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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

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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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37 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – January 17, 2015

Great Links and Articles Presence Is Always Greater Than Performance, by Larry Barker How To Find Your Social Media Voice, by Phil Cooke What on Earth Am I Here For?, by Rick Warren 3 Unmistakable Indicators You’re Growing as a Leader, by Scott Cochrane Communication …

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Pointers for Pastors: What Is a Purpose Driven Church?


What exactly is a 'purpose driven' church? In this Pointer for Pastors, I'll tackle that question and explain what it means to focus on God's eternal purposes for the church, rather than pretty much anything else. Click play to listen in... …

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The Pleasure and Power of Preaching with Sincerity


Paul addressed the issue of sincerity in preaching on several occasions throughout the New Testament. One such instance is 2 Corinthians 2:17, "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." As I …

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30 Quick Tips for Social Media for Churches and Nonprofits

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God invented social media, so church, you ought to use it! Nonprofits who hope to change the world? You too! I've written plenty about the theory and philosophy behind using social media. In fact, I wrote a whole book about using social media to spread the gospel and I wrote it …

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