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My goal with this blog is to inspire and equip church leaders to build healthy churches that fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

The Top 10 Posts of 2016

The Top 10 Posts of 2016

I had quite a bit of blog traffic this year coming from all over the world. I am thrilled that ...
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The Church that Canceled Christmas!?

The Church that Canceled Christmas!?

"WHAT!?  You're not having services on Christmas Sunday? Pastor, are you out of your mind?  What kind of church doesn't ...
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WHY SHOULD I RETAKE THE CLASSES?

WHY SHOULD I RETAKE THE CLASSES?

THREE REASONS I NEED TO RETAKE THE CLASSES Someone may have thought (not you, but some other person), "I love the ...
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How to Make America Great (or any country for that matter)

How to Make America Great (or any country for that matter)

I have lived through twelve presidential election cycles. In each one the candidates work hard to point out what's currently ...
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Why You Should NOT Give Money to that Homeless Person

Why You Should NOT Give Money to that Homeless Person

There he is again. The guy at the corner holding his sign, hoping that sympathetic travelers will donate some money ...
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The ABCs of Empowerment

The ABCs of Empowerment

In my last article I looked at the 3 Principles of Effective Leadership. Delegation and empowerment are easier to write ...
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3 Principles of Effective Leadership

3 Principles of Effective Leadership

When it comes to leadership, perhaps the most often used passage in the Bible is Exodus 18. This is the story ...
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WHY YOU SHOULD BE DOING PARTNERSHIP MISSIONS

WHY YOU SHOULD BE DOING PARTNERSHIP MISSIONS

I just returned from my third trip to our partner church in China. We are now reaping the tenfold fruit ...
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What Rwanda Teaches the Church

What Rwanda Teaches the Church

When the genocide occurred in Rwanda, I was a young father with two small children working 60-80 hours a week ...
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6 Things Your Spiritual Gifts Won't Do

6 Things Your Spiritual Gifts Won’t Do

I've been a Christian for over 35 years now. I remember the excitement I felt when I first learned about ...
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7 Reasons People May Not Sing in Church

7 Reasons People May Not Sing in Church

I've heard people say, "I don't like the new music because it's all about performance. I like the hymns because ...
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How Santa Got into Our Church

How Santa Got into Our Church

In my last blog I shared why we stopped doing an annual Fall Festival. If you have not read that ...
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Solid Answers for Troubling Times

Solid Answers for Troubling Times

It's happened again. Unbelievable atrocities as terrorists erupt violence on hundreds of innocent bystanders. The images filling our screens and ...
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Why We Stopped Doing Fall Fest

Why We Stopped Doing Fall Fest

Our church had been hosting an annual Fall Festival for decades when we decided to switch to a Christmas community ...
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The Power of Catharsis

The Power of Catharsis

The date was May 21, 2008. I was meeting with a local pastor talking shop when an urgent phone call ...
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How to Get Through What You're Going Through

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through

Ever felt like the odds are stacked against you? Like whatever you try goes bad? Yeah, well then you're in ...
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What Should be Our Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage?

What Should be Our Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage?

Unless you've been in a coma for the last few days, you've heard that on Friday, June 26, 2015, the ...
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3 Things Church Shoppers Look For

3 Things Church Shoppers Look For

Ah, summer.  That time of the year when disgruntled church members, under the cloud of vacation season, do a little ...
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The Undeniable Test of Character

The Undeniable Test of Character

A preacher asked the audience, "If you squeeze an orange, what comes out?" "Orange juice!" someone yelled out. "Wrong!" he ...
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5 Principles of a Powerful Family Ministry

5 Principles of a Powerful Family Ministry

When I first came to Oak Ridge there was only one other family with young children. As the leadership worked ...
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How a Ministry Disappointment Turned into a Powerful Development!

How a Ministry Disappointment Turned into a Powerful Development!

(Live or Memorex? This is a picture of our video feed from our Unplugged Service in our Theater Venue) In ...
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10 Questions First Time Guests are Asking

10 Questions First Time Guests are Asking

Every church I know of holds weekend worship services. Most of them hold at least 52 a year. Nearly all ...
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4 Reasons Our Church Does an Annual Recommit Covenant

4 Reasons Our Church Does an Annual Recommit Covenant

One of my favorite movies of all time is Braveheart. This movie is chock full of life and leadership lessons ...
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The 3 Most Deadly Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes

The 3 Most Deadly Mistakes Nearly Everyone Makes

One of my favorite parables from Jesus is found in Luke 12:16-20: “Then he told them a story: “A rich ...
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