We know that outsiders and guests are more likely to show up at Easter than any other Sunday, right? In fact, we also know that our infrequent attenders are probably going to show up for Easter. We don’t have to hear all of their typical excuses for why they haven’t shown up in a while!…

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Christmas. I think we can all agree it’s a pretty big deal. And in the church world, it’s definitely one of the biggest deals of the year! Besides the obvious reason (you know, the birth of the Savior who changed the game for our faith), Christmas is a big deal at church because it’s the…

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How to Keep the Easter Momentum Going for Your Church … By Having a Sufficient System for Follow Up Ben Crawshaw Because follow-up should be a slam dunk in your church! Follow up is one of the most important systems in your church, but it’s something we too often leave unchecked. We hope people get…

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Christmas presents such a great opportunity for outreach in your church. Because even the unchurched let their guards down, even if just a little, when it comes to church at Christmas, your ability to speak to those far from God can be pivotal. Rather than squander the opportunity, make the most of it. In fact,…

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How to gain, train and retain volunteers by Ben Crawshaw We’ve made the system easy to remember (if you know your ABC song). 1. ATTRACT: You have to attract the right kind of volunteers into your ministry. Some people may use the word “recruit” or “persuade” or “guilt”. Whatever the language you use, I think…

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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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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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Epic Blogs

Often, we can get stuck as pastors and church leaders. We slip into a rut of only “preaching to the choir.” Even though we want to reach lost people, our community, and people who desperately need Jesus, we’re not. Why? Well, it’s not because we don’t care. It may be because we’ve slipped into some…

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When you have guests who show up at your church, they’re going to walk away and say one of two things… “I felt like a guest” Or “I felt like an intruder” Many guests haven’t been to church in a long time. Many of them are skeptical or afraid. Sometimes, they’re just not sure what…

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In church, we often make the mistake of telling people the truth without communicating it through a real-life story or example that could impact a person’s life. Telling someone God can change their life is never as powerful as showing them a changed life. One of the best ways to do that? A story. Think…

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