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  • Hack the Church Conference Room: Part Two – Leading with Character

    Six aspects defining a leader with “character.”

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  • Welcome to the Vision Room

    Read a note from Will Mancini welcoming you to the Vision Room and pointing some key features designed just for you.

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  • Developing Leaders Even When No One Is Ready

    Have you ever looked around your organization for a new leader only to discover that nobody is ready?

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  • Three Actions to Give You Confidence in Developing Vision

    Here are three things that will give the confidence and courage when it comes to vision.

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  • The Breakthrough Thinking Required in Growing Your Church

    Before we go about the reshaping of the structure or ministry of a church, we first need to experience breakthrough thinking.

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  • How to Select the Right Mission Partner for Your Church

    Here’s a six-part checklist to help your church begin the decision process for selecting mission partners.

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  • The Art of Leadership and Time Management – Part 2

    Faced with a mountain of tasks to do and things to accomplish, most of us feel immediately better when we’ve put all of these things on a “to-do list.” But that value is practically nothing unless you find a way to act upon that thing.

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  • 3 “Check Engine” Lights for Pastors

    It’s often difficult to discern the level of your spiritual growth when you are professionally immersed in spiritually oriented church work.

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  • 9 Reasons You’ve Not Scheduled that Staff Retreat

    Imagine a day when every staff member and key lay leader wakes up with a clear and shared understanding of God’s better future for your church.

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  • DiscipleShift Part 1: The Choice to Consume, Create, or Cultivate

    Every day, in the free time we have available, we have the choice to consume something, to create something, or to cultivate something.

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  • Don’t Settle for a “Lesser Than” Vision

    We must cast the vision of that reality to those we lead. We must hold them, and ourselves, to the highest standards of commitment and excellence.

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  • Hack the Church Conference Room: Part One – Leading with Influence

    Leaders recruit and influence followers to work together to make a shared vision reality.

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  • 3 Ways Your Team Struggles with Execution

    Struggles with execution happen because people who need to work together across teams struggle to do so. When coordination falters, so does execution.

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  • The Most Powerful Function of Leadership Development

    Don’t try to be perfect, but do strive to be a pattern of seeking Jesus in a way that those you lead will want to emulate.

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  • The Real Reasons Your Search Process is Taking Too Long

    All things considered, more and more churches are struggling because they are going longer periods of time without a pastor.

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  • Ministry Leaders: Do You Recruit People for the Task or Reproduce Leaders for the Mission?

    When you keep a kingdom perspective, it will be easier to reproduce leaders rather than recruit followers.

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  • The Art of Leadership and Time Management – Part 1

    Our lives no longer have clear boundaries. Not only does it seem that our work and personal lives are always open-ended, the two are usually intertwined.

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  • What is Leadership Development?

    Sharing a definition of leadership development and why it’s important that you and your team define what it is.

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  • 12 Reasons You’re Failing to Reach Young Families

    If you are failing to reach young families in your community, the reason is probably on this list.

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  • The Cattle Ranching Secret of Clear Church Communication

    Three ways church branding is similar to cattle ranching.

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comment_post_ID); ?> I am a senior citizen who has lived in many areas of the US, the farthest south being Virginia DC area. There are several church plants in the area--some failed, some doing well. One of the sadist failures was a plant in NW Washington near a large Presbyterian Church (I had been an elder in the church, so I knew the area) where changes in church doctrine was driving many away from the PCUSA churches. There were many mature Christians who lived in the area who were very willing to participate and give generously to the church. Its failure was a loss. The pastor and his wife lived in a VA suburb, wanted something that would appeal to their tastes, which included "praise music". There was a professional piano teacher and several people who had sung in choirs in the area. Their suggestions were completely ignored. Forget that there was joyous participation in singing hymns and silence by many for the praise music. The experienced church leaders that were attending were expected to seek the wisdom of the pastor who did not live in the area rather than have any role in leadership. There is another church plant in Northern Virginia that seems to be going the same way. My take: the pastors should get past their high-school and college days culture and get to know and appreciate the people of the community. Do not try to reproduce Intervarsity or Campus Crusade. Hymns are not a sin and "uneducated" (never graduated from college) should not be ignored as uninformed or stupid. People who have served in and/or live in the area are needed in leadership and not just to serve coffee and give. We all need to pray together and serve God in the community in which there is to be a plant. Glenna Hendricks
 
— Glenna Hendricks
 
comment_post_ID); ?> I like it Mac and do agree with your opinions on the matter. Thanks much
 
— winston
 
comment_post_ID); ?> In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
 
— Russ Wright
 

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