by Ben Crawshaw Regardless of the size, denomination, or location of your church, you have processes. The question is … are those processes streamlined and effective? Or random and chaotic? In this video, I talk about what the most effective churches do differently than those that struggle. Watch the video and answer the question for…

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7 Side Effects of Leadership Hoarding

Not giving away leadership. We’ve seen it countless times in local churches.  Senior pastors in local churches say they want to build a preaching team.  They hire a staff of talented communicators.  These communicators are young, energetic, charismatic, and funny.  They add tremendous life and vitality to the church.  People are naturally drawn to them…

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Pastoral Care

I’ll be honest. I’ve seen pastoral care and counseling catch a lot of pastors off guard. They were ready for sermon prep, budget management, volunteer recruitment, weddings, funerals, and board meetings. But they weren’t ready for the consistent requests from congregation members to “meet with them.” Now you be honest… Is pastoral counseling draining to…

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Make a Difference

We moved to a new city when my oldest daughter was in Kindergarten. And when we looked for a church home, one of the most important things for us was location. We wanted a church close enough that it wouldn’t be intimating to invite our neighbors. Now, while this effort was noble, I didn’t take…

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Staff Development

Let’s be real, pastors. Sometimes your staff members mess up. Sometimes, they fall into bad habits or patterns that need to be addressed by you, the leader. Most people don’t like conflict. But it’s necessary if you want to have a healthy team and organization. Sometimes you can ask questions that allow people to point…

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Reinforce Vision Volunteers

Vision. When people ask you things like, “What’s your church all about?” Or, “As a leader, what’s your goal for your church?” they’re referring to vision. They want to know where you’re leading people. Vision is about more than the number of people who show up. It’s the why behind what you do or don’t…

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Preaching Calendar

A preaching calendar leads to more focused preparation, more confidence in your sermons, and a balanced diet of spiritual exhortation. One of the best ways to build an annual preaching calendar is to take one or two days and focus on the task. With a little bit of preparation and some intentional focus, you can…

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“I’m convinced that the influence a church has on its community will be determined in large part not by the personality of the pastor, the size of its building, or how long the ministry has worked in the community. It will be determined, instead, by the percentage of involvement in the ministry of each member.…

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We often don’t think about staff meetings until we’re about to lead them. In the midst of our busy schedules, we need something to jump-start our preparation. Set aside time before each meeting to remind yourself of what you need to cover and who you’re going to celebrate. Even better, create a weekly checklist. Use…

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As part of our #ShareTheLove effort, we want to talk about sharing the love with the next generations, both within and beyond our churches. We want to influence these generations, and to do that we need to make the most of their worldviews, their creativity, and their knowledge of current affairs and technology to increase…

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