Let’s Turn Empty Department Stores into Churches

During the last recession, I wrote a blog post suggesting that pastors needing a building should look at bankrupt car dealerships. During that time, car dealers were going under across the country, and many were leaving modern buildings, excellent parking, and large interior spaces that would make great sanctuaries. Since that time, a number of pastors took me up on the idea and today in many cities you can find

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Leaders: One Big Decision You Need to Get Right

When it comes to pastors, as well as ministry and nonprofit leaders, there are hundreds of choices on your radar. In fact, leadership in many ways is about making the right decisions at the right time: short range, long range, strategy, vision – the list goes on. However, there’s one decision that is far more important than most ministry leaders realize:

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Why Seniors Are More Tech Savvy Than You Think

One of the most common arguments against introducing contemporary design and new technology into churches, ministries and nonprofits is what I call “The Senior Myth.” That’s the idea that seniors aren’t tech savvy, don’t like contemporary music or design, and generally aren’t interested in current culture. And since they are the biggest donors and supporters of many of these organizations, we don’t want to rock the boat by

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Five Church Outreach Ideas for Cinco de Mayo

It's Time to Get Serious About Reaching the Spanish Speaking Community

The annual Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebration could be a great opportunity to draw the attention of the Hispanic community to the Gospel. So I asked my friend Ivan Leon, Founder & Chief Strategist of the Kerux Group who develops trend analysis, cultural insights, and best practices for reaching the Hispanic audience to share some ideas for how churches can reach this growing community:

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Flash Marketing – How New Restaurants (and Churches) Get Noticed

I was speaking at a pastor’s conference recently and a pastor from Miami had a great question: “How do certain trendy restaurants open up and become what seems to be an instant success? Almost immediately, celebrities are standing in line to get in the door. How do they do that?” He wondered if the same techniques could be applied to a local church plant. In other words, how could we accelerate awareness for a new church or location? So I asked some experts in marketing to check their response. Their answers were wide ranging and interesting. Here’s what they had to say, and then I’ll give you a few thoughts at the end:

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Leaders: What You Should Know About Your Team

Whenever I consult with a church, ministry, or nonprofit, I always begin by looking closely at the team. The employees are the ones that make an organization work, so learning as much as we can about them is critical – and I’m often surprised at how little pastors and other leaders actually know about the personal side of their team. If you’re not taking the time to know your people well, you’re shortchanging your vision. Having studied teams over the years, here’s a starting list of issues leaders need to know about their teams:

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