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Top Ten Quotes: Unlocking Your Church’s Invite Culture

I’m convinced that the most effective way to see growth happen in your church is still the most basic way: word of mouth, one-on-one invitations between friends. That’s just one of the reasons I’m excited...

Q&A: How Can I Prevent a Mass Exodus…Before the Service Ends?

Q: Every week at the end of our worship service, there is a mass exodus out the back door during the closing song. How can I change that? [from the 2024 blog survey] A: This...

Easter Closeout Sale: Act Now!

Before you read the following post, take note that the original publication date was April 1. April. First. April Fools Day. Thank you. And carry on. As this post goes live, we’re just a few...

Easter Weekend is Here. (You Should Be, Too.)

This weekend, millions of Christians around the globe will gather to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, the cornerstone event that split time in two and changed this world – and the next...

Volunteer Culture: How to Lead a Laborer

This is part two of a four-part series on the types of people we find on our volunteer teams. Missed the first part? Get started here. Defining the Laborer In the first post of this...

Multi-Site EPODs: Promoting the Preferred

We continue a miniseries based on this long-ago post titled Multi-Site: You Need an EPOD. An EPOD is one of the tried-and-true tools in our multi-site toolbox, and keeps us on the literal same page....

Q&A: How Do I Deal with an Inconsistent Staff Leader?

Q: I’m a volunteer on a ministry team at my church. The staff member who manages our team is inconsistent at best. How can I navigate this? [from the 2024 blog survey] A: It’s hard...

Top Ten Quotes: Transformative Friendships

Simply put, my friend and co-worker Brad Hambrick is a gift to the local church. A counselor by trade and training, he believes in the concept of “showing your work,” and has helped untold numbers...

Get on the List for our 2024 Guest Services Weekenders!

Here’s a quick public service announcement from your friendly neighborhood Guest Services Team: The May 30 Guest Services Weekender is a sellout. Not sellout like when Amy Grant started singing on secular radio in the...

How Does a Hospitable Culture Apply to Small Groups? (part two)

We’re in a new series called Hospitable Culture. The big question is this: What if hospitality isn’t something we do, it’s simply who we are? In other words, what if we could bump hospitality beyond...

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