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Loving through failure

Churches go through life cycles. They grow; they decline. They are started, and they close. Sometimes, following the life of the church is similar to following your favorite sports team where we are asked to support it even when it disappoints us. In this article...

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Is Voting the Best Way to Make Collective Decisions?

Is Voting the Best Way to Make Collective Decisions?

How does your church make decisions? Does everyone have a vote? Is there a model of finding consensus? Is there a church-wide conversation or one among a leadership team or among pastors alone? There are many different ways churches arrive at decisions, and each has...

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The Church Isn’t Dying. It’s Being Remade.

The Church Isn’t Dying. It’s Being Remade.

At a conference a few months ago, I heard a pastor say matter-of-factly, in response to a question about attendance decline, "We have been due for a reformation. It happens about every 500 years." This may sound silly, but there is some truth to it. Churches, as in...

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5 Addicitons the Church Must Overcome to Grow in the Future

5 Addicitons the Church Must Overcome to Grow in the Future

In this age of uncertainty, it is tempted to lean upon the past as the guidepost for the future. We built our churches as full-fledged institutions with our own buildings, staff, and programs. As much as these things are indeed helpful to ministry, they can also be a...

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