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As you grow from a small church to a big church, it is important that your church moves from an auditory culture to a written culture. I suggest putting together a playbook so everyone gets and stays on the same page. Small churches stay small because everything is done by a few people who have...
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For years, the local church has focused on developing a way to assimilate people who begin attending their church into participants in their church. Depending on how a church is setup, the metaphor of bases, tracks, pathways, classes, or stages is used.The journey can begin with meeting church leadership, an introduction to the mission, vision,...
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One of the questions I get from Pastors is how they can move to pendulum to be more focused on discipleship in their church.  I’d like to give you a few ideas about how that’s possible.  Model it without announcing it. Don’t stand on stage and tell people what you are going to do.  Quietly...
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Whether you go to church or not we all want one thing. A tribe to belong to. A group to call your own. People who are more than just acquaintances, neighbors, coworkers, or fellow church goers. People who you love to be with and love to be with you. People you can trust and depend...
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If you track the way church has operated for hundreds of years, you will see striking similarities.   Structure In structure there is always a leader or group of leaders (sometimes appointed, sometimes elected), then successive levels of leaders who are tasked with various responsibilities or tasks that fit within the desired scope of the...
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I have learned over the years that there are two sides to the local church: the organization and the organism. Sometimes they compete for attention and fight for ultimate priority. As a leader I must always give the organism priority. History The early church was organized in a structure that mirrored the Jewish rabbinical leadership...
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There are various aspects that a church leadership team should consider in order to implement a culture of disciple-making in the local church. Here are a few of them. Clear Structure An understanding of the structures of the church. This includes the accountability structures of a pastor, board, elders, staff, etc. It also includes the...
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The term “discipleship path” means different things to different people.   For some, it means getting a person connected, involved, contributing, and leading in a church.  For others, it means getting a person saved, baptized, maybe Spirit Baptized, growing and living out their faith, then pouring into others who are on the same trajectory.  Or...
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To lead a church in the western world can be a daunting task. We face enormous pressure as we head into this new decade. In this article, I’d like to state the obvious and then offer a personal perspective. Here is the obvious. Church leaders are juggling different realities all at once. Generations, Migration, and...
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When the message of Jesus began to spread across the roman empire and new communities of disciples were birthed – these communities were very small. In most cases, the early churches were small enough to meet in homes. Both Peter and Paul, the earliest missionaries who helped to see these churches birthed, felt the need...
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