With each stop on the Giving Rocket tour, we've been continuing a social experiment and project called Will You Give Me a Dollar.  Basically, we are asking people we meet to give us a $1 bill for no particular reason at all.  The results and conversations have been amazing.While this is a fun proj ...
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I recently finished reading Andy Stanley's The Grace of God. Not only did I receive some tremendous encouragement and teaching, I thought the book would make for a great sermon series called "Grace in the Old Testament." Most people don't think of grace and the Old Testament together. In fact, some ...
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Have you heard about Preach Better Sermons, a FREE online event with Andy Stanley, Dr. Charles Stanley, Louie Giglio, Perry Noble, Jud Wilhite, Vanable Moody and Jeff Foxworthy.  It's happening on March 15 from 1-4 EST.  All of these communicators will be sharing practical information on preparati ...
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In 2006, when I was doing the leg-work that would lead to the launch of a brand new church, I spent a lot of time creating strategies and systems. I wrote every word on our website. I drew up some pretty charts.  I created a darn good strategic plan.And all of those things, while foundational, did ...
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Here's a simple system for creating a system. (Ironic, isn't it?)1. Start with the end. Just like in communicating, start with the end. What do you want people to do, feel, or thing? What's the desired outcome? If you can't define a clear win, how will you know if the system works?2. Get s ...
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If you do it more than once, then you should create a system around it. Decide HOW you're going to do it, and each time you do it, it gets a little easier. Here are some examples of where systems can help:1. Sermon writing. Since you do it every week, what can you do on a daily, weekly, month ...
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Sign up for this FREE eCourse called Organize Your Church in 30 days and get 30 practical, action oriented lessons delivered to your Inbox over the next 90 days.  You’ll learn:How to create calendars that actually help you executeHow to create systems and strategies that help your staff lead effe ...
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Your core group will influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of people in your church for the next several years. People on the Core Team aren’t enough…you need the RIGHT people on the team. You may have a plan or a prospectus, but unless the people on your core team reflect the mission ...
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Do you want to put on a high-impact, highly-attended event that will attract hundreds or thousands of people and eventually connect them to your church?Think about doing an Egg Drop.  It's like an Easter Egg Hunt, only you drop plastic eggs from a helicopter.  And WAY more families attend. We got ...
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Today is part two in a series on systems in the church.  Today, I want to talk about why systems matter.  Here are three reasons.1. Many of the problems you face are systems problems, not people problems. You can blame a person, but a good person in a bad system will produce mediocre result ...
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A lot of people talk about the necessity of having good systems in the church, yet many churches don't have them. In the next few series of posts, I want to talk about what systems are, when you need them and how to create them.What is a system? Let me give you a few metaphors.Systems are like pipes ...
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Easter is about 50 days away, and if you act this week, you've still got time to plan and execute an Egg Drop, a cool outreach event that can help you invite a ton of people to church.  I've got a resource that will give you a step-by-step plan to make it happen.  Use the code EASTER and get 25% o ...
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After a few weeks addressing other topics, here's a list of stuff I clipped into evernote, favorited on Twitter or starred on Google Reader.  It's the 15th Stuff I Starred List:Loved this post about hovering parents.  You know...the kind of mom or dad who is always there, never lets their kid try ...
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If you only have one church service and you're out of space, don't build a building.  Add a second service.1. It's good stewardship. Don’t go spend money on expansion until you are having as many services as you can in your current facility. We do four services on Sunday morning, and thoug ...
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A Case for the CityWhy Christians Should Move to the City and Why We Must Start Churches ThereSome say the world’s first cities emerged in the Fertile Crescent, situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Ancient Mesopotamia.  Archeologists have found other evidence for urban areas ...
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