One Too Many Casseroles

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Frequently when a family member or close loved one passes away, there is support coming from many directions. Flowers being sent with nice cards, text messages received, and phone calls had with other family members. I've often heard, "We don't need anymore food. We have one too many casseroles as it is now." After attending many funerals and delivering many meals, here is what I've found: ... Continue Reading

Developing Transformational Generosity

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There are some things in life that are inevitable, and I don’t mean death and taxes. Like, if you drop a piece of buttered bread, it always lands face-side down, or if you bring a guest to church it’s always the week the sermon is about giving. Okay, okay — so these aren’t true inevitabilities. But the fact that those statements could be made side by side goes to show that talking about giving in church often makes people uncomfortable. ... Continue Reading

Why Growth Might Not Be the Right Goal

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One common measure of a church’s success that almost every pastor points to is whether or not they are growing. It’s understandable. The Bible is really clear that we are to go and make disciples of all nations. So it stands to reason that if our church isn’t growing numerically, we must not be doing a great job in fulfilling the great commission. But too often, by focusing on numerical growth, we miss a key word in the call: disciples. By focusing on reaching the people who are not currently a ... Continue Reading

Share Old Posts with CoSchedule

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For years, I used the Tweet Old Post plugin for WordPress. It was a great way to re-use older posts and give them a chance to be seen again. It's easy to get lost in the stream of Twitter messages, so retweeting older blog posts is a great way to breathe more life into your blog. However, there are two things that I've found problematic with Tweet Old Post: ... Continue Reading

Church Management Systems: ChMS 101 [Podcast]

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Ever since Steve Caton was on the ChurchMag Podcast, we've wanted to have him on again to talk about the basics of Church Management Systems (ChMS). This interview/discussion goes over the basics of ChMS'. It's an introduction. A class '101' on what they are, what they are not, and how helpful they are for churches and church leadership. If you are not using a ChMS, this is a must listen. If you are already using one, Steve talks about some fundamentals of ChMS' that you may find ... Continue Reading

Leadership Lessons from Ms. MacNair’s Sunday School

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Do you remember Sunday School? Graham crackers and goldfish, flannel boards and puppet shows, Bible songs and Christmas plays — most of us who grew up in the church (or are raising our own children in it) have some nostalgic memories of childhood Sunday mornings. You probably remember some of the lessons, too. You were learning good Biblical principles and life lessons in those classes. What you might not have realized is that you were also learning vital leadership principles. Even the simplest ... Continue Reading

Premium WordPress Themes by 7Theme [GIVEAWAY]

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Looking for a new premium WordPress theme, but you've searched through all the usual suspects and would like something new and fresh? Maybe it's time you took a look at this new find—7Theme. 7Theme offers over 100 themes and many different basic WordPress services that may be of interest to you. There is one thing I know you'll be interested in, and it's the 3 7Theme premium WordPress themes we're giving away! ... Continue Reading

WordPress 4.0 “Benny” Released; Bloggers Rejoice!

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The newest iteration of WordPress, the world’s greatest blogging platform*, has been released! Codenamed “Benny” in honor of Benny Goodman, WordPress 4.0 is all about “seamless, content-first publishing” according to a short video created to introduce the new software, which you can watch at the bottom of this post. But what does that mean? Here are three (and a half?) of biggest changes that are being touted about “Benny” that would fall along these lines. ... Continue Reading