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Ten questions that will help your creative team have a more effective meeting and end result.

Creative Team Meeting Framework for Sermon Branding

Creative team meetings don’t have to be a headache. I want to help your church by providing a creative team meeting framework with ten questions that will help you discover, develop, and distribute an effective sermon series. It’s been almost two years since I originally created the sermon branding resource,…

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A North Coast Church Case Study by Tithely

How to Save $82,000 a Year for Your Church

$82,000 is a lot of money, for any size of church.  A few months ago my friends at Tithely came to me asking about our experience with moving North Coast Church over to Tithely. To give you a little back-story, when we first started discussing the possibility of moving giving…

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Three keys to close the feedback and improve your messages that matter.

How to Close the Feedback Loop and Improve Your Message

“Great job pastor. Your message really hit the spot for me.”  Sixty-nine percent of pastors spend between ten and eighteen hours studying for their message on a weekly basis. Thirty-four percent of new guests return to a church as a direct result of a message they heard. In his post…

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Get off your butt and make magic in the Summer while your competition sleeps.

There Is No Summer Slump; You Just Suck.

No need to think of it as a slam, even though it totally is. Spring is here and churches are (rightly) gearing up for Easter. They call it the Super Bowl for churches; go time numero uno. They pour capital into events like they’re going out of style, creating egg…

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Clear copy creates conversions. Crappy copy causes confusion.

Why Copywriting Matters for Churches and How to Get Better

Clear copy creates conversions. Crappy copy causes confusion. Is that clear enough? The problem with so many church websites is that so many of them take this as their opportunity to cram every little bit of information down their audience’s throat, just to see if something sticks. Sure, the image…

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Life comes at you fast. Do work with clients you love and who love you back.

Sometimes You Just Need to Break

Right now (Tuesday AM) my step-mom is on the operating table. She’s having surgery on her carotid artery that is 70% blocked. She had a stroke on New Year’s Day and I have to tell you, it all just sucks right now. I don’t know how she will pull through,…

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It's time to talk about parenting and partnerships in the local church.

Why I’m “Meh” on Student Ministry Right Now

Student Ministry is no longer the Ronco Rottiserie: You can’t just set it and forget it; It takes work.  I was in student ministry for sixteen years. I have been an intern, a resident, an associate student pastor and the lead student pastor, with experience leading both small rural and…

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The only people who don't like to talk money are those that don't give. 

How I’m Creating and Maintaining Margin with My Finances

The only people who don’t like to talk money are those that don’t give.  We talk about money a lot in our home. We do this because we want our kids to succeed in life when they are out from under our care and on their own. We also do…

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It's OK to cut people out of your life if they're toxic.

How I’m Creating and Maintaining Margin in My Relationships

“You know, you can trim the fat, right?” “Bro; I’m a vegan.” And that right there defines the issue: How can I continue in a relationship when there just isn’t a fit? There are times and places where we need to be friends for a moment, perhaps even longer, but…

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