Category: Church & Ministry Tips

I share key insights, ideas and principles for church and ministry growth.

how to have your best christmas ever by Pastor Bruce Edwards 0

How to have your best Christmas ever – 10 tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year —- or is it? Is Christmas a time of great joy for you? Or is it a time of great stress? Maybe you’re like “Scrooge” with a “Bah humbug” attitude? Or maybe it’s just a difficult time for you. How to have your best Christmas ever – in 10 tips Christmas time should be filled with wonderful memories, sights, sounds, and smells. Christmas should be a time of great joy! However, for some the busyness, the stress, or maybe difficult memories or circumstance can make Christmas time anything but joyful. In this...

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How to make right decisions by Pastor Bruce Edwards 0

How to make right decisions – 4 steps for better decisions

Knowing how to make right decisions is important for every person.  How to Make Right Decisions Where you are in life today is a product of the decisions you’ve made.  Where you will be tomorrow will be determined by the decisions you make today.  Not only do your decision impact your life they impact those around you.  As a parent your decisions impact your children and family.  As a leader your decisions impact those you lead. The better decisions you make the better the outcomes.  The question we need to answer is, how to make right decisions?  The following are...

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7 Keys factors for church growth by Pastor Bruce Edwards 0

Church Growth – 7 Key factors to facilitate growth

Church growth? God wants the church to grow- numerically (Acts 2:47) and spiritually. (Ephesians 4:16) He wants your church to grow. Why? Because growing the church is about reaching and discipling people and God is all about people. However, there are barriers to growing a church and there are critical ingredients needed to grow a church. If we can remove the barriers and diligently add the right ingredients- our churches will grow. There’s not one extraordinary factor or some unique formula that promises church growth, but there are several characteristics that are common in and among churches that experience consistent...

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Pastoral Leadership – 8 Traits of Great Leaders

The single most influential factor to growing a church is great pastoral leadership. The difference between a growing church and a stagnant church is – great leadership versus average leadership. Great leaders build great churches that are vibrant and healthy while average leaders build average churches that often become sluggish and stagnant. That being said every pastor, regardless of how effective they are as a leader is extremely important. However, you can be a great pastor, but a poor leader. Pastoral care and pastoral leadership are not synonymous. You can be a great preacher, yet not a great leader. You...

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7 Church Growth Myths by Pastor Bruce Edwards 0

7 Church Growth Myths – but you think they work

There are 7 Church growth myths that more than likely you’ve invested a lot of time and effort in, but they probably aren’t really adding any people to your church.  This is not meant to be critical of any of them or to try and do away with any of them.  My goal here is to make you think, evaluate, and assess what it is that will help grow your church.  So, here we go. 7 church growth myths; things that don’t necessarily produce dynamic church growth, but you think they do Great Facilities – the churches that have experienced...

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Self Leadership

Self leadership is an often overlooked key to effective leadership. Before you can lead others effectively, you must be able to lead yourself. As Church leaders (and leaders in every arena) we must be masters of our own lives. Bill Hybels, the Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church calls it “The Art of Self Leadership”  Proverbs 25:28 tells us, “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city—struck down without walls.” A leader who is not able to rule over their own life is truly like “a city that is broken down and without walls.” They become...

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Do You See the Multitudes?

I have a question for you, “Do you really see the people around you?” What I mean is, do those that cross your path every day just blend into the surrounding or do you take note of them? Do you at least acknowledge them with a hello or some other greeting? Those that you see on a daily basis do you know what is going on in their lives? Do you have a concern for them? Do you reach out to encourage or help in some way? Matthew 14:14 says this about Jesus, “And when (He) Jesus went out He...

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Little Things Matter

I’ve often heard people say “Don’t sweat the small stuff” or “Life’s too short to worry about the little things”. However, Jesus said, “it’s those who are faithful over little that he will make ruler over much” (Matthew 25:23). LITTLE THINGS MATTER! I don’t believe we should worry about the little things or become overly concerned about the small stuff, but I do believe we need to pay attention to the little things. It is the little foxes that spoil the vine. (Song of Solomon 2:15) The significance of little things is seen many times through out God’s Word: the...

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5 Attributes of Great Servant Leaders

Great leaders are servants. Jesus the greatest leader ever, was the epitome of servant leadership. “He came not to be served, but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28) If you’re aspiring to be a great leader don’t expect to be served instead make your goal to serve. Becoming a great “SERVANT LEADER” simply means there are more people you get to serve. The more people you serve the greater your leadership. Great servant leaders are people of character and with an obvious call of God upon their life. They have several common characteristics including these 5 fundamental attributes- They lead, they don’t...

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5 Things Jesus Would Do

A few years ago there was a very popular bracelet that had the letters “WWJD”, they stood for – “What would Jesus do”. It was a tool to remind us as Christians whenever we faced situations and decisions in are daily walk to ask ourselves that question and try to respond in the way Jesus would. I want to take that slogan and come at it from a little different perspective and ask the question this way, “What would Jesus do- if He were here right now?” Obviously there would be many things Jesus would be doing if He were...

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