Going Back to Your Home Church: To Go or Not to...

Every now and then I get asked the question, “Should I go back and revitalize my home church?” This is a good question and...

Revisiting “The Welcome”

We are in the midst of replanting our local church. After 10 years of being lone rangers, we have connected with a church with...

One Sure Way to Attract Leaders

I learned in church revitalization that many times entrepreneurial type leaders disappear when things aren’t working well. People who like big visions and want...

Survival is Suicidal

One guarantee: If survival is the goal of a church, then death is the inevitable outcome. Survival is “all about us.” When a church is...

4 Types Of People Who Give Anonymous Criticism

As a leader for over 30 years, I’ve received my share of criticism. It comes with leadership. If you aren’t receiving criticism — you...

Jesus and Gardening

Even though I grew up on a farm, I know very little about gardening. To be honest, most vegetables and I don’t get along....

A Month By Month Guide To Understanding Your Listener’s Mindsets

All great communicators begin with focusing on their listener’s mindset, not their topic. Senior Pastor’s who are great preachers are no exception to this rule. Below...

The Three Second Rule

It happened again. Great worship was happening and then … nothing. Silence Dead air time Squirrel!!! Let’s be honest here … if the radio (or your favorite online...

Mistakes I Hope to Make In 2020

Sometimes the best mistakes are premeditated. We can sometimes assume that to lose in any way is a horrible thing that must be avoided...

Mastering Tough Decisions

According to John Maxwell - everything rises and falls on leadership. Leadership consists of making decisions. Decisions are the genesis of progress and forward...

Reaching and Revitalizing Rural America

Multiple voices have articulated a burden for this area, and they are no longer distant and inaudible. Many of these leaders grew up in...

Five Ways to Develop Margin in Your Life

If you look up the definition of margin, you’ll get a few different answers. The edge or border of something. The amount by which...

7 Helpful Skills for Pastors Who Want to Grow Churches

I came close to titling these “essential” skills, but I knew that was unfair. God grows churches and He works through all different types...

Dealing with Critics

How can a church planter deal with critics and criticism within the church? In this quick video, Jeff Hoglen shares 3 tips on dealing with...

Get Visitors Back

We get asked about how to turn visitors into returning guests pretty regularly. Over the years, we’ve been gathering some of the best ideas...

4 Conversations You Probably Need to Have with the Worship Leader

If I asked 100 lead pastors what is the staff or volunteer position that is most difficult to work with, how many do you...

4 Reasons Rural Churches Should Consider Going Multisite

The following post was written by Brett Bixby and was originally posted on Travis Stephen's website - travisstephens.me There are lots of multisite churches in...

Help, No One Wants to Volunteer at My Church

As people continue to get busier and commitment to the church continues to decrease, it’s become harder and harder to convince people to volunteer...

A Leadership Experiment – The Little Things Matter

In making the first impression, the little things matter. When a visitor shows up on one of our church campuses for the first time, the...

How to make a difference in your city

Did you know Jesus has a plan for you in the city He has sent you to?  In Luke 8:26-38, a once demon-possessed man is...