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Can I Have a Do-Over? Redeeming Your Regrets from 2016

Meredith Mahon Morris January 11, 2017

As 2016 wraps up, it’s hard not to glance back over my shoulder at the year without carrying regrets into the new. While I can certainly count some victories won over the past 12 months, there have been many losses as well. Some of these are friends and loved ones who are no longer with… Continue Reading »

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Energize Community Stewardship with Favorite Activities

Jan Jasmin December 1, 2016

Knowing where your congregation’s interests lie is an important part of the generosity equation. When you’re asking them to volunteer their time, contribute money or take part in community outreach programs, you’ll get a greater and more committed response when you ask them to do something they enjoy. Learning the activities and hobbies that are… Continue Reading »

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Opening Wide the Window of Gratitude

Meredith Mahon Morris November 24, 2016

Recently, I heard a preacher teach how most of us face unwanted circumstances with either Fear or Faith. I’ve walked through a number of hard things lately – unwanted news, sick loved ones, painful relationships – and my knee-jerk reaction is usually fear. I want to respond with faith, but how do I get there? In those… Continue Reading »

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Recruiting Volunteers by Sharing your “Why”

John Gilman November 15, 2016

Recruiting new volunteers is an ongoing need in growing congregations. As people move or experience a change in life circumstances, they move out of certain volunteer roles, leaving gaps in serving areas. It can be challenging to communicate needs to the congregation without sounding desperate or pleading. The goal is to recruit volunteers who are… Continue Reading »

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5 Steps to Engaging with your Congregation

John Gilman October 28, 2016

Church attendance seems to be trending down these days for sure. Commitment is lacking and there are plenty of distractions that keep the average church-goer’s attention away from church. Church leaders should be concerned about this and asking themselves how we can keep our congregation focused and engaged in our ministry. There are many opinions… Continue Reading »

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The Importance of Small Groups in your Ministry

John Gilman October 24, 2016

Church growth strategies come and go with new trends all the time.  Today’s church culture shows that most churches have plateaued and are actually in decline.  Today’s churchgoer doesn’t just want to be a casual attender, but be involved in genuine relationships with others who do life together.  Therefore, as a church leader, it is… Continue Reading »

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Connecting through Common Interests: Debunking Small Group Fears

Meredith Mahon Morris October 21, 2016

Over the past 20 years, many churches have transitioned their discipleship approach from Sunday School to small groups. Many people imagine a small group as a very awkward attempt at forced spiritual intimacy among a group of relative strangers. Discipleship directors have experienced skepticism and even received direct opposition to this change. The struggles have… Continue Reading »

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Fostering the Right Kind of Communication

Meredith Mahon Morris September 29, 2016

Reaching church members with the right message at the right time is tough, quite frankly. As our society becomes increasingly mobile, churches have a great opportunity to reach people where they are. But as technology continues to advance, new challenges can, often times, rear their ugly little heads. How can pastors and small group leaders… Continue Reading »

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Giving your Visitors the VIP Treatment

John Gilman September 28, 2016

It’s no surprise that churches should go to great lengths to reach out to visitors, but do they? New visitors should be treated like VIP’s backstage at a concert. Visitors want to get to know the pastor. They want to be introduced to other people and small group leaders. They want to know their children… Continue Reading »

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