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Want to Choke the Life Out of Your Church? Try This.
Want to Choke the Life Out of Your Church? Try This.

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches used to do many things in the past, but that doesn't mean they need to continue doing them now. Maintaining worn-out traditions will choke the life out of your church.

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Why Your Church Needs a Purple Cow Ministry
Why Your Church Needs a Purple Cow Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Much of what churches do today often receives little notice because they've offered the same programs at the same times in the same ways as other churches. To help your church stand out, you need a purple cow.

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Your Church's Senior Adult Ministry Is About to Change
Your Church's Senior Adult Ministry Is About to Change

By: Dennis Bickers
In the next decade, churches will have to change their senior adult ministries to reflect the realities of the way that aging baby boomers look at themselves and their interests.

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5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry
5 Challenges for Churches Shifting to Bivocational Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Bivocational ministry is a calling from God just the same as the call to fully funded ministry. For churches making the transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational one, here are 5 challenges to keep in mind.

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Why You Can't Communicate Enough to Your Church
Why You Can't Communicate Enough to Your Church

By: Dennis Bickers
When churches face change, a leader can't make the mistake of a lack of communication. During change, communication is crucial. Most people in church will do the right thing when they have the right information.

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Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites
Why Your Sermon Must Differ From Fake News Sites

By: Dennis Bickers
With the viral popularity of fake news sites, people are inundated everyday with false, misleading and negative information. When they come to church, they need to hear a message filled with truth and hope.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage Test Article
7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage Test Article

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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How Your Pastor Can Stay Grounded in Ministry
How Your Pastor Can Stay Grounded in Ministry

By: Dennis Bickers
Many pastors must report on the number of visits they make and committee meetings they attend. But to stay grounded, pastors must focus on the invisibles: prayer, Scripture reading and spiritual direction.

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Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel
Using the Latest Tools to Communicate the Gospel

By: Dennis Bickers
If you want to reach young adults, you won't do it by mailing them your monthly newsletter. That may have worked years ago, but churches must change their communication strategies to reflect the times.

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Why This Election Brings Out the Worst in Christians
Why This Election Brings Out the Worst in Christians

By: Dennis Bickers
This election season features an increased lack of civility, and too many Christians are guilty of ugly and crass comments. We should treat each other with respect despite our political differences.

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7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage
7 Options to Survive the Coming Pastor Shortage

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastor shortages will get worse before they get better. We have fewer pastors than we have churches, and nothing on the horizon will change this. Here are 7 options to help your church survive the shortage.

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Facing Racism: Do We Really Know What Others Feel?
Facing Racism: Do We Really Know What Others Feel?

By: Dennis Bickers
The racial problems in America are not going away in the near future. It's time for churches and individuals to intentionally work toward understanding one another and developing relationships.

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7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches
7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Churches are in transition, similar to a trapeze artist who has let go of one swing and is suspended midair while the next swing approaches. Here are 7 changes the approaching future holds.

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Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership
Millennials Will Soon Step into Church Leadership

By: Dennis Bickers
Millennials will soon begin to step into leadership roles in every organization including churches. But they won't be content to manage like current leadership. They want to lead and make a difference.

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When Churches Don't Want to Work Together
When Churches Don't Want to Work Together

By: Dennis Bickers
Some churches consider churches from other denominations as competitors. Instead of trying to build up our individual churches, let's unite with others as colleagues on mission with God.

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Who Will Fund Your Church in 10 Years?
Who Will Fund Your Church in 10 Years?

By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches have no idea what their financial future looks like. Those who do pretend it won't happen to them. Here are five steps your church should take now to secure its future finances.

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How Much Should You Pay Your Bivocational Pastor?
How Much Should You Pay Your Bivocational Pastor?

By: Dennis Bickers
What is the proper compensation for a bivocational minister? Few ministers pursue bivocational ministry expecting wealth, but churches should be fair to them financially.

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The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches
The Leadership Crisis Faced by Smaller Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Finding qualified persons for smaller churches is often a struggle. Unfortunately, many pastors refuse to serve smaller churches. For many of these churches, the answer may be sitting in their pews.

