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To move forward with God, we must welcome change. The Lord declares, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness

The adage is that a pastor wears three hats: leader, teacher, shepherd. Those three areas often overlap in ministry, and there are seasons in a church that a pastor puts on one hat more than the others. But there is little doubt that the role of the teacher is huge

If you’re human, you are going to make mistakes. I love Denis Waitley’s perspective: “Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.” John Maxwell says there are two kinds of people in regards to setbacks: splatters, who hit the bottom, fall

Every church leader (or Christian for that matter) faces a common paradox. We’re expected to trust God for our personal and ministry needs. Yet, we need the help of others. Leading is not a solo effort. So, ho do we strike the balance between trusting God and trusting others? Recently I

How To Deal With A Crisis Leaders face crisis. Parents face crisis. Nations face crisis. Dealing with crisis correctly can mean the difference in a marriage divorcing or a war starting. HERE ARE FOUR THINGS I HAVE LEARNED TO ALWAYS DO WHEN A CRISIS, A TRAUMA, OR A

Churches who want to become healthier often need outside eyes and a fresh perspective. Today, we discuss how consultants (interventionists) can help. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Interventions need to come earlier rather than later because it’s often too late if you wait. Church consultants aren’t just for dying churches. The number one

Your limiting beliefs are definitely holding you back from your fullest potential as a leader and an influencer. One of the more important recordings I’ve ever listened to was Earl Nightingale’s talk on The Strangest Secret. He pointed out the fact that 95% to 99% of people never achieve real freedom

Sometimes we look for professionals to help us learn things. I was once on a flight that was diverted from John Wayne Airport to LAX, which prompted a wave of sighs from passengers as well as a conversation between me and the guy seated next to me on the plane named

Christian entrepreneurs are going to change the world. In Christian church history, there have been periods of time when the church has really created a strict dividing line between clergy and laity; that is, between professional priests, pastors, and ministers versus all of the “ordinary” members who are not called to

Take a moment with me to think back on the baby showers you’ve been to. It seems like inevitably, when seasoned moms get together, the floodgates open. After a while, the mom-to-be is sitting there thinking she officially made the worst decision of her life—one she can’t take back. Okay,

In 2011, smartphones were almost a novelty. Just 35% of American adults had one. That number has more than doubled in the past six years, and more than 9 in 10 adults under 30 have a smartphone (via Pew Research). When someone is considering a new phone, the question is

by Kevin Peck Every one of us is a part of a family. If your family is anything like mine it is a great family, but far from perfect. My family is much like so many others. We love each other, care about each other and contribute to one another, and

Don’t judge me too quickly on the content of this article. Unfortunately, I’ve seen it again and again. Church leaders and members sacrifice the health and good of the church for fear of hurting one or a few persons. The body is sacrificed for the sake of a few members. We think

Most believers want to grow spiritually. But often we stumble in our efforts to grow. Is there a key or a silver bullet that catalyzes our spiritual formation? Willow Creek’s Reveal survey of several thousand churches revealed not a silver bullet, but the number one catalyst that believers said contributed

by Kelly Balarie With all the details of my skinny, extra hot, double pump vanilla latte on my mind, I nearly missed him. My feet carried me faster than a cartoon roadrunner—and let’s be honest, there’s no time for anything when you have the anxiety of time chasing your heels. Must.

At any given time, there are close to 100 different churches that are considering working with The Unstuck Group. As our name implies, the churches that contact us have a sense that they are “stuck” in some way. I can sense in some of these early conversations, though, that some

Your church is likely entering a busy season. School has started. Members are in a routine again after the summer. Fall festivals details are being finalized. And Christmas season plans are being made. The abundance of events and outreach opportunities churches have planned for this time of year make for great

An emergency reserve is a cash reserve in the form of an interest-bearing savings or money market account that is always available and easy to get to in case of emergency. No matter who you are, you need one. It’s your first step in building your financial security. An emergency

Deep within the heart of every man is a God-given desire for relationship. This is the way we were created. Many times we attempt to develop relationships out of our natural reason and understanding. However, the frailty of those relationships brings great disappointment. The Bible teaches us the principle of covenant

Churches can learn a lot from businesses. It’s true. I hope I didn’t lose you with that statement. For many years, I have worked with my team at The Unstuck Group to help churches get unstuck. But, I periodically have had the chance to serve businesses as well. And there’s one

“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the Lord says, “They will eat and have some left over (2 Kings 4:43).” Sometimes, the best food is something you had left over from

With leadership comes a great responsibility to uphold a standard of integrity regardless of the cost. All too often we see leaders compromise their lifelong forged ethics just to gain the ever fleeting reward of “momentarily getting ahead.” This lack of ethical leadership has greatly shaped the continuing devaluing of

As Christians, we often subconsciously think we aren’t supposed to have too much. We’re afraid of being associated with bad theology, or we’ve seen people abuse the idea of being blessed, so we push back from the whole concept. But does such thinking align with what the Word of God

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At any given time, there are close to 100 different churches that are considering working with The Unstuck Group. As our name implies, the churches that contact us have a sense that they are “stuck” in some way. I can sense in some of these early conversations, though, that some

God May Be Talking to the Leader in the Office Next Door I have experience working with pastors who believe they are the only people who can hear the voice of God when it comes to shaping the vision and ministry strategy of a church. Here are some observations I have about

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