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How to Know When Sunday Was a Success

Baptizing In a Theater Fountain

This past Sunday, Grace Hills had our big Premiere Sunday at the Malco Pinnacle Hills Cinema. We had less than three weeks to prepare for the big move after making the decision to switch locations, so the last week or two have been fairly stressful, but when the big day arrived, …

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48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – January 24, 2015

Great Links and Articles How to Get our Church to Embrace the Vision, by Shawn Lovejoy 13 Practical Leadership Tips from 10 Years of Managing People, by Alex McClafferty How to Win Battles With Odds Stacked Against You, by Kenny Luck 4 Ways to Beat the Resistance and …

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5 Great Habits for Spiritual Entrepreneurs from Forbes Magazine


Contrary to the approaches of plenty of other ministry leaders, I celebrate spiritual entrepreneurship and believe it's closely related to the apostolic gifts demonstrated by the church's earliest missionaries. Because of my love for leadership, I read too many articles about …

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The 3 Big Questions of this Social, Digital Age

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I've decided to connect with a lot of people in a lot of different ways. I also read a lot of stuff, mostly online but also in print. And I try to write and share great content along the way. The problem is, each of these is never-ending. In other words, there will always be …

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Tim Stevens: Embracing the Pain of Growth

Fairness Is Overrated

A pastor asked me to talk to his staff and answer this question: “If our church is going to double in the next two years [from five hundred to a thousand], what will it take?” The same question might be asked from a business leader: “If we want to double sales in the next two …

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3 Ways Water Sunday Can Satisfy Thirst and Change the World

Water Sunday

Water Sunday is one Sunday your church or small group sets aside to focus on the global water crisis, through a variety of activities, studies or sermons that bring the congregation into solidarity with people all over the world who lack safe water. It includes a special offering …

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8 Ways to Stop Biggering and Start Bettering the Church

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Remember the Once-ler? From The Lorax by Dr. Seuss? He was a fairly normal guy who wanted to build a big business at the expense of the environment, so he kept "biggering and biggering" until all the trees were gone, the wildlife had vacated the landscape, and his business …

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Pointers for Pastors: Lead Better by Understanding Basic Psychology


Not all change leads to growth, obviously, but growth never happens without change. So leadership is, in large part, motivating and organizing a group of people to change and grow. But... nobody likes change. Even people who say they like change don't like it naturally. They've …

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and When Dreams Become Movements


Go see Selma. Angie and I caught it on Saturday night and were moved by its message. Be prepared for Lyndon Johnson's profanity and some scenes that are shockingly violent. Both represent realities of the era. Here's the trailer... Dr. King has …

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Grace Hills, Happy Birthday! You’ve Been Featured In a Magazine!

Ministry Today

Well Grace Hills, you've been featured in a two-page spread in Ministry Today magazine (<- click that link to read this issue), which has a readership of somewhere in the ballpark of 100,000. It's fairly appropriate that the magazine arrived in my mail on our third anniversary …

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