March 2020

Church Leadership
When You’re Trying To Lead Others, But You’re Barely Holding On
A lot of people in positions of leadership are working hard to fight off feelings of helplessness right now.
When You’re Trying To Lead Others, But You’re Barely Holding On

This is harder than I expected.

No, I’m not sick. And none of my loved ones are. So, for those of you who are sick or who are dealing with the illness or (God forbid) the death of a loved one, I cannot imagine your burden.

But even for those of us who are simply being asked ...

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Church & Culture
Why Untrustworthy Leadership Is Not Just Bad, But Deadly
This is not a call to trust our leaders. It’s a call for leaders to be more trustworthy.

The most important aspect of leadership is not competence, communication or innovation.

It’s integrity.

When we can’t trust our leaders, life can turn really bad, really fast. Even deadly.

We’re seeing it in real time right now. The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) ...

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Innovative Ministry
So Your Small Church Live-Stream Stinks – Here’s Why That’s Okay
If you want to make a real difference, don’t get bogged down in the details of video streaming.

Just about every church is live-streaming their services now.

Necessity being the mother of invention (and adaptation), we’re all doing what we have to do.

Churches with pre-existing live-stream technology are learning how to conduct their service from an empty room, while ...

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Church & Culture
5 Guidelines For Using Humor In A Time Of Crisis (Or Not)
If you're not sure, don't post it. You’ll never regret the joke you don’t tell.

(Photo: Justin humorously explains social distancing, but laughs so hard that he and Manuel forget not to touch their faces.)

Humor is gift from God.


The ability to laugh, even (especially?) during a crisis is an important way to find relief and share community.

But knowing ...

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Church & Culture
Quarantined? 17 Ideas To Keep Your Body, Mind And Spirit Strong
This is a serious and difficult time. Quarantines are hard. But we can do more than endure, we can step up and be strong.

Over the next few weeks there will be a lot of people quarantined in their homes in an all-out attempt to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

This is cause for concern, but it need not be a cause for fear. Especially if we prepare well for it.

But what exactly can ...

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Christian Unity
No, The New CDC Guidelines Are Not A "Win" For Small Churches
We should all look forward to the day when churches of all sizes are able to gather again.

As of today, the CDC has recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more people should be canceled for the next 8 weeks.

Small church win, right?


No one wins in this.

No “I told you so’s”

As a long-time proponent of the value of small churches, you might think ...

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Innovative Ministry
Church Canceled? 6 Ways To Respond – And 5 Ways Not To
The church is always at our best, not when things are going well, but when we respond in a Christ-like manner to a difficult circumstance.

Did you just find out that your home church won’t be holding public services this weekend?

If so, you’re not alone.

Your church leaders aren’t panicking. At this point, especially if your church is large, this is a responsible decision.

The current global health ...

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Innovative Ministry
100 Days To A Healthier Church Launches Today!
Here’s an excerpt from my latest book, a practical, principled plan for your church to get one step healthier.
100 Days To A Healthier Church Launches Today!

Today is the day!

You can now buy a copy of my newest book, 100 Days To A Healthier Church!

Here’s an excerpt.

Chapter 2: What Can Be Done in 100 Days?

Turning a church from unhealthy to healthy is a daunting task.

It starts by working smarter, not harder.

Here’s an example.

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