Leading Change

How Church Will Change Because of COVID-19

Across the country, churches are starting to open up for services again. With this reality, there are all kinds of different tactics and strategies for doing so. Despite this, we are far from the way things were before the novel…

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Bringing Kids Back to Church after COVID-19

In raising kids, one thing is for sure. You’re always playing the long game. And that is particularly true as Christ-following parents chart the spiritual course for their children to love and honor God. So, with this reality, how do…

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Will Churches Go Back to Normal Post-Covid-19?

The world has just gone through, and is still in the midst of dealing with, the biggest pandemic our current generations have ever known. Much reference has been made of the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. Now, we have our…

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4 Steps to Live and Thrive During Uncertainty in Ministry

Uncertainty is something that plagues the human mind and heart almost constantly. I don’t think I have ever met someone who did not feel uncertain of something. Right now, more than ever, our world is full of uncertainty. COVD-19 is…

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A Case Study for Reopening Churches

At the time of this posting, pastors everywhere are looking at reopening churches following COVID-19. They’ve spent the last two months doing everything possible to keep the Body connected. And from the contacts I’ve had, these pastors have done an…

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How to Do Kids & Youth Ministry During COVID-19

These can be trying times for church leaders as they try to figure out how to do kids & youth ministry during COVID-19. But with keeping the proper perspective and making the most out of every opportunity, we can continue…

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How Self-Policing Can Help a Negative Church Board Member Become Positive

What in the world do you do with a church board member who goes sideways in a meeting? How can you help that negative church board member become positive? Here’s an idea.  How about the church board self-police?  Ever heard…

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Church Board Members Disagreeing Without Drawing Blood

Strong lead pastors and strong board members CAN get along. And they CAN disagree without drawing blood and still get along. I remember back in the day, I served a great church in Des Moines, Iowa. This was a church…

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Church Government: Democracy vs Theocracy?

Not sure how it is in other parts of the world, but here in the U.S. we now live in a 24/7/365 election cycle. This election cycle is what keeps the wheels turning just west of the Atlantic Ocean. Some…

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P3 Free Book Download

Are you ready to transform your church’s ability to hear from God? There comes a time in the life of any pastor where they desire more of God. They want to commune with Him at a deeper level and lead…

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Top 8 Areas of Ministry to Improve

Ever wondered what it takes to move your church to the next level — how to improve your church — to make it better and more effective to mission? It happens only when you are willing to take the specific…

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How to Succeed A Lead Pastor During Church Transition

Succeed A Lead Pastor… Sometimes it happens where a staff member or key volunteer of a good church is just merrily going about their ministry… and then the lead pastor resigns, and they are called upon to succeed the lead…

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How to Avoid the Summer Slump for Your Church

NOTE:  It may or may not be summer when you read this blog.  But you get the drift.  Any time of year, you could have a slump. So read this “Summer Slump” blog as an “Anytime Slump” blog and you’ll…

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4 Ways to Ensure You Don’t Stop Growing

A pastor friend of mine and I were hanging out for a weekend at his church. Justin and I loved the time together. A good church with a rich history. After reviewing the church, groups, staff, board, and Sunday services…

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How to Build Systems Even When You’re Not Systems-Oriented

Some reading this blog are like my son, Jonathan. The guy is more organized than an Amazon Fulfillment Center. He dots more i’s and crosses more t’s than anyone I know. Then there are guys like me. I’m fairly organized…

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10 Step System to Recruiting Volunteers

If there is any single given in church ministry, it is that volunteers make the church go ‘round. Where would we be in the church without the faithfulness of men, women, boys and girls who give of themselves in service…

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Setting the Stage for Successful Change in the Church

If I’ve heard it asked once I’ve heard it 1000 times. “Dick, how in the world do I navigate change in the church?”  Wow! That’s a big one. Change to some people comes very natural. To others it’s like the…

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7 Questions to Ask When Striving to Improve Ministry

I talked to a pastor not too long ago and this guy really has it all together. He’s strong administratively and organizationally, he can preach and he can lead. In fact, he’s a very good leader. He knows he has…

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How to Cultivate Generosity in the Church

People Want To Be Generous! My wife and I watched a 12-year old BBC television series called Monarch of the Glen not long ago. It’s a lightweight, fun program with all sorts of interesting dramatic twists and turns. A number…

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10 Steps to Navigating Change with Your Church Board

Leading change! Don’t you love it when you suggest change to people and you get the, “I’m really not sure I want to do this” look in their eyes? This can be particularly challenging when you are working with a…

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