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When Small Churches Join Forces, Good Things Happen
When Small Churches Join Forces, Good Things Happen

By: Dennis Bickers
Many smaller churches have limited resources and are focused on their own ministries. However, when smaller churches work together, all their limitations go away.

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7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church
7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church

By: Dennis Bickers
Leaders, including pastors, are responsible for growing other leaders. This is especially true in smaller churches because many of them struggle to find pastors.

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Decision Lessons for Pastors from President Bush
Decision Lessons for Pastors from President Bush

By: Dennis Bickers
Regardless of your feelings for President George W. Bush, his book, "Decision Points," highlights his thinking of some of the decisions in office. It's a good lesson for pastors who have to make tough decisions.

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Should Christian Leaders Endorse Candidates?
Should Christian Leaders Endorse Candidates?

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastors have an obligation to address moral and social issues that may be hot topics in the political arena, but endorsing a political party or a particular leader crosses the line.

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Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?
Is Your Church's Ministry Aligned with Your Vision?

By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches have no sense of a clear vision for ministry. And those that do typically have a vision that's so fuzzy or generic that it's unhelpful. Start the new year right with a clear vision.

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Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors
Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors

By: Dennis Bickers
If the need for bivocational ministers in our denominations will increase over the next several years, we must seek ways to identify and train those persons who have been called to such ministry.

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5 Rewards for Bivocational Pastors and Their Churches
5 Rewards for Bivocational Pastors and Their Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
The advantages of being bivocational outweigh the challenges that come with such ministry - for the minister as well as the congregation. Here are five rewards for each.

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No Easy Answer for Ministers Paying Off Debt
No Easy Answer for Ministers Paying Off Debt

By: Dennis Bickers
Many ministers start their ministry burdened by student debt while earning barely enough to make minimum payments on that debt. The difficult answer is to pay off that debt as soon as possible.

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6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul
6 Ways to Make Your Ministry Last for Long Haul

By: Dennis Bickers
Increasingly, many people leave the ministry before retirement. The average seminary grad exits within five years of graduating. These six practices will help you remain in ministry.

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5 Advantages of Smaller Churches
5 Advantages of Smaller Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
Smaller churches have been able to survive as well as faithfully provide ministry to their communities for decades because of their unique advantages. Here are five of them.

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When Your Small Church Has Too Much Money
When Your Small Church Has Too Much Money

By: Dennis Bickers
Nothing's wrong with a church having money in savings. When that church has large sums of money it never intends to use for any purpose other than ensuring its own existence, then there's a problem.

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The Secret to Pull Your Small Church Out of Mediocrity
The Secret to Pull Your Small Church Out of Mediocrity

By: Dennis Bickers
Smaller churches offer all kinds of excuses why some programs or ministries are not effective; the bottom line is they just do not have the resources to do more than a few things.

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How to Change Your Church When They Resist Change
How to Change Your Church When They Resist Change

By: Dennis Bickers
Most church members are very content with the status quo and resistant to change. If you want change in your church, you need to identify the ones that want change and groom them for leadership.

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Why the Future Looks Bright for Smaller Churches
Why the Future Looks Bright for Smaller Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
What does the future look like for smaller churches? While medium-size churches and mega-churches will face challenges, smaller churches have a brighter outlook. Here's why.

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Where Smaller Churches Can Find Their Next Pastor
Where Smaller Churches Can Find Their Next Pastor

By: Dennis Bickers
Some congregations spend too much time looking for persons with degrees and formal education. The next pastor or staff member of your small church may be already sitting in your pews.

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4 Dangers to Avoid When Churches Use Social Media
4 Dangers to Avoid When Churches Use Social Media

By: Dennis Bickers
Pastors and churches should use social media to connect with their congregation and the communities they serve. However, they need to recognize and avoid the dangers with using social media.

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The Danger When Your Church Keeps Secrets
The Danger When Your Church Keeps Secrets

By: Dennis Bickers
Church leaders sometimes keep secrets from congregations, often thinking they are protecting the church. When those secrets are exposed, trust is broken. Here's how to rebuild that trust.

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The Key to Successful Leadership in Small Churches
The Key to Successful Leadership in Small Churches

By: Dennis Bickers
To effectively lead a small church, you must first find out who are the influential members. In order to be effective, you must be willing to lead through the leaders.

