Should you treat your church newcomers like cancer patients?

Today’s guest post is from Charles Arn.  Charles shares insight from a recent life experience: Date: October 18, 2013  (Friday) Time: 02:35 p.m. Place: California Urology Medical Clinic, Pomona California  “Dr. Arn…your biopsy came back positive.  I’m afraid you have prostate cancer.” I thought he must have been talking to someone else in the room.  But we were alone…and the doctor was looking straight at me. “Are you sure?” was all I could think of to say. “Well, you are certainly welcome to get another opinion. But these biopsies are seldom wrong.” “So, now...
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Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Good news—you’re not alone! No one ever said life was going to be easy. Between financial struggles, marital issues, health scares, and the regular, run-of-the-mill problems of everyday life, it’s easy to feel weighed down and trapped by your circumstances. In times like these, it’s tempting to just throw in the towel and quit. Well, don’t do it! Perry Noble has stood at the edge of the abyss himself, and in Overwhelmed, he shares the keys to unlocking the chains of anxiety and despair once and for all. Building on the premise that when we shift our focus...
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When People Disagree with Me

In a new blog post this morning, author Donald Miller provides what he calls “Five Principles of Civil Dialogue” to help people when they have disagreements. I’m still digesting these this morning… but I thought I’d throw them out to you all so we can contemplate together.  See what you think.  Here’s the short version: 1.  The truth is not MY truth, it’s just truth. Miller says it’s important to remember that your ideas not not really YOUR ideas.  You got them from somewhere.  Chances are, you’re not the first person in the world to think the...
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I’m a new contributor at ChristianMedia Magazine…

My friend Greg Atkinson is the new Editor of Christian Media Magazine. They’ve just finished a complete rebranding of the site that you should check out. In fact, I’ll excited to announce that I’ll be writing and sharing at Christian Media Magazine in the future.  So hopefully we can connect there as well.  In fact, you can check out all of my articles here! So check out CMM on Twitter, on Facebook, on Google+ and be sure to visit ournew website and subscribe to our weekly newsletter. It’s a great resource for your ministry! Christian Media Magazine is a ministry help and...
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50 Things You Should Be Reading this Week…

Last year, my friend Matt Steen and I embarked on an interesting journey. We’re both self-confessed information junkies, particularly when it comes to the church.  We love to find great resources to make ourselves better leaders… and we love sharing it with others. Not everyone is like us.  (“Thankfully”, say our wives.) So, if you’re a ‘non-junkie’ who doesn’t have the time or the patience to wade through tons of content to find the true ‘nuggets’, It’s ok. You know it’s important to keep up on what’s happening in the...
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Don’t Miss the 2014 Large Church Salary, Staffing and Budget Survey

This week Leadership Network launched our “2014 Large Church Salary, Staffing and Budget Survey.” Our bold goal was to email someone in every large church (attendance 1,000 to 50,000+) across North American. The responses from this survey will allow us to report valuable information such as: - What’s the salary range for an executive pastor in a church of 7,000? - How do budgets compare for churches with attendances of 8,000-9,000? - What’s the staff-to-attender ratio in churches over 10,000? - What percent of budget goes to staffing costs in megachurches, and how does that change with size? -...
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What the Church can learn from CVS and Flappy Bird

Two stories from the past week have caught my eye. Honestly, you don’t see these kind of stories very often. Like CVS, the huge pharmacy chain, deciding that it will no longer sell tobacco products.  Tobacco is a 2 Billion dollar business for CVS, but they are walking away from the money, saying that the health of their customers is more important than profits. Then there’s Doug Nguyen, the Vietnamese developer of a viral mobile game called Flappy Bird.  Flappy Bird because a huge success overnight.  (My kids had me try it on my iPad, and I admit my high score was 1.)  Nguyen abruptly...
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“We love you to death, but you’re no longer a fit here…”

Marion Aldridge asks a great question: What happens when, after a time of magnificent ministry, it is obvious an individual and a church are no longer a fit? Here’s the problem as Marion states it: Most churches are small. Compared to the government’s various definitions of “small business,” which can be 50-500 employees, our congregations are tiny. It is a rare church that has a dozen employees. Most have one (the pastor) or two (the pastor and an administrative assistant). Some have full-time or part-time employees with very specialized skills — financial secretary, minister of music,...
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An Update From Todd…

I sent this out earlier today to all of my friends of the website: It’s been a while since I’ve sent out an email or given an update!  Things are been busy here in Ohio, digging out from the snow… but I hope this email finds you well! I’ve appreciated getting to know many of you personally over the past years, and am excited to meet and work with many more of you this year! Every December, I recalibrate for the coming year (as many of you do as well). Sometimes I over-evaluate the previous 12 months… what went well, what went badly, and ways that I can improve… all...
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Leadership Clout. Why it’s important, and how to get some.

I’m so excited.  Today is the day my friend Jenni Catron’s first book hits the shelves.  It’s called “Clout:  Discover and Unleash your God-given Influence.” Jenni is an absolutely GREAT leader… and I think this book will encourage you in your search for leadership in the church and in life in general. Here’s a little preview: It is easy to believe that power, influence, and leadership are gifts given to a special few. But the Bible says otherwise. We all long for significance, even as we fear we will never be good enough. We listen for God, but hear only...
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