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Santa ClausSaint Nicholas is a great story to share this Christmas! Nicholas was born in Southern Turkey in 280 AD and was a difference maker. Study the historical writings on this man, but I some it all up in this short video. Play it for your kids, or even your staff, just take the info and preach it. The enemy always has a counterfeit, and that’s where Santa Claus came from.

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10 ThingsGod is Sovereign, but He has chosen a path to use humanity in tandem with His omniscience. God redeemed mankind so that He could demonstrate His glory through them. Our God desires to use willing, repentant vessels, but is seeking to and fro for those who are available for His cause. God can’t teach you His promises through sovereign learning. Instead we must obediently read and grow in knowledge. Last week I began to think of a few things God can’t do…

God can’t get tired.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.”
—Isaiah 40:28

God can’t take on a job He can’t handle.
“Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.”
—Jeremiah 32:17

God can’t be unholy.
“And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!’”
—Isaiah 6:3

God can’t be prejudiced.
“In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears…

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Reproducing CellsAs a pastor/leader God has given me the humbling opportunity to spiritually influence His sheep. Last week I was challenged with the thought, “What do I desire to reproduce in the church I am called to serve?” Then, I was hit with the fact that you reproduce who and what you are.

I have made a list of what I hope to reproduce in Brand New Church and what I believe is being birthed.

#1 Red Hot Marriages
I want our church to understand that marriage is potentially the greatest evangelistic tool on earth. A healthy marriage reflects a vibrate relationship with the Groom Jesus Christ. The world does not know what to do with a husband praising, loving and honoring his wife. A community can’t understand a wife submitting and supporting her husband.

#2 Passionate Leaders
Church members that not only love their church, but believe in its power. They are planted to produce a harvest of souls and changed lives where their life was changed.

#3 A Heart for the Needy
Members who understand the heart of God for widows, orphans and the hurting. Not social justice, but serving wholeheartedly their community and…

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InspectionYou will only have expectation where you have inspection. Take your weight for example; until I bought a scale I just thought I was about 220. Once I weighed myself I had a new level of daily inspection. Expectation is created with a goal that can be measured and inspected. You cannot manage what you do not measure. Areas in Brand New Church that have improved with inspection are:

#1 Weekly worship through song (team has a video of themselves each week)
#2 Financials (Blackbaud reporting system is revolutionary)
#3 Print (all pieces of print are scrutinized)
#4 Windows
#5 Ladies Restrooms (better lotions, scents, soap)
#6 Communication with Campus Pastors
#7 Weekend explanation

Every area we INSPECT with greater detail EXPECTATIONS in that area increase. Here are just a few ways to encourage inspection in your life and ministry:

I – Initiate respectful accountability
N – Never confuse Inspection with Expectation
S – Select what you Expect
P – Performance must be Measured
E – Excellence must be Demanded
C – Celebrate the Victories
T – Take Time to Follow Up

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LostLeading through the gauntlet of local church ministry, I often forget some of the most motivating and important leadership truths. Change, staff issues, finances, and broken lives will leave you burying forward-thinking influence. These principles must be brought back to mind intentionally and distributed liberally to the leaders serving with you.

A “shared” vision is the fuel that inspires a great team. The vision cannot be shared too much or too often. You also inspire with a great marriage, giving leadership, high-five encouragement. and written thank-yous.

In the details of organizational change, find out what is happening on the ground floor of ministry. What would make purchases, recruiting, and check-in more effective?

Remind your leaders and volunteers that “something eternal is taking place” with every cup of coffee, opened door, smile, and clean bathroom stall. Recall their impact each and every time they serve to build God’s Church.

Leaders that get close to the vision will carry that vision. Include leaders in big vision decisions as often as you can.

Every staff member, leader, and volunteer wants to make a difference. They want life-changing opportunity, not busy work.

God is reminding…

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Game ChangerWe do not desire to have an average service or worship experience at Brand New Church, but there are times when we just get in “norm” mode. This February BNC emphasized four weekend game changers, and they have proven to add value. Give it a try in your setting and see what happens.

#1 Energy
We have added intentional lobby and restroom audio to go with the series. “The House of Love” series we created a “love” playlist that was a showstopper. We also added an extra line of greeters and more audio in our parking lots. Energy vacuums create an uncomfortable moment for guests – so let’s keep the energy up in every area of our facility.

#2 Expectation
We challenged our staff and key volunteers to bring ideas that they would implement for the weekend. It is amazing the accountability and readiness this brings. Create new expectations for your attendees as well…new check in, more kiosk info, series T-Shirt or sticker designs, new offering envelopes, etc.

#3 Excitement
One element of excitement is in the ladies restroom. Our staff ladies and volunteers have been applying lotions to hands. It is the talk…

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Nothing is more important to growth and church success than the right leader. In our environment we have paid staff, part-time paid staff, and full-time covenant staff. God is teaching me through good hires and incorrect hires. Here are three things I am doing right now and using for God-given discernment…

#1 Watch their spouse during interview.
The way a spouse looks at his or her mate is a great indicator. Their eyes, attentiveness, and how they speak of them. If they are interruptive, slightly disengaged, or negative, I am running.

