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The One-Word Reason We’re an Attractional Church

As we’ve moved into the next phase of planting Antioch Georgetown – a new church in Georgetown, Texas – I’m often confronted with very specific questions about our approach to ministry. Are you an attractional church? Are you a missional church? Are you an incarnational church? Granted, these questions never come from the unchurched, but rather Christians who usually have …

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Do You Need Some Foundation Work?

Erin and I visited ground zero in New York several years ago. Foundation work of the new One World Trade Center was under way and was mind boggling to see.  It was nothing like the one I built for a shed in my backyard (out of square and unleveled). The foundation work at ground zero was tedious, it took months, and …

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Top 10 Books I Recently Read that have Impacted My Life

I didn’t grow up a reader. I would have much rather spent my time outside throwing a football or playing basketball. Even to this day, reading doesn’t come easy. I still have to force myself to make time for reading. It’s funny though, because after I finish a book I never think, “Well that was a waste of time!” There’s …

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10 FREE Tools I Use to Get Stuff Done

I’ve heard it said that a carpenter is only as good as his tools. I guess who ever said that never saw me try to hang crown molding! Needless to say, having the right tools is essential to great productivity. In today’s online world, there are thousands of tools available to help you stay on track, reach goals, and be more …

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10 Creative Ways to Refuel Volunteers

Appreciation goes a long way. It's like gas in the tank. Every time a volunteers serves, he/she is spending time and energy. They're burning fuel. It's your job as the leader to make sure you refuel your volunteers.  Easier said than done right? Every person recieves appreciation differently. Some people prefer a tangible gift and others respond better to a word of encouragement. If you …

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5 Meetings Every Team MUST Have

  Meetings. You may love them or you may hate them, but they are necessary to the health of an organization. They can be the most productive time of your week or the biggest waste of time. So what's the difference?     You.     If you lead a team, believe it or not, you're the pendulum who decides if …

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Church Planting, the Gospel, and Relationships

  Church planting is relational because the gospel is relational. When Jesus commissioned the disciples to “go and make disciples,” it was understood this would take place within the scope of relationships. Think about it. You can’t share the gospel with a person unless you meet them, love them, and/or communicate with them. Relationships are critical for the spread of …

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Do’s and Don’ts of Recruiting

Let’s face it.  We all need volunteers.  If it weren’t for volunteers in our churches guests wouldn’t be greeted, kids wouldn’t be taught, and coffee wouldn’t be served. Overall, things wouldn’t get done. We really need volunteers.  Here’s the thing all leaders must keep in mind: People don’t volunteer because there is a need.  People volunteer because they want to make a difference. I …

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Let Your Volunteers Go

When I married Erin, one of our vows was, “Till death do us part.”  That’s great for your marriage, but bad for your volunteers. In ministry, we spend hours recruiting new volunteers, training those volunteers, and creating environments where those volunteers can use their spiritual gifts.  There’s a lot of time, energy, and resources poured into people.  The thought of …

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4 Things You NEED to Know about Volunteers

When I began pastoring my first church in 2011, I had very little experience in leading a church.  Actually, I had none. However, I was excited!  I was excited about being able to minister to people. I was excited about being able to preach God’s Word. I had dreams. Dreams of changing the world. Dreams of revival breaking out in …