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Brian Williams and 8 Lessons in Leadership Credibility
Brian Williams and 8 Lessons in Leadership Credibility
By: Dennis Bickers
NBC's Brian Williams' situation offers an important reminder: To be successful in leadership, you must earn the trust of those you serve. Without credibility, you can't earn that trust.
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6 Realities for Your Small Church's Pastor Search
6 Realities for Your Small Church's Pastor Search
By: Dennis Bickers
It's becoming increasingly difficult for smaller churches to find pastors. Here are six realities that your church will have to keep in mind when your search committee begins its work. Don't neglect Number 5.
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3 Ways to Engage Bivocational Pastors, Churches
3 Ways to Engage Bivocational Pastors, Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
Many bivocational pastors feel neglected by their denominations, even though these churches are an ever-growing part of every denomination. Here are three ways to better engage bivocational churches.
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Denominations Shouldn't Ignore Bivocational Churches
Denominations Shouldn't Ignore Bivocational Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
Denominations are going to have to make some major changes if they want to have a future. The ones paying attention to bivocational churches, which make up at least a third of their members, will succeed.
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How Many Smaller Churches Can Keep Their Doors Open
How Many Smaller Churches Can Keep Their Doors Open
By: Dennis Bickers
Many smaller churches face a troubling future. Unless these congregations are willing to make significant changes, their death is almost inevitable.
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How Small, Bivocational Churches Serve Their Communities
How Small, Bivocational Churches Serve Their Communities
By: Dennis Bickers
Some churches may be smaller in size and rely on bivocational leadership, but that doesn't mean they're not effective. Here are some smaller churches that intentionally serve their communities.
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Profiles in Goodwill: Dennis Bickers
Profiles in Goodwill: Dennis Bickers
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Dennis Bickers, an EthicsDaily.com columnist, is a resource minister with the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky. Find out if this public speaker is an introvert or extrovert.
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How to Make the Transition to Bivocational Ministry
How to Make the Transition to Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Transitioning from being a fully funded pastor to a bivocational one is never easy, but it will give you opportunities to meet new people and minister to them in ways that serving in a church will not.
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How Your Church Should Respond to Depression
How Your Church Should Respond to Depression
By: Dennis Bickers
You might be surprised to find how many people in your church are struggling with depression and are afraid to say anything for fear of being judged. Churches need to be part of the solution.
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More Churches Call Bivocational Ministers
More Churches Call Bivocational Ministers
By: Dennis Bickers
The number of fully funded ministry positions is declining. More churches are seeking bivocational leadership. It's time to make the adjustments needed to reflect this reality.
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Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
Asking Wrong Questions About Bivocational Ministry
By: Dennis Bickers
Many people have misconceptions about bivocational ministry, even seminary students. Here are some of the wrong questions that church members and leaders often ask.
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The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
The Most Critical Time in the Life of Small Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
When smaller churches search for a new pastor, they often want to fill the void as quickly as possible. They're better off without a pastor for a longer time than to call the wrong person.
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Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
Why Churches Need But Don't Want Revitalization
By: Dennis Bickers
Most churches are either declining or plateaued and need to be revitalized. However, church revitalization requires a willingness to change, and change does not come easy for many churches.
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How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership
How to Overcome the Challenges of Church Leadership
By: Dennis Bickers
Ministers are called to the greatest opportunity that exists, but that doesn't mean the work comes without challenges. Here's how you can transform those challenges into joyful opportunities.
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Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders
Why Many Churches Aren't Developing Effective Leaders
By: Dennis Bickers
Nothing good can happen in organizations without effective leaders. For churches to enjoy an effective ministry over years, future leaders must be filling its pipeline in various stages of development.
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Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To
Why Churches Can't Do Ministry the Way They Used To
By: Dennis Bickers
If they want to successfully impact a changing world for Jesus Christ, pastors and churches must continually reinvent themselves. Churches will either continue to reinvent themselves or they will die.
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Why Your Denomination Shouldn't Ignore Rural Churches
Why Your Denomination Shouldn't Ignore Rural Churches
By: Dennis Bickers
Many denominations are focusing on large urban areas to reach the largest number of people. While this strategy makes sense, they can't follow it at the expense of smaller, rural churches.
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Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision
Why Smaller Churches Must Focus on Unique Vision
By: Dennis Bickers
Many smaller churches feel they must compete with larger ones. Churches, however, are not called to duplicate the ministries of others, but to focus on the unique vision God has for them.
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The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
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Why Your Bivocational Church Must Share Responsibility
Why Your Bivocational Church Must Share Responsibility
By: Dennis Bickers
Too many bivocational pastors burn out because they try to do it all. Pastors must learn to take care of themselves by allowing the rest of the church to share in ministry tasks.
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Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
Why Your Church Should Consider an Older Pastor
By: Dennis Bickers
When searching for a new pastor, many churches automatically exclude older candidates. It's a huge mistake to believe that all older pastors cannot effectively lead a church in today's society.
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What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
What Does the Future Look Like for Smaller Churches?
By: Dennis Bickers
Whether you like it or not, changes are coming for your smaller church. The wise congregation will weigh the options and pick the model that makes the most sense for them.
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For Effective Change, Leaders Must Walk the Talk
For Effective Change, Leaders Must Walk the Talk
By:  Dennis Bickers
When a church goes through change, it's vital for pastors and lay leaders to model that change. Failure to do so means others in the church are not going to change either.
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Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
Why Many Pastors Will Need to Reinvent Themselves
More churches in all denominations are turning to bivocational pastors. While pastors could once assume that they could secure a fully funded ministry position, that's no longer a safe assumption.
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Why Your Church Should Deep-Six Those Sign-Up Sheets
Why Your Church Should Deep-Six Those Sign-Up Sheets
Finding volunteers by posting a sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board has seen its day. Let's stop depending on volunteers and become more intentional about developing leaders.
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When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
When Churches Transition to Bivocational Ministry
More churches are likely to transition from a full-time pastor to a bivocational minister. To succeed with this change, both the pastor and the congregation must change expectations.
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How Pastors Can Know When It's Time to Change Churches
How Pastors Can Know When It's Time to Change Churches
Leaving one church for a ministry opportunity in another is a difficult time for clergy and their families. Above all, it's not a time to get hasty and do something you'll regret.
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How Will You Solve Your Church's Problem? Get SMART
How Will You Solve Your Church's Problem? Get SMART
There is no question that church work is more difficult today than it was in previous years. And it's only going to become more difficult in the future. So what are you going to do about it?
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Coaches Help Wounded Pastors Return to Ministry
Coaches Help Wounded Pastors Return to Ministry
Many pastors have left the ministry because of emotional wounds they received from churches. Most have no one with whom they can share their pain. Coaching provides a safe place for them.
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What Does the Future Hold for Small Churches?
What Does the Future Hold for Small Churches?
While it's likely that many small churches will close their doors in the next few years, that won't spell the end for small churches. A new type of small church will spring up to replace them.
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How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching
How Bivocational Pastors Can Benefit from Coaching

