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10 Values of a Stellar Church Staff

At Grace Hills, one of the most important things we ever talk about is our Code - our Core Values. We talk about these values in every membership class and in most staff meetings. They've done more to guide our growth than anything else we've written down. Recently I began reflecting on where our church's staff needs to go as a team and it occurred to me that while our church, as a whole, understands who we are because of our Code, our staff may not have a strong identity …

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5 Truths About Empowering People to Change the World

In the Bourne series, the assassins (who are the central characters) are referred to by their controlling agency merely as "assets." Sometimes I fear that within Christian ministry, we fall into the terrible habit of treating people as assets - instruments to help us get ministry done successfully rather than people with souls. One of the values I remind myself of often is that people are not a means for getting ministry done. People are the ministry. And those who volunteer …

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Two Conditions for Starting a New Ministry

One of the challenges of church planting is staying lean. I became a Pastor under a programmatic mindset - offer enough things and more people will come. Thankfully, I came across a good book long ago that helped to shift my thinking. Instead of a list of programs to attract people, what we really need is a simple process for growing people. Programs can easily become dead weight and create the drudgery of having to "find volunteers" to staff them. But processes scale with …

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3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member

Some churches view the staff as hired workers. If that is the case in your church, respect your leaders and don't blame any rebellious attitudes on what I am about to say about this. Other churches view the staff as interdependent creative thinkers and leaders. In the first case, the usual mentality is "anything you aren't doing for the church should be done 'off the clock'." In the second case, the mentality is "everything you do as ministry and mission benefits us as long …

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Who Will Be Our Worship Leader at Grace Hills Church?

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 Church. We don't have a salary for you. Yet. We'll try to help you as you raise it, but we don't have the budget for multiple full-time salaries. I'm raising the financial support for my own salary, …

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10 Quick Lessons for Every Church Staff Member

Today's staff meeting at Saddleback was a bit different from the norm at Saddleback Church. Pastor Tom Holladay shared from his heart 10 lessons he's learned from watching Glen Kreun over the past twenty years of ministry. Pastor Glen served as Executive Pastor of Saddleback for 27 years under Pastor Rick Warren's leadership. Over those years, he developed an amazing ability to both lead and to be led in ways that supported the miraculous growth of the church. Here are …

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Don’t Be a Know-It-All Leader

One of the amazing aspects of the structure of Saddleback Church is that there isn't much of an organizational chart to speak of. Some feel frustrated about this, but the reason is that people are empowered to make decisions at the lowest possible level to avoid having to climb any ladders of authority. …

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Staff Meetings at Saddleback Church Are a Time of Worship

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Get Ready for Radicalis 2011

Get ready. I'm going to be posting about Radicalis 2011 quite a bit between now and February. Why? Because It's an Awesome Conference for Pastors and Staff Teams It's like 14 conferences rolled into one, with plenary sessions and inspirational speakers. Our guests will include Pete Wilson, Dave Gibbons, Matt Carter, Shawn Lovejoy, and Steven Furtick. I attended Radicalis 2010 and that's where the conversation began that eventually brought me here to Saddleback to be …

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The Primary Purpose of a Church Staff

Last weekend, I had the privilege of traveling across part of Texas with two associates, David Chrzan (Chief of Staff at Saddleback) and Dave Alford who is doing some preparation work for some big things to come related to church planting. I'm going to take a few days and blog some of the highlights - with whom we met and what we learned. …

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