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Reaffirmations Friday – March 11th

Whether you’re a church Pastor, directing a ministry, or simply a volunteer, you most likely don’t have too much time during your day to keep up with what’s being written or discussed around key ministry topics like developing discipleship, increasing participation or building stronger church community.
But, that’s OK! Because every week, we’ll round up of some of the most helpful and inspirational news and articles published on the web and give them to you here, in one centralized place as part of our “Reaffirmations Friday.”
Here are the top ministry blogs and articles this week detailing anything you may have missed.
3 Things New Leaders Need to Listen For
If you are a new leader, you have ideas. You have changes that you want to make. And, inevitably, you desire to communicate the ideas and changes quickly. But while your initial desire is to speak, don’t forget to do something equally, if not more, important—listen. Because it is through listening that you become a better communicator and leader… Written by Art Rainer
5 Questions to Ask When Creating a Digital Strategy for your Church
I’ve been blessed to speak to groups of leaders across the country, consulting with them about effective digital strategies and what it means to have a dynamic web presence. The question I get asked the most is this:  What’s the best digital platform to post our content to?  In order to have a clear understanding of the answer to that question, you’ll need to think through your digital strategy… Written by Eboni Green
3 Keys to Help Your Children’s Ministry Thrive
Our Executive Search Consultant Milan Ford recently interviewed Kendra Fleming, Director of Children’s Ministry at North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia, for our Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast. As a respected thought leader, Kendra offered invaluable insight and wisdom on how to build, run, and keep a great Children’s Ministry team… Written by Bethany Brewster
Five Dangers of Speaking in Hyperbole
Pastors and politicians are notorious for speaking in hyperbole. I’d rather not blog on politics, so I’ll focus this post on pastors and church leaders. Most pastors communicate with good intentions, and most pastors are genuinely excited about God’s work in their churches. In fact, one of the main questions I get when I consult with pastors is How can I get my church more excited… Written by Sam Rainer
When a Pastor Falls, is Restoration Possible?
When a Pastor fails morally there is extensive “collateral damage”. The pain isn’t limited to the pastor’s family, the entire church takes a punch in the gut and almost immediately people begin choosing sides. Typically, there is a group that forms to force the pastor to resign and leave, and another group that champions forgiveness and restoration… Written by Dan Reiland
How I Went from Seminary into Business
When I once shared with a businessman that I was in seminary, studying theology in preparation for going into business, he responded without hesitation, “Does that mean you’re planning to become a televangelist?” Many of my fellow Christians have been equally as baffled as to how theological training is relevant to the marketplace… Written by Darren Shearer
Is there an article you saw this week that you think should have made this list? Let us know!

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