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NextSteps is designed for any church leader who embraces the missional lifestyle, and aligns the ideas and tools around building healthy church systems that allows the church to actualize its values and achieve its mission.  The NextSteps Series interprets the research from the Natural Church Development Paradigm by Christian Schwarz in a...

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A New Paradigm for Leadership in Our Churches

By Tim Beavis

“It’s great that you are talking about developing leaders, and we definitely need to do it in our church, but where do I find them?”  I get asked that question every time I teach about building leaders.  It’s a good question but to answer it requires that we take a step back and consider our theology.  Do you believe that God has already given to your church every resource that you need to do what he is...

The Imitation Game

By Dick Loizeaux

When it comes to leadership development I confess there were times when I became so concerned with methodology, technique and curriculum, the latest seminar or latest book, that I neglected the most important part of leadership development. Not instruction  
but imitation.

We learned it as children: “Monkey see, monkey do.”
We learned it from our parents: “You...

5 Ways to Overcome the Summer Giving Slump

"God never estimates what we give from impulse. We are given credit for what we determine in our hearts to give; for the giving that is governed by a fixed determination." -Oswald Chambers

Helping our people experience the timeless truth of moving from impulse and haphazard giving to systematically and joyfully giving is a continuous process.  

We see this in Paul's writings, 

"Each one must give as he has decided...

From a Hot Dog Stand to a Car Dealership to a Church

By Allison Hurtado

The town of New Buffalo, Michigan, grows from 2000 people year-round to 11,000 during the summer months. For the past 27 years pastor Jeff Dryden has led Sawyer Highlands Church, in another small town just 10 miles away. He saw an opportunity to start an outdoor service in New Buffalo during the summer to reach vacationers from nearby Chicago and Indianapolis. The unique dynamics of the town and...

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