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Meet Matt Hall, Church Planter

In Church Plantingby 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 Plantingby 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 Coachingby 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 Coachingby 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 …

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Delegation is critical when growing your church

In Church Strategy, Ministry Coachingby Russ Olmon

Delegation is not about “dumping” tasks on others or about choosing the good projects for yourself and delegating the mundane or difficult. Delegation is about systematically assessing your work, identifying areas that can be done by others, and delegating in a systematic and process oriented manner. Delegation is more than a time management tool, it is also a motivational tool. …