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3 Starter Principles for Becoming an Innovative Small Church

Innovative? Small Church? Do those words belong in the same sentence? Can innovation happen in a Small Church? Is it even possible in an older Small Church? Turning a tired, dying congregation into a fresh, innovative church is one of the greatest challenges a pastor can tackle – even if the congregation is in full agreement.

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How to Shoot Dynamic Ministry Videos Fast and (Almost) Free

We live in a visual world. We always have of course, but the difference now is that a lot of the visuals happen online. Your church can’t afford not to be there. Whether you have a website or a Facebook page (hopefully both), you need dynamic, original, videos if you hope to stand out. But

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The Over-Enthusiastic Volunteer Syndrome

One of the best characteristics of many Small Churches is that everyone wants to pitch in. One of the worst characteristics of many Small Churches is that everyone wants to pitch in. Sometimes that volunteer spirit has great results. Sometimes…not so much. The split-screen photograph in this post is an especially hilarious example of the

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Could You Be OK Giving Your Success Away?

We want numbers to verify our successes. There are two huge problems with that sentence – and they’re found in the words “numbers” and “our”. First, not all successes have numbers to verify them. Second, the successes of the church are not our successes. We need to start getting comfortable, in the first instance, with

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You May Be a Small Church Pastor and Not Even Know It

Are you a small church pastor? Seems like an easy question, right? But it doesn’t have an easy answer. Many Small Church pastors don’t know they’re Small Church pastors. I’ll tell you why in a minute. But first, here’s a short quiz you can take to find out if you’re a Small Church pastor. 1.

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Can Measuring a Church Hurt It?

Earlier this week, I wrote a couple mini-rants in the comment sections of two ministry websites. The authors of the blogs weren’t the targets of my frustration. They actually brought up some good ideas. But the underlying issues got me going, so I jumped in. Here’s what the blogs posted about, followed by what I

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