How to Get the Most Growth Out of Your ‘Big Days’

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Rick Angel Stadium

Last week, I wrote about the 9 reasons why your church should make the most of ‘big days’ for growth. And I told you that ‘big days’ have been very instrumental in Saddleback’s growth over the last 34 years. We’ve learned the art of pyramiding growth through special days. But how? How do we maximize those […]


9 Reasons You Should Make the Most of ‘Big Days’ for Growth

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Pyramiding

Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message of Jesus’ resurrection to all of the extra guests who come. One of the secrets to Saddleback’s growth over the years […]


5 Requirements for Being Used by God

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Clay Pots

If you’re a Pastor or church leader of any kind, you most likely found yourself in that place because you want God to use you. And chances are, you want God’s help releasing and freeing other people to be used by God as well for both ministry and mission. The question is, what kind of […]


Churches That Change to Be Healthier Experience 5 Renewals (Part 2)

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Sunrise

I wrote last week about the first two of these five renewals through which God takes us as we become healthier. And here are the other three. Missional Renewal The third renewal is missional renewal or “purpose renewal.” This stage of renewal has to do with “purpose.” In missional renewal our church realizes that we […]


Churches That Change to Be Healthier Experience 5 Renewals (Part 1)

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Renewal

If you are being led to change the way your church serves God’s purposes, it is helpful to understand the process of renewal. Many leaders want to start by changing the structure of their church. However, this can be destructive for you, your leadership and your church.  People don’t like to change unless their hearts […]


How to Handle Growing Pains In Your Church

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Change

There is no growth without change. And there is no change without loss. And there is no loss without pain. A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth […]


How to Preach for Commitment with Stronger Conclusions

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Fishing Net

Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons, but poor at closing them. We preach Christ and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching presses for a verdict. This is an area I spend a lot of time on when I’m preparing a message because […]


3 Phases of a Paul and Timothy Relationship

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Baton

Every leader needs mentors and models – typically other leaders just ahead of where we are in our growth and our journey. And every leader also needs to be mentoring and modeling those just behind us. This is the only way for discipleship to take on the multi-generational nature described by Paul in 2 Timothy […]


Every Leader Needs a God-sized Ambition

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Road Ahead

Many leaders never achieve the level of influence they could potentially have because they drift through life on autopilot, maintaining the status quo, without a big ambition. They have no master plan, no big purpose, no dreams pulling them along. But if you’re going to be a great leader, you need to dream great dreams. […]


6 Biblical Ways to Handle Disunity

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Argument

The Bible says that pastors are accountable to God to manage and direct the church (see 1 Peter 5, 1 Timothy 3:5, 1 Timothy 5:17). Good shepherds are good protectors against wolves, and wolves are everywhere. The Bible also says that members of the flock are accountable to submit to the leadership of the church […]


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