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Set a personal example

In Church Leadership by Russ Olmon

One of the most effective tools you have as a leader is your own example. Your leaders watch you much closer than you might think. If you don’t practice the values and behavior necessary for your church to be a model, neither will your leaders. This is foundational to integrity. Unfortunately, many church leaders feel they don’t need to live …

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The Foundation of Leadership

In Church Leadership, Ministry Coaching by Russ Olmon

There is one foundational component of leadership that must be in place before you can ever hope to influence or inspire another person. If you don’t have it, there is no reason to waste your time or energy trying to develop leadership skills. Leadership skills cannot be developed without it. What is that component? Integrity. There is a part of leadership that …

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What makes an effective leader?

In Church Leadership, Church Strategy by Russ Olmon

Simply defined, leadership is the ability to influence or inspire others to take action toward a goal. When talking specifically about leadership in a church setting, that definition can be restated slightly to say leadership is the ability to influence and inspire others to accomplish the vision of your church. Do you have a vision? By definition, then, to be …

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Are you a leader of leaders?

In Church Leadership, Ministry Coaching by Russ Olmon

Everything in your church succeeds or fails based on your ability to lead. There have been churches with everything going for them except good leadership that have failed miserably. There have been other churches with almost nothing going for them except good leadership that have weathered difficult times and gone on to thrive and prevail. Nothing can make a church fail …

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Your church’s most valuable asset

In Church Leadership, Church Strategy by Russ Olmon

What is your church’s most valuable asset? Is it your unique style of ministry? Is it the cash you have in the bank? Is it your building or your physical resources such as computers, copiers, multi-media equipment, and materials? Is it your terrific location? Your most valuable asset is none of the above — it’s your people. Have you ever …

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Every pastor’s favorite task: Asking for money

In Church Finance, Church Leadership by Russ Olmon

I wanted to share some outstanding info/testimony about increasing giving in your church. I’ve known Brandon Cox since before he planted many years ago. Here’s Brandon’s input on the subject of raising money in your church… What’s the one subject almost no church leader enjoys talking about? Yep, money. Talking about money feels icky. Asking for money makes us feel like …

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Meet Matt Hall, Church Planter

In Church Planting by Russ Olmon

He didn’t grow up in church. His mom was bipolar, twice divorced, and took her own life when Matt was nine, so he went to live with his biological dad. His dad sent Matt to a Christian counselor who ended up being a child molester. By the age of twelve Matt had been kicked out of school for bringing weapons, …

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Rey Sandoval: Church Plant Success Story

In Church Planting by Russ Olmon

Out of 7.6 billion people in the world, not one — no friends, no parents, no classmates — ever predicted that Rey Sandoval would start a church (except God, and He’s in a class of His own). BEFORE Rey had good parents. But about the time he hit middle school, he made some bad decisions. Bad became worse. Life became …

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How to hear God’s voice in your church’s strategic planning

In Ministry Coaching by Russ Olmon

It is important to recognize that in the final analysis, strategic planning in the church is a spiritual discipline of listening to God’s voice and intentional obedience to God’s direction for your church. In John 10:27 Jesus says that His sheep listen to His voice and follow Him. A few chapters later, Jesus likens our relationship to Him as that …

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The #1 reason churches resist change

In Church Strategy, Ministry Coaching by Russ Olmon

Resistance Is Inevitable Most pastors forget a critical principle of leading change: Church ministries don’t change; people do. We tend to think of our change initiatives in broad terms like, “We are redesigning the small group ministry.” However, many of your leaders think of it differently. They may be wondering, “Do I keep ministering to my group or not?” To …