Here are my notes from Andy Stanley's the Grace of God, one of the books on my 2012 Reading List. The first half of this book could be called "Grace in the Old Testament" and would make a great sermon series. In fact, much of the material in the book comes from sermons Andy has preached. Here are so ...
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Here's a great sermon illustration that you could use in your preaching.  After you read, would you leave a comment and share your feedback.  Is this helpful for you?  Do you think you would use it?  Would you save it for later?Title: How a failed video game led to the most successful game f ...
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Early Thursday morning, I joked on Twitter that I wanted to organize a conference called Dinosaur Room to discuss unimportant issues in the church that nobody cares about anymore.  Of course, this was a funny follow up to the Elephant Room, where very important issues were discussed.A few other peo ...
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Here's how things become complicated.You launch a simple product with a simple interface, and one person requests an additional feature. They simply can't use the widget unless it has the ability to sync with a particular device. So you add it, and one person is happy.Two weeks later, you get altern ...
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Most churches send out some sort of weekly or monthly email. And most of those emails aren't opened or read. But did you know that there's one simple thing you can do to ensure that your email is opened and read by more people?  Write something good in your subject line.Here are five tips, adapted ...
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Leading a team and managing a staff are two entirely different things. If you want to attract high level leaders to your organization, you're going to set aside the management tactics and adopt a healthy leadership strategy. Top employees don't want to be managed, but they crave good leadership.I ...
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I'm a few weeks into my 2012 reading list, and just finished Tina Fey's Bossypants. I started this as an audio book (while running my first half-marathon and finished with the print edition a few days ago. I didn't know much about Tina Fey, other than she was hilarious as Sarah Palin, but I thorough ...
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Recently I attended a monthly gathering of church planters in Atlanta, many of who are a part of the PCA. The meeting included a time of training on time management. As a self-professed organized person, this was right up my alley. Not only was the training super-helpful, it was refreshingly theolog ...
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I believe the local church is the hope of the world, and in 2012, I would love to help your church. Here are the top three ways I can do that.1. I can visit your church on a Sunday and do a "Secret Shopper" evaluation. Here's a sample report recently delivered to a client. And here's where you can g ...
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In 2004, Sydney Finkelstein of Dartmouth College published an article entitled “Why Smart Executives Fail.” Eric Jackson from Forbes revisited the seven habits of spectacularly unsuccessful executives in a recent article. Here are those bad habits, followed by some personal observations.1. T ...
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One of the best ways to welcome guests to your church is by offering them a gift.  It really does convey value - even if they don't stop to pick it up. This could be anything from a Bible, to a message CD, to a t-shirt. Here's what we gave guests at Oak Leaf Church.Here's what we gave first time g ...
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Everyone has an opinion of baptism that's shaped almost entirely by their church tradition. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus told his followers to go into all the world and baptize people.The word "baptize" is a transliteration of a Greek word. Transliteration isn't the same as translation - it's taking t ...
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As soon as I learned about an Egg Drop, I knew we wanted to do it.  So I spent half a day driving from Atlanta to Greenville and back to watch one in action.  It was a year in advance, but it gave me a great frame of reference for planning our own event.We still got a lot of things wrong, but we i ...
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Easter is about 90 days away, and since it's Superbowl Sunday for many churches, now is a great time to think and pray about what you're going to preach on Easter.In my years as a church planter and a pastor, I've seen it all.  I've seen churches plan to kickoff a crazy felt-needs series and I've s ...
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With Easter Sunday less than 90 days away, here's a short list of ideas you can consider right now.Instead of your typical handout, create an "at-a-glance" bulletin for your people. Instead of telling them what's happening in the next few weeks, tell them about the important things that happen in yo ...
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