Maximized Leadership: Part 2 of Effective Churches Think Differently

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. . .                                                 Proverbs 23:7 Last week I shared the following:   The way that we think is important because it is our thinking that affects our actions.  The way in which we think comprises our attitude.  Good attitudes lead to better decisions and healthier decisions.  Churches also have attitudes

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Effective Churches Think Differently

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. . .                                        Proverbs 23:7 The way that we think is important because it is our thinking that affects our actions.  The way in which we think comprises our attitude.  Good attitudes lead to better decisions and healthier decisions.  Churches also have attitudes that we often refer to as

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How Grandparents Can Help The Grands Connect to Church for Life

When Tom Crites and I conducted the research for the book “Why They Stay,” we found several surprises. The book addresses the issues that keep children and teens connected to church into their adult lives. On its face, one of the surprises sounded like bad news and actually hurt my feelings personally as a new grandparent. We were surprised to

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Keys to bringing about change

Leaders by definition serve as “change agents.” Leading change is more difficult when the followers are larger in number, when the followers have been longer entrenched in a culture, or when the leader lacks the skills to inspire and move people toward the desired change. As a leader, you only have control of one of those factors; your skills. Books

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Goldmine!

I am posting a “goldmine” on www.steveparr.net today as a free resource under the powerpoint category. This powerpoint includes quick responses to 24 common challenge Bible Study leaders face.  I hope you already have the book Sunday School That Really Responds from Kregel publications. It is available on all platforms at Amazon or your preferred online retailer or ask at

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Maximized Leadership: Are You Competing?

I love to compete. I don’t’ know that you can tell from my 56 year old body but I actually possess a pretty good sense of balance and coordination. Although I never excelled enough in athletics enough to play on the college level, I have always been able to pick up any game or sport and to become competitive pretty

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Myths about Ministry to College Age Students

I love college age students and enjoy occasional opportunities to speak at events on college campuses and churches for that life stage. My youngest daughter is in college and I have always had affection for this group. Those who know me also recognize that three years of my ministry were spent as a pastor to college age students. My concern

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How to Get the Best Out of Those You Lead

Here is a small post that can pay huge dividends in your leadership: Papa John’s Founder, John Schnatter made this observation: “I’ve always found that people who struggle are hard on others, but those who do well in life are hard on themselves.” I believe in high expectations. I believe you should expect the best of yourself and of others.

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Making Multi-Generational and Cross-Cultural Connections

Maximized Leadership: Making Multi-Generational and Cross-Cultural Connections Is your organization struggling with a generation or culture gap? Has the community changed over the past years bringing the challenges of a growing cultural diversity? These two challenges have much in common. People naturally find themselves more effective as leaders among those in the same life stage and from the same cultural

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