When I began speaking in front of people, I was terrible. Simply awful. I was nervous and self-conscious. I was sweaty and confusing (now that’s a bad combo—sweaty and confusing). If you had heard me speak, you probably would’ve thought I was drunk. I wasn’t . . . I just didn’t know what to say.…

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Startling statistic … Only 14% of churches exceed their annual budgets each year. That means that 86% of the churches out there are at break-even or BROKE. This is a problem for multiple reasons.   PROBLEM #1 – Most churches have more vision than funding. This is only normal, natural, and generally a good thing.…

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There’s a good chance you’re in small group ministry because you care about people. And when you care about people, you want to connect with them. Small group discussions are great—after all, these conversations are foundational in the faith of those you lead. But if you really want to go deeper, you have to create…

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I don’t know about you, but I HATE playing games when there’s no clear scoreboard. I’ll take it one step further: I hate playing games when there’s not a prize for the winner! (Yes, even “bragging rights” are prize enough for me!). The other day, I took 6 kids to a nearby soccer field with…

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Let me start by asking you a simple question: Is there anything you can do at your church without the help and support of volunteers? I’d venture to say that if you really sat down and thought about it, your answer would probably be a resounding, “No!” That’s because volunteers are essential to the success…

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3 Reasons Systems are Important for Your Church Ben Crawshaw Have you evaluated your systems lately? Even churches (should) have systems. It’s how to remove the stress of ministry while growing a church. In fact, there is great benefit to systems that you will experience right away: 1.  You don’t have to start with a blank…

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The Rock Star Pastor Let’s talk about obscure 90’s bands, shall we? When I was a freshman in high school, the band Blind Melon (some call them a one-hit wonder, but I think that undermines their talent) came out with the song “No Rain.” I couldn’t get enough of it. That’s the song I currently…

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Staff Member Development

Staff Member Meetings Made Easy by Ben Crawshaw One-on-ones can often create anxiety for both the supervisor and employee. Bosses wonder… What in the world are we going to talk about? Is there a way I can postpone this meeting? What can I do that would be helpful to this employee? Employees worry… Am I…

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If you’re doing pastoral counseling at your church, when do you refer the person to a local counselor? If you meet with someone in your congregation and determine that they need more help than you can offer, refer them to local counselors or counseling centers that you trust. **Keep in mind, this means that you…

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