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Church is Too Complicated

Sometimes I think we make things too complicated.  That includes the church.  That includes both “doing” church and “being” the church.  Sometimes we are so

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Is an Invitation Required?

Every church would like more first-time guests!  How easy is your church making it for first-time guests to find your church online, details about your

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Congregational Apathy

Over the past few years, I have noticed a growing sense of what I refer to as congregational apathy.  The symptoms are be identified as

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Post-Pandemic Commitment

As I have repeatedly written about in this past year, the opportunities available to the church at this pivotal time in history are endless.  All

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Post-Pandemic Courage

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a

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Post Pandemic Vision

Most church leaders are familiar with the life cycle of a church.  When a church is on the growing side of the life cycle, vision

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What if …

Do you ever find yourself in the wondering mindset of “what if?”  What if usually provides opportunities for what is possible.  Granted for some people

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Transition Time

While some are ending their school year or even graduating, in the church world many are entering into a time of transition.  This is a

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At the Heart of the Matter

In earlier posts I have suggested that people are searching for community and purpose.  People are lonely and many are depressed.  People are looking for

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Leading Out of the Pandemic

We are beginning to see the light at the end of this long, dark pandemic tunnel.  Vaccinations are rolling out.  Positive test result statistics are

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RElaunch or REopen

As the COVID vaccination is made available to more and more of the population, a greater number of churches are offering expanded in-person worship opportunities. 

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Relational Shifts, Part Two

Last week the first five relational shifts the post-pandemic church will need to make were introduced.  This week we continue those relational shifts with the

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Relational Shifts, Part One

In my upcoming book (due out in late March), Being the Church in the Post-Pandemic World, I identified eight different game-changers for churches who want

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How Flexible Are You?

In a quick poll recently, I asked what people thought was the top trait leaders needed to exhibit and practice in 2021.  Overwhelmingly, the top

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Being or Doing

We are all human beings.  Imperfect people doing our best day in and day out to follow a perfect Savior.  On an average day, we

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Breathe with Gratitude

Breathe with Gratitude As we head into this week of Thanksgiving, I wonder if we can all just take a deep breath.  This past year

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Are You Ready?

The Advent season will begin very soon.  This is the season where churches typically receive more guests than any other time of year.  Is your

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Falling Back

This past weekend we re-entered the season of daylight savings.  In 1966 the Uniform Time Act was passed and created what we now refer to

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Time to Re-Vision?

Our world has changed.  Our communities have changed.  Our context has changed.  It seems like everything has changed!  How is your church responding and adjusting

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Start, Stop, and Suspend

While there is much to mourn in this time of pandemic, it is also a season of opportunity.  But, this season will not last forever. 

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The Opportunity

Recently I heard Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker, cite some interesting information.  He shared that the brain processes 100 bits of spoken information

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Promoter or Detractor?

What kind of experience does your first-time guest have at your church?  Does he or she leave being a promoter or a detractor?  Would he

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