Bivocational pastors can benefit from coaching sessions because they are a source of encouragement and helps them to step back and look at their overall ministry.

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Small Churches and the Fear of Losing People
Small Churches and the Fear of Losing People
Many churches have controllers, people who use their influence to get their way. In small churches, they can wield huge power. Your choice: confront them or bleed members.
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Older Congregations Still Have Much to Offer
Older Congregations Still Have Much to Offer
Having an older congregation does not have to limit a church's ministry unless they allow it to do so. Many, however, try to reach everyone except their core group – older adults.
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7 Reasons Smaller Churches Struggle and Close
7 Reasons Smaller Churches Struggle and Close
Many smaller U.S. churches are near the end of their ministries, with thousands of them expected to close every year. Here are seven reasons for the trend, and a hope on how it can be prevented.
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Breaking News: Pastor Accepts Call to Smaller Church
Breaking News: Pastor Accepts Call to Smaller Church
Pastors typically don't accept calls to smaller churches. Some pastors, however, feel God calling them to smaller churches. If it happens to you, it's an incredible ministry opportunity.
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5 Unhealthy Expectations Small Churches Have for Pastors
5 Unhealthy Expectations Small Churches Have for Pastors
Many smaller churches are increasingly becoming bivocational. Many of those churches have unrealistic expectations for their next pastor. Here are five of the most common.
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