoral transition.

Why Is There An Increasing Pushback Against Church Growth Principles?

More church leaders are asking hard questions about the church growth movement. And this time, it’s not just the usual cynics, it’s leaders who previously would have – or did – embrace those principles with open arms. This is not because there’s something inherently wrong with the church growth movement, but because it’s been around long …

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Inside And The Outside The Bible Belt: A Schism The American Church Must Address

There are two churches in America. The church inside the Bible Belt and the church outside the Bible Belt. The ones inside the Bible Belt often look at the ones outside as compromised and soft on sin because of their rejection of long-held traditions. Meanwhile, those outside the Bible Belt often look at those inside …

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5 Myth-Shattering Reasons We Have To Change Our Thinking About Church Size

Effective churches exist in all shapes and sizes. Including churches that haven’t grown numerically in a while. But for too many of us, church size is the primary (or only) factor in determining the health and value of a local congregation. This thinking is not just mistaken, it’s dangerous. History has regularly shown us that any …

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8 Principles To Consider Before Leaving A Church You (Used To) Love

It’s hard to leave a church you used to love – and maybe still do love Many church members find themselves facing the heartbreaking decision of whether-or-not to separate themselves from a church they’ve invested a lot of their lives in. And I’m not talking about church-hoppers, bored believers or shallow saints. I’m referring to …

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