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Why Current Church Trends Mean Very Little In Smaller Churches

While our brothers and sisters in bigger churches look for trends, compare notes and learn from the latest innovations, small churches usually let those trends pass us by without a ripple. It’s not because small churches don’t care, it’s because current trends almost never apply in smaller churches the way they do in bigger ones. …

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The 5 Biggest Dangers Of A Long-Term Pastorate – And How To Avoid Them

Pastorates are getting longer. This is mostly good news for pastors, their families, and the churches they serve. But there are a few inherent dangers to staying in one church for a long time. Here are a handful of lessons I keep learning that help me stay fresh, excited and forward-looking after two and a …

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8 Benefits Of Investing A Lifetime Of Ministry Into One Congregation

Pastors seem to be staying in their churches longer now than they did in previous generations. Certainly there are challenges to staying so long in the same place. Keeping fresh, not settling in too comfortably, and not repeating the same ideas over and over are constant battles to fight against. (We’ll address those in my …

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The Only Way To Promote And Sustain Necessary Change In The Church

There’s only one good reason to move a church toward change. Because the mission demands it. This is also the only way to sustain the change in the long term. This is why, despite all the bad reasons for and against change, the church must constantly be in a state of mission-driven change. No church has …

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Whatever Happened To Churches Meeting Felt Needs? – And What Should Replace It?

Meeting people’s needs is a big part of the church’s mandate. Tasks like feeding the poor, caring for children and widows, and helping addicts find freedom is essential to loving our neighbors as Christ has loved us. But meeting people’s “felt” needs has always been a slippery slope because people tend to feel their most …

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Whatever Happened To Churches Meeting Felt Needs? – And What Should Replace It?

Meeting people’s needs is a big part of the church’s mandate. Tasks like feeding the poor, caring for children and widows, and helping addicts find freedom is essential to loving our neighbors as Christ has loved us. But meeting people’s “felt” needs has always been a slippery slope because people tend to feel their most …

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