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Serving Others Is a Win For Everyone

Don't read what I've written until you watch this video... Once you dry your eyes, think about some of the huge implications of this story for people who serve in Christian ministry, personally or vocationally. Lots of teams win games (50% actually) but THIS kind of win gets celebrated virally. Sometimes the role of the pros is to serve up the big moment for the big-hearted volunteer. We're all selfish, until a few of us are not, and the rest of us get swept up …

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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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7 Promises We Should Make (and Keep) to Volunteers

We pastors often struggle to ask people to give their time and talent to Jesus. Perhaps we've been rejected before and don't like to hear someone say "no." Perhaps we don't like volunteering ourselves and we transfer our own rebellious attitudes to others. Or perhaps we know, when we make "the big ask," that we're going to exhaust another servant. If the latter is true, we need to change our volunteer culture. Creating an environment in which people will gladly and readily …

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No Lone Rangers Allowed

As I prepared my message a couple of weeks ago on this topic, "No Lone Rangers Allowed," my Ministry Assistant emailed me to see if I was sure I wanted the title to go into the bulletin as I had sent it to her, which was "No Lone Rangers Aloud." What's funny is, it proved the sermon title true. Had I been a lone ranger leader, I would have looked rather silly. That's why there are no lone rangers aloud... I mean, allowed! …

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