Sunday Friend – Greg Rohlinger

One of the highlights of my trip to Phoenix last week was hanging with Greg Rohlinger.  I’ve known Greg since 2002 and every time we are together he stretches me and encourages me.  He’s the real deal. I was also impressed that he sent 20 people to my Fusion seminar last Thursday but I was even more impressed that he … Read More

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Six Lessons from Jimmy Buffett (

If you’ve heard me speak live, you know that I’m a fan of two very different Buffetts – Warren Buffett and Jimmy Buffett. (They are actually more alike than you think.) So, this recent post from Kevin Eikenberry caught my attention . . I think you’ll find it helpful: “Tuesday night my family and I went to see Jimmy Buffett. … Read More

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Predictably Irrational – A Book Recommendation

Each month, in The Church Leader Insights Newsletter, I recommend two books that have been helpful to me personally or to our team at The Journey. One of this month’s recommendations is Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. Here’s what I wrote in the newsletter: “Our Executive Staff just completed reading this book. Last month, I took one idea from this … Read More

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Where There’s Slack There’s Lack – Part 5 of 8

SYSTEM #5: THE MINISTRY SYSTEM Welcome to Part 5 of the weekly, Wednesday series, “Where There’s Slack There’s Lack!” If you’ve been tracking with me each week, I hope the effort you’ve been putting in is creating a new level of excellence in your church. If you have you ever had a hard time mobilizing volunteers, then you are going … Read More

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Are Your Big Givers Members?

Just before our last membership class at The Journey, a question came to me: How many of our Top 100 givers are members? I felt like God had prompted this question, so I asked our financial team to give me a list of everyone who is a Top 100 giver but not yet a member. When I got the list, … Read More

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Monday Proflections August 11, 2008

Here’s what’s happening with Church Leader Insights and me this week that may be of interest to you: Monday – I’m in Phoenix this week.  Good news, the high temps are only going to be 105.  I was here the same week last year and the high temps were 110+! Tuesday – Watch your email for the August issue of … Read More

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Sunday in Phoenix

I arrived in Phoenix yesterday and today I have a rare Sunday off. I’ll be attending a private event starting later today and going throughout the week. On Thursday, I’ll be teaching my Fusion Seminar at Camelback Community Church. (It’s not too late to register if you are in the area. Just click here.) Here are a few of my … Read More

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BONUS: Answering Your Small Group Questions — Question 4 — Doesn’t the semester-based system keep people from forming meaningful relationships?

Thanks to the great response we received from this week’s small group posts, we decided to give you one more Q&A. Think of it as a Saturday bonus! Question #4: I like the idea of semester-based small groups that meet for 10-12 weeks and then end. But doesn’t that keep deep and meaningful relationships from forming? Doesn’t the group end … Read More

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Answering Your Small Group Questions — Question 3 — How can we double our number of groups by next semester?

This is Kerrick Thomas with our final small groups question of the week. I hope that what we’ve been discussing has impacted you in a way that will translate into more effective small groups for your church. If you missed any of this week’s blog entries make sure to scroll down and check them out! Question #3: We need twice … Read More

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