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We’re Small Church Pastors – Let’s Wear it Well

Hi, I’m Karl and I’m a Small Church pastor. Do you wonder why I keep saying that? Maybe it was something I learned in a marketing class about branding my message? If so, I should get my tuition refunded. “Small”, “Church” and “Pastor” are three of the least marketable words there are. I say it

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Be First In Line for the New Small Church Nametag Wall

Welcome to the New Small Church Nametag Wall. That is, welcome to where the wall is going to be very soon. The plan is to have it up and running by Tuesday, January 14, 2013. (Since writing this, the Nametag Wall is now up! Click here to check it out.) Here’s the idea. As a way to

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Hi, I’m Karl and I’m NOT a Megachurch Basher

I like megachurches. I wish there were more of them. I like Small Churches even more. I wish there were a lot more of them. The ministry of New Small Church is less than two months old, but I’m already noticing a disturbing mini-trend that I want to opt out of. It’s the tendency in

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Hi, I’m Karl and I’m NOT a Megachurch Basher

I like megachurches. I wish there were more of them. I like Small Churches even more. I wish there were a lot more of them. The ministry of New Small Church is less than two months old, but I’m already noticing a disturbing mini-trend that I want to opt out of. It’s the tendency in

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How Your Small Church Can Do a Great Community Service Day (Video)

Serve Day. Share Day. Community Service Day. Whatever you call it, getting your congregation to take a Sunday afternoon to go out into the community to serve people in practical, agenda-free ways is valuable to your church and your community. This video was recorded at a recent Share Day at our church, and it can

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Small Churches REALLY ARE the Next Big Thing

More evidence has just come in. Small Churches are the next big thing. I wasn’t planning to revisit this idea for a while, but a couple days ago I read a post by Thom Rainer, with the curious title “The Death of the Mall and the Future of Church Buildings.” In it, Thom made some

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The #1 Leadership Key to Spark Innovation in a Small Church

If you want to increase your chances of working with innovators who need guidance, instead of heel-draggers who need motivation, this is the best piece of advice I can give you. I now consider it to be one of my main roles as a church leader.

Find a way to say “Yes”.

Yes to people. Yes to their crazy ideas. Yes to their passion. Yes to something God may be trying to do through them that I just can’t see yet.

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Grasshopper Myth: My Church Can’t Handle Change

Let’s put this myth to rest right now. Churches can handle change. But there’s one fatal mistake too many pastors make, that will kill any chance for change, no matter how badly it may be needed. What churches, and church leaders especially, can’t handle, is this: They can’t handle surprise. And they shouldn’t have to.

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I Am a Small Church Pastor, and I Am Not a Failure

This is a big, bonus look inside the pages of The Grasshopper Myth. It’s the first half of the first chapter (about 7 pages worth). If you’re wondering whether-or-not to buy, read or recommend The Grasshopper Myth, this should help you decide. If you like what you read, pass it on to others by clicking any of the share buttons

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