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5 questions to frame your future

5 questions to frame your future

  The best congregations don’t create members. They create disciples who are passionate about creating more disciples. In Peter Drucker’s book, The Five Most Important Questions, the author helps leaders focus on doing what matters most.  These questions provide a foundation for assessing what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what you must

Ask questions like a journalist

Ask questions like a journalist

  How might your ministry change if you began interacting and interviewing people like Barbara Walters or Charlie Rose? How might you get more value from your meetings if they were framed through the lens of powerful questions? An essential skill leaders must master is being able to formulate questions that deliver useful answers and

What’s your congregational identity?

I’ve been working with several congregations lately with creating tools for describing their congregation to guests and members. My last posting, “Do you have an elevator speech?” provided a summary of how I choose to describe my home congregation to friends and neighbors. Hopefully, some of you may have created an elevator speech to help

What’s Your Problem?

What’s Your Problem?

Well-defined problems lead to breakthrough solutions. They lead to new approaches for addressing thorny issues.   They lead to addressing the right issues for the right reasons. When we rush to conclusions without exploring our beliefs and assumptions, without listing the stakeholder’s involved and without taking into consideration causal factors, we often end up solving

What type of congregation are you?

Here’s a question for your ministry team as you gather around the water cooler. Vibrant Faith Ministries finds that congregations often fall into one or more of the following four types of congregations identified below (based on how closely connected they are to biblical Christianity): 1. The least connected is the country club congregation, a social unity that

Answering the “Why bother?” Question

Answering the “Why bother?” Question

  A pastor called me last week to find out how I could help their congregation grow. I asked him two basic questions, “What kind of growth are you looking for?” and “What does your congregation offer people that would compel them to want to participate in its mission and ministries?” This led to a

Finding a new angle of vision

Finding a new angle of vision

Looking at ministry with a new angle of vision requires letting go of old assumptions that no longer serve us, and finding new ways to frame the topics of our conversations.  So how do we begin asking questions that get at the heart of the issue? How do we make God the subject of our