The Five Minute Rule to W*I*N in Welcoming Guests

Isn’t it the best when people visit your church? The chance to introduce more people to Jesus. The opportunity to make new connections and have the blessing of more people’s unique gifts and talents. But what if the people visiting your church feel so alone and awkward that they decide not to return? No one wants to turn people away from church, but so often we do it without realizing. This can be helped by the Five Minute Rule!

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How to Focus on the Mission Instead of Fiddling with the Machinery

So often in ministry it’s easy to start tweaking little things here and there when something isn’t working quite right. Adjust some levels on the sound system, fix the lights, move the chairs around, change the music, get a new kids ministry curriculum, start a new program, discontinue a program. The list goes on and on. However, all of those changes only address the symptoms, not that actual issue. If you want something to change, focus on your mission.

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The Power of Empowering Leaders to Fit & Flourish: Ministry Affirmation Process (MAP) Testimonies

The Fit & Flourish model of assessment, the Ministry Affirmation Process (or MAP for short) has changed countless lives because it helps people understand their personalities better, see that God created them a certain way on purpose, and allows for a sense of freedom. God has used this process to spark something new or affirm things people have suspected about themselves for years but were afraid to explore.

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Leadership Assessment… Fit and Flourish Process vs. Pass/Fail Test

Assessment is a scary word sometimes because for many of us that sounds like being put in the hot seat where everyone judges you on skill or merit. It invokes feelings of being on trial. In today’s blog post we talk about all the different kinds of assessments and how they can make us feel. We also lay out for you what its like to experience a Fit & Flourish assessment.

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The Power of a Year Verse: When God Gives You a Promise for the Year Ahead

Resolutions…some people live for them and others run from them. Setting intentions for the new year is important, even though the idea of setting a goal you may not reach is daunting to some. But what if, instead, you started your year with a promise from God through scripture?

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Advent on The Blog: The Christmas Lamb

Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year! We all celebrate it without question…but why? Christmas is the celebration of God Himself coming to Earth to live among us, to show us what life could look like, and ultimately to sacrifice Himself to repair the relationship between humans and Himself. We rejoice because Christmas brought hope, joy, love, and peace to a people starving to hear from their Creator after 400 years of silence. Christmas, in fact, not only broke that silence, but broke the barrier between us and God. That is why we celebrate!

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Advent on The Blog: The Wise Men

Even though Jesus was born into this world in the most humble manner imaginable, His birth rocked the whole region! Jesus birth grabbed the attention of kings and scholars. The Universe itself couldn’t keep the secret any longer and spilled the beans in the form of a star that drew in the Wise Men from the East. This is their story.

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Advent on the Blog: Joseph

Imagine being an average, working class guy who is engaged to be married and finding out your fiancé is pregnant, but knowing you had nothing to do with it. That shock and hurt is exactly what Joseph felt when Mary told him she was pregnant. Thankfully, God intervened by sending an angel to explain the whole thing to him. He then had a choice: stay with Mary and help her raise the Messiah, or divorce her quietly and move on with his life. Take a look at the Christmas story through Joseph’s eyes.

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Advent on the Blog: Zechariah

We love the advent season! The opportunity to slow down and remember that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to us; to live among us, give us an example of what life could look like, and ultimately sacrifice His life to reunite us with God. We are dedicating the blog to the advent story. So settle in with blanket and something warm to drink while we take a look at the story of Zechariah and Elisabeth.

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Look Ahead…Prepare to Finish Well

At some point we all have to consider how we want to be remembered. But what if you decided early the kind of legacy you want to have and you lived your life to ensure it. In today’s blog, we invite you to ask yourself some questions to lead you to live out the type of legacy you want to leave.

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Look Out…Get God’s Heart for the World

The world is so much bigger than our own sphere of people or experience. God’s love reaches to every corner of it. Christ’s sacrifice is for every person. This comes as an encouragement and challenge. His love and grace is available to all. We don’t get to choose who deserves it, we are called to share it will everyone!

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Look At…Clarify Your Why, How, Who

When you tell someone what you’re going to do often their response is “why”. Starting your thought process by exploring why you’re doing that thing, what your motivation is for it, will help you be more successful and more sustainable. It acts as a sort of compass and helps you answer the questions “how”, “what”, and “who”. Today’s blog encourages you to take a good look at why you’re doing what you do.

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Look In…Know Yourself from the Inside Out

Knowing who you are and how God sees you is crucial to personal and professional success. It helps you achieve health in your relationships, decisions, and lifestyles. Today’s blog, the next installment in our book launch series for the Group Study Edition of our book Fit & Flourish: Discover How God Created You to Make a Difference, invites you to take a good look inside yourself by considering four questions that will help you understand how God sees you and who He created you to be.

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