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Leadership: Building Ministry Leaders for the Long Game at CCV

Today, Christ’s Church of the Valley (Peoria, AZ) is known as one of the largest, most dynamic multi-site churches in the U.S. But during its initial expansion about a decade ago, the staff discovered a startling fact: ministry talent was in short ...

Guest Post: Yes, You CAN Cast Vision Effectively

3 Roadblocks That Leaders Can Overcome By Dale Sellers* I knew the day was coming—I’d been sensing it for some time. Our church had been cruising along for years, experiencing steady growth and a vibrant community anchored around a strong vision. ...

Pastor-Wife Team Use DBD for Marriage Retreat Breakthroughs with 28 Couples

Al and Lori Elmore have been married for more than three decades and describe themselves as “happily incompatible.” Their enthusiasm for healthy relationships is evident in the marriage classes and retreats they’ve led over the years, which too ...

Guest Post: A Healthy Team Plans Together

One Multisite Church’s Story of Simplifying Communications Guest Post by Judy Stallwitz* Our staff loves each other. We’re a healthy team that balances humility and willfulness. But just like maintaining a healthy diet or a healthy marriage, ...

Quick Insight: Too Busy? Just Pause and Take a Look

Insights are short, biblical truths to equip you to lead from your strengths. As Mrs. Lightner waited in the busy checkout line, her eyes rested on a young family. They were her neighbors! She noticed young Mikayla pulling hard on her mother’s jack ...

How to Find Your Fit: 3 Clues to Your Calling

Guest Post By Gabe Kolstad One key skill separates effective leaders from ineffective ones: the ability to find their fit. According to the American Institute of Stress, “job-fit” is a leading factor in workplace satisfaction and performa ...

Family: Martha Gets a Bad Rap

Guest Post by Pam Taylor One reason we experience stress in our family and in relationships is our differences. God created each of us with different personality types and different spiritual gifts. We subconsciously expect people – even family mem ...

Guest Post: The Truth About Culture and Strategy

Why Ministries Need to Rethink a Common Mantra  By Dale Sellers There is a popular phrase often attributed to iconic management consultant Peter Drucker (1909-2005) that says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” After careful research, I disc ...

Position Insights: Know What You’re Looking for Before You Start Looking

“A wrong hire was my responsibility and cost our ministry momentum as well as valuable dollars,” says senior leader Matt. “But part of the problem was that we didn’t define the strengths needed for the position before we started recruiting ca ...

Guest Post: 5 Important Tips for Effective Church Staffing

Guest post by Lacey Hauptman Hiring the right people is crucial to your church’s  success. They will be able to achieve the right goals and create a bigger impact, which will enable the church to run smoothly and efficiently while continuing to pr ...
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