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Creative Use of Church Space

As my exposure to congregations has increased, I’ve discovered greater creativity than I anticipated. Let me share a story about The HUB's creative approach to “doing” church.

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When We Cannot Stay Here

Whatever precipitates the conclusion “we cannot stay here” the next question always is, “so where do we go from here?” Churches asking that question have several next-step options.

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Are You Giving Friendly?

Giving is the life-blood of every church. Yet in today’s world of PayPal, ApplePay and Venmo have we kept pace with how our people like to give? Here are some suggestions for creating a more giving friendly church.

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Learning to Lead

Is leadership an innate ability bequeathed to a chosen few? Or, is the art of leadership something that a person can grow into and hone over time?

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The Church Renewal Twins

Christian doctrine is based on several theological twins e.g., truth & grace, fully God & fully human, sovereignty & free-will. Similarly, church renewal is elliptical. Renewal only happens when churches invest in the following twins.

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Investing in Your Local Public School

Connecting with a public school links the church to the beating heart of the community. Here are a few ways churches can serve their local public schools. 

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The Basis for Christian Hospitality

It's sometimes difficult for me to write about hospitality. In as much as it's something most churches speak about regularly, I feel as if it has become the latest buzz word, but without a depth of understanding and practice.

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Becoming a Low Bar/High Bar Congregation

Congregations that are growing primarily by connecting the disconnected tend to be low bar/high bar churches. They have a low cultural bar (it's easy to walk and assimilate) but a high discipleship bar. 

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Putting a Smile on Your Facilities

Someone once said that if you can teach your congregation to smile you’ll grow by 20%. Churches would also do well to teach their facilities to put on a smile. 

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The Incarnation and Ultimate Frisbee

The Ultimate Frisbee community, like any other group coming together over a shared affinity, has its own special values. As we integrate into these communities, we have an incredible opportunity to live out our faith.

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