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10 Things Your Pastor Needs You To Be
Posted by Tim Stevens on 10/12/17 7:00 AM

What Every Church Leader Wants, But Not What Every Church Leader Gets

I have a pretty cool job.

Nearly every day I get to sit across the table from pastors and church leaders. I listen to their stories. I hear about their dreams. We talk about what is next for their families.

Many of them are contemplating leaving their church. They are thinking about moving to another ministry opportunity. There are many reasons I hear:

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 9/27/17 7:00 AM

What Will It Take To Double Our Attendance?

This is a question I’ve been asked several times—typically by Executive or Senior Pastors who want to know how they can prepare for significant growth. Sometimes it is in context of moving to permanent space—or opening a new building. “We really think it’s possible that we will double in the next couple of years—how can we prepare for the growth?”

During the first 15 years of my role as an Executive Pastor, we doubled (on average) every 3 years. So we were constantly thinking about how to prepare for the next surge of growth.

Here is some of what I told my staff during these seasons of growth:

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 8/24/17 7:00 AM

5 Things Every Senior Pastor & Executive Pastor Need From Each Other

Over the past couple of weeks, I have published a couple of articles about the relationship between the Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor on my blog, LeadingSmart.com. Here is a short overview of those articles with some bonus material just for our Vanderbloemen readers.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 1/18/17 7:43 AM

Why Church Leaders Need More Coaching, Not Conferences

Conferences are great. They can be inspiring and helpful. They get you out of your environment so you have fresh eyes to learn. I've hosted conferences and taken many groups to conferences - they definitely have a purpose. Workshops or seminars are also good. You have a bit longer to learn about a specific topic and even interact some with the other people who are learning. I've taught many workshops over the years.

But there is nothing like coaching.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 11/3/16 7:04 AM

How Church Leaders Should Handle Failure

Adapted from Fairness is Overrated.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I think a similar list could help define the stages a church leader goes through when his or her church or ministry experiences a failure.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 8/31/16 10:54 AM

3 Reasons You Should Be Paying Your Children’s Pastor More

Usually when you see an article with a title like this, it was written by a Children’s Pastor. Or you might see a similar type of article written by a worship leader who says that all worship leaders are under-paid.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 4/27/16 7:47 AM

8 Reasons Your Church Staff Needs A Senior Leadership Team

I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of church staffs in the past thirty years of ministry, and there are dozens of different types of church leadership structures. Some have deacons, others have elders, and some churches have both. Some churches, regardless of their structure, have a Senior or Lead Pastor who makes pretty much all the decisions. Other churches believe in a “plurality of leadership,” or will have a “first among equals” philosophy of leadership.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 4/13/16 6:59 AM

8 Signs It Might Be Time To Resign From Your Church Staff

When I joined the staff of Granger Community Church in 1994, leaving never crossed my mind. Oh, I suppose if I had thought about it very long, I knew I wouldn’t be there forever. But on that particular day, as far as I was concerned, I was in it for the long haul.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 9/3/15 6:49 AM

Church Leadership Insight: Count The YES Votes

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 3/5/15 11:12 AM

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