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Learning Churches Are Growing Churches

I work with and talk with leaders at a ton of churches. The ones that struggle the most are the ones most isolated and living on an island, not paying attention to what’s going on around them. They have very few relationships with pastors and churches within or outside of their community. Leaders from churches that are growing, on the …

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How to Kill Youth Group Drama

Many youth leaders are struggling with “youth group drama.” A hypersensitive clique of girls is mad at an insensitive clique of sarcastic boys (or vice verse or mix-and-match). Sides are taken. Words are spoken. Words are hurled. Feelings are hurt. I’ve seen this happen at my son and daughter’s Christian school and literally tear groups of friends apart. You can feel it in …

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Why Would a Church Spend $40,000 on Facebook Advertising?

I will never forget that one Sunday. We were launching a new message series called “Healing.” It was all about how Jesus’ Beatitudes are the ultimate pathway for recovery. We spent about $200 sponsoring a video advertising the series during the week leading up to the first Sunday. The results? We had 74 first-time guests, and, literally, all of them indicated …

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30 Easter Sermon Preaching Ideas

Easter is coming again soon. Are you ready? Every year pastors have the duty to come up with yet another great Easter sermon. But after years of preaching the same message, you can start to feel like a broken record. The Easter message should be the same every year. You should preach the Good News of the resurrection of Jesus. …

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5 Big Tips for Preaching to Unchurched People

In terms of seeing radical life changes in individuals, nothing can take the place of Spirit-anointed preaching. The message is still the most important element of a worship service for the unchurched. Saddleback’s growth — in spite of hot gymnasiums, cold tents, and crowded parking — has shown that people will put up with a lot of inconveniences and limitations …

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Vulnerable and Covered in Grace

I have been a pastor’s wife for twenty years. I was nineteen years young when I married and my husband, right after he had accepted his first pastorate. Looking back now, I realize I knew nothing then. I knew how to stand at the back of the church dutifully by my husband’s side and shake hands with sweet people who really didn’t …

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Living On Mission… Living Transformed!

This year my husband, John, and I are celebrating twenty years in full-time ministry. Twenty years! (cue the confetti and horn blowers) Throughout those years we have had the joy of serving on staff at churches in New England and in Southern California. While the places look nothing like each other from the outside, I have found that the experiences …

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5 Ways to Lead the Next Generation and Avoid Becoming Obsolete

Somehow we’ve gotten a little confused about the essence of leadership. If you think it’s all about getting bigger, going higher, and commanding more respect and attention from others, you’ve missed the point. Leadership is all about giving everything we’ve got to others. If we have knowledge, wisdom, and insight, we lead by giving it away. We grow by investing in …

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How Do You Handle Staff Mistakes?

I’ve said many times, I want everyone on my staff to make at least one mistake a week. Through Saddleback, I’ve learned that if you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not trying anything new. If you’re not trying anything new, then you’re not learning, and if you’re not learning, then you’re already out of date. I want my staff members …

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