#2 Their Facebook page.
Right after the first phone call, I am running to their Status updates.

#3 Honor
Their communication about previous or current employers is always a tell tell sign. Honor is what I am looking for as they speak about past job experiences.

#4 Questions
If they are question askers, they are scoring big. There are Lenders and Leaders…”Lenders are always saying “Lend me your ear so I can talk about me”, Leaders are always asking questions.

Just a few thoughts…let me know what you have discerned about hiring team members?

Source: Breaking All the Rurals

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#11 Marketing Mayhem – 

T’s, Stickers, Mugs, Wrist Bracelets, Facebook, etc…Marketing works!
You have the best product on earth, now go tell others about Him.
Silence is agreement with the world’s view, so speak out!

#12 Decide

Don’t sit on the fence…Do something!

#13 Details

Are the Deal Maker. If you are not a detail guy, get around one.

#14 No Collaboration

Equals no Integration. Dream with a Team.

#15 Work Around

Means more Work Abounds…if you are working around someone, release them.

#16 Curiosity

What’s new, changing, innovative…THEN COURAGE TO IMPLEMENT. “What if we…”

#17 Innovation…

More than successful ideas, but DISRUPTIVE VALUE!

#18 Prowess

Skill and Bravery…be skilled in your area of leadership. Read, write, and network.

#19 Tweak

Facebook adds a feature or update that adds Value every time and often. Tweak to a new Peak!

#20 Ideas

The powerful change agent to reach the LAST LOST LEAST. Nothing more powerful than an idea.

Source: Breaking All the Rurals

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ShipwreckInstead getting all passengers to port safely, the captain charted a course to horn blow for a retired captain and drifted to close to danger. We have all been in a season of drifting…engines in neutral, directionless, and drifting away from our goals. I took time to write down 20 ways to prevent drift in my life and ministry.

Here are the first 10…Part 2 tomorrow:

Leadership Lessons that Prevent Mission Drift

#1 Over Communicate

You cannot say it enough.

#2 Listen with Empathy (Hear the Vision ring out)

Complaints are often ones understanding of the vision, don’t fear them.

#3 Tell the Story

Share your story at every opener, meeting, offering, and in every message!

#4 Refuse to let others to Define you

So easy to have a conference, build a building, or start a multi site ministry because of someone else.

#5 Use Authentic Experiences

No one wants to hear the same story, share fresh, this month stories.

#6 Inspire

Inspiration is the lighthouse of hope for many.

#7 Don’t promote a Product you don’t Use! (Prayer, Daily Reading, Tithe…)

Enough said!

#8 Value and Stick to it!

Recognize that value in the scripture is what you and I must place value on.

#9 Open don’t just…

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Power in Preaching

By Shannon O'Dell

Power ButtonPower in preaching results in changed lives. Preaching without God’s power, numbs lives. We know that it comes, first and foremost, from personal devotion and prayer. I also know we can approach the “pulpit” with powerless presentations. Exceptional blessing, favor, and power in our teaching is given when we do these things:

#1 Praying over your wife.
Ephesians 5:25 “wash her with the word.” If you lead in your house, you bring power in God’s House.

#2 Preparing in advance.
The more time you have to meditate, the greater you will create. This also allows you to pray over the content longer.

#3 Atmosphere.
Pray over the room and set the environment to enhance your teaching.

#4 Anointing.
Beg God for greater anointing…ask for it, cry for it, shout out your request to receive it.
1 John 2:27 “the anointing that you received from him abides in you.”

#5 Let God’s Word be primary.
I know you understand this, but it is easy to feel more comfortable with your style than with God’s Word.

#6 Good Rest and Diet.
Your emotions and physical being can affect your delivery.

#7 Proclaiming Jesus is not enough.
Many times we proclaim He is the answer, but…

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Soul WinningSpurgeon said it best: “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

James 5:20 “Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins”

I am asked 3 Questions almost every time I share:

  • How do you continue a passion for growth?
  • How do you replace members that left?
  • What can I do to overcome an unwilling faction?


I did not say, “Have a come forward invitation every Sunday, teach an EE class or start Monday visitation” (I am not opposed to any these).

Here are a few verses I remember in the framework of every message…

Proverbs 11:30 “…He who wins souls is wise.”


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Holy BibleGod used His pulpit in miraculous ways this year, but I sensed an extra sense of His presence in three series. I will name these series, and if you want a copy of the notes, artwork, or video tease for any, just reply in the comment section with your email.

#3 The Scarecrow
Why do run from things that are not real in our lives. Fear, Depression, Faith, Lies and more.

#2 The Tabernacle
This series should have been 10 weeks, but 3 weeks of it changed our church. The Lampstand, Shewbread, and Holy of Holies. I breakdown the almond blossom of the Lampstand and share the meaning of the word almond…get the notes!

#1 The Table
This practical message on the power of The Table in your home and in God’s Word was revelatory.

Let me know your favorite message series at your church and let’s get ready for…

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