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Hospitality Can’t Take a Vacation

Hospitality Can’t Take a Vacation

If you’re in charge of the guest services team at your church, chances are good that you are already feeling the pinch of summer. After a year like no other – and with lowering COVID numbers and rising vaccination rates – people are ready to escape the house and the monotony of the last 15…

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The Definitive Checklist for Launching Your Church Website

The Definitive Checklist for Launching Your Church Website

I don’t know if there’s anything quite as nerve-racking as launching a website. You’ve put a ton of work into the website, and you hope that everything works. Of course, “hoping” that everything works isn’t really a great way to launch a website. However, you can do more than just “hope” everything goes well. You…

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Seven Ways to Thank Donors to the Church without Knowing Their Identities

Seven Ways to Thank Donors to the Church without Knowing Their Identities

Nonprofits that aren’t churches can have a significant advantage over churches in donor development. Almost every leader of a nonprofit that isn’t a church knows precisely what everyone gives. He or she can then thank them personally and appeal to them in the future. But what do church leaders do if they do not have…

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A Sermon Illustration to Challenge Us to Tell the Gospel

A Sermon Illustration to Challenge Us to Tell the Gospel

A Sermon Illustration to Challenge Us to Tell the Gospel Billions of people around the world have little or no opportunity to hear the gospel. Millions of people in the United States, including some who themselves have never heard the Good News, are not Christ-followers. Some of our neighbors likely are not believers. In many…

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Can I Be an Effective Pastor If I Don’t Like Management?

Can I Be an Effective Pastor If I Don’t Like Management?

Can I Be an Effective Pastor If I Don’t Like Management? Pastors are not managers, at least in a corporate-business-world-publicly-traded-company-sort-of-way. But pastors are shepherds. And shepherds manage sheep. Leading a church involves management. A church hierarchy assumes management. And most churches—even smaller congregations—are not completely flat in structure. Even at the most basic level, churches…

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Why Do Some Churchgoers Stick with Bad Pastors?

Why Do Some Churchgoers Stick with Bad Pastors?

Most pastors work hard, love their churches, and would sacrifice their lives for the people they lead. If you are reading this article for ways to get back at your pastor, then it’s likely you’re the problem, not your pastor. But there are some bad pastors out there. Why do people stay with them? There…

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12 Strange Foods Brought to Church Potlucks

12 Strange Foods Brought to Church Potlucks

Many churches still have potluck meals. Some have them once a week; others celebrate this tradition once a year at a homecoming event. I remember them well in some of the churches where I served as pastor. One of the most challenging issues for me occurs when a church member asks me to try his…

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The Difference Between Curious and Caring Pastors (And Why It’s Better to Be Caring)

The Difference Between Curious and Caring Pastors (And Why It’s Better to Be Caring)

Both curious and caring pastors ask about members and staff. Both curious and caring pastors inquire about those who are not acting normally. An illness, family issue, or work-related problem should raise a leader’s level of awareness about a particular individual. Both the curious leader and the caring leader exhibit good management skills when inquiring…

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11 Characteristics of Church Leaders I’d Like to Imitate

No matter how old I get, I have much room to grow as a leader. In fact, I watch other leaders who inspire and challenge me to lead better. Here are some leadership characteristics I’ve seen in these folks (who are, most often, local church pastors):  1. They strive to imitate Jesus. That’s the bottom…

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Making Your Church New Member Class Better: Answering the Top Five Questions

Making Your Church New Member Class Better: Answering the Top Five Questions

With more people regathering in-person for church, a pent-up demand is building for membership classes. The membership class was one ministry many churches put on hold during the pandemic. A year has passed since most churches paused in-person gatherings. During that year, people still decided to join a church. Even if people have not vocalized…

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