What do you do if few or no guests are attending your church or group?

The key to getting guests to visit your church or group is not a secret. An overwhelming majority of those who visit the first time are there because they were invited by a friend or a relative. The last stat I saw on this was around 87% with the second most common reason for a visit applying to only 6% […]

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Don’t Confuse Motion with Progress

Have you ever had opportunity to get on a stationary bike for exercise? The actions taken by your legs replicate what you would do if riding a bicycle outdoors and the exertion is certainly a good way to improve your physical condition. However, the stationary bike cannot help you get anywhere. While the motion made by your legs is similar […]

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Maximized Leadership: Stop What You Are Doing!

I once read an interesting metaphor describing church strategies. It noted that Dakota tribal wisdom says: “When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”  However, churches often find themselves trying other strategies.  Consider the following ten ways that churches and organizations deal with the problem of riding dead horses: 10 – Provide additional […]

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Outstanding Organizations Are Known for Being Fast!

Outstanding organizations are known for being fast. That does not mean they are “sloppy” with their work or that they are not deliberate in decision making. But people are drawn to them because they get good service and get it in a timely manner. When I am in a restaurant, I love my meal to be freshly prepared. But, I […]

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Mission Trumps Position

Does the name Babe Ruth ring a bell? The avid sports fan certainly knows who that is. Even the less acquainted are likely aware that he held the Major League Baseball record for home runs for almost forty years before being surpassed by Hank Aaron. During the three years prior to Ruth’s dramatic hitting career, a young pitcher on the […]

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Principles to Assist with Problems – Part 2

Last week I shared two principles to assist with the problems that you face as a leader. First, we looked at the Principle of the Triage: You cannot solve a problem that you do not know how to diagnose. Secondly, we looked at The Principle of the Emergency Room: Though the wait is long, and the bill is high, the […]

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Principles to Assist with Problem-Solving – Part One

Are you facing any problems in your leadership? In your organization? On your team? Of course, you are. If there were no problems, there would be no need for leadership. Problems are perpetual, typical, aggravating, but not always normal and not all are unavoidable. Leaders are problem solvers. If you dig deep you will discover that the most effective leaders […]

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Seven Messages for Church Leaders

I have been honored over the past seven-plus months to serve as the interim Lead Pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Georgia. This is my home church and it was great to preach before family and friends each week. I preached several messages during the course of the interim that speaks to issues relevant to church leadership. I wanted […]

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What Happens When People Don’t Hear Back – Re-Post

“I’ll give you a call by the end of the week.” “I’m going to take you to lunch soon.” “I’ll get that info to you by the end of the day.” “I’ll sit down with you and we can talk it through.” Have you ever let someone down? I know that I have and I’m not proud of it. But […]

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