Principles

A Small Church Moment: Keeping Little Changes From Becoming a Big Deal

Way too many Small Churches think that, because they’re small, they can fly by the seat of their pants all the time. But when we do that, people learn that they can’t rely on anything that’s announced, so our church volunteers become as unreliable as the church calendar.

Constantly changing announced plans is one of the quickest ways to erode trust, get half-hearted commitment from volunteers or lose them entirely.

Do you want reliable church volunteers? Be a reliable leader. Keep a reliable calendar.

People can handle change if we do it right. Here are 9 principles you can use to assure that a last-minute change in your church plans goes smoothly.

Know Your Audience: 8 Principles for Speaking Effectively in Almost Any Situation

“You knew your audience.” That was one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received in ministry. It happened after speaking at a Prayer Breakfast at a US Army base in Germany. One of the military chaplains pulled me aside. “Thank you for that talk,” he said. “You knew your audience. It’s unusual for a civilian …

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The Elements of a Healthy Small Church – And the Hidden Agenda that Can Kill It

What does a healthy Small Church look like? It looks like a healthy big church – in all the ways that matter, anyway. No, a healthy Small Church is not just a miniaturized version of a healthy big church. Pastors who try to do that are usually concentrating on the externals. And it never works …

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Three Self-Evident Principles of Christian Leadership (A Guest Post)

We learn more through our failures than our successes. I don’t want that to be true. But it is. Today’s post was written by a long-time friend who, like me, has had his share of frustrations in ministry. Lee Fruh (pronounced Free) has the rare gift of taking those frustrations, hurts and downright failures and, …

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How to Shepherd a 100+ Member Church Without Losing Your Sanity

Most Small Church pastors are shepherds. It’s not our choice, it’s our calling. There are good reasons for pastors of large churches to move from the shepherding/pastoring model to the ranching/management model. But most pastors aren’t called to be ranchers or to manage systems. Most of us are called to pastor people. In the first …

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The 4 Most Overlooked Truths About Leading a Turnaround Church

It’s one of the toughest tasks in pastoral ministry. Leading an existing church through a turnaround from unhealthy to healthy. But it’s even harder when we’re trying to do so without understanding some basic principles needed for a successful turnaround to take place. Here are four common, fundamental principles that are regularly ignored or unknown …

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5 Principles Megachurches Can Learn From Small Churches

Small Churches receive a lot from our megachurch friends. We read their books, sing their songs, use their curriculum and attend their seminars. And we’re grateful. But the benefits don’t have to flow only one way. There are some very important, though less obvious things that megachurches can learn from Small Churches. Not necessarily books …

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5 Principles Small Churches Can Learn From Megachurches

Small Churches are not scaled-down versions of megachurches. We’re different, not just in size, but in methodology. A lot of what works in big churches just won’t work in smaller ones. And vice versa. But there are some overlapping principles. Starting with the scriptural fundamentals, of course. Over the years, I’ve noticed some principles that …

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