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Be a More Balanced Church

Purpose Driven Church

Remember the old V-8 commercials where someone who wasn't taking in a balanced diet would be leaning to one side? That's what I think of as I read the thoughts and opinions of various church leaders about "what the church should be all about." It typically sounds something like …

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If You’re a Pastor or Church Leader, You Must Read IT

It by Craig Groeschel

It is a really great book! It is all about "how churches and leaders can get it and keep it." What is it? Though Craig Groeschel never really defines it, he does offer this clarifying list: It is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people: - …

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More Influence: 21 From-the-Gut Lessons for Kingdom Leaders

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I've collected together 21 of my favorite posts (from now almost 1,500 blog posts over seven years) about leadership and I've issued this free ebook. Normally, I argue that there is no such thing anymore as "ebooks." Rather there are simply books that start with "e." In other …

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5 Thoughts About Excellence In Ministry

In Search of Excellence

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. As Paul put it in Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." (NLT) If we're representing God, we should do things well for His …

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Throw Off the Leisure Suit: Get Unstuck!

Hang Up the Leisure Suit: Get Unstuck

Tony Morgan has released some pretty great books, many of which are available as free ebooks (which are actually books, but with an "e"). He's just released a new follow-up book and it's well worth checking out. Here's his description: The first eBook in this series, The Leisure …

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Pardon Me, But Your Church Is Too Slow

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What did the snail say when riding on the back of the turtle? "Weeeeee!!" Cheesy jokes aside, the average Baptist Church resembles the snail in the story. Even when we think we're speeding along, we usually aren't keeping pace with the rate of change around us. Truth never …

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Why Honoring My Wife Matters So Much

Honor Your Wife

If I'm not honoring my wife, I cannot possibly claim to be growing spiritually. Neither can you. I'm planting and pastoring a church. I write articles for Christian blogs and websites. I'm Editor of one of the world's leading websites for Pastors. I also consult with ministries …

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Who Will Be Our Worship Leader at Grace Hills Church?

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The position has been filled. We aren't hiring a Worship Leader. We're offering an opportunity to a pioneer. I recently wrote a story about why you might NOT want to join our new church. In that same vein, let me tell you why you might NOT want to be on staff at Grace Hills …

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The Difference Between Launching and Orbiting

Space Shuttle Launch

If you've ever watched a space shuttle launch, you know that it's an enormous production. A ton of preparation goes into the event, potentially millions of eyes are watching, and there is a tremendous risk being taken that results in the payoff of having a shuttle in orbit. And …

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Casting the Vision for a New Church Plant

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This past Sunday was an exciting day for us. We've spent months dreaming and planning for the planting of Grace Hills Church. We hauled our belongings across the country, then stayed with some friends while waiting for the closing on our home purchase. We booked a storefront …

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