What I’m reading – Best Books of 2023 So Far

We’re more than halfway through the year (which has sure been another one for the record books) and a happy thought occurred to me — we’ve seen a lot of great books already released in 2023! And I’ve read quite a few of them (Over 150+ at this moment + a lot of reviews and summaries. Yep, I’m a book … Read More

Sandra OlivieriBooks, Leadership, Ministry

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Let’s make the next year, your best year (an invitation)

Let me introduce you to two true but seemingly contradictory statements: • Church now, on the other side of Covid, is far more like Pre-Covid church than you expect. • Church now, on the other side of Covid, is far more different from Pre-Covid than you expect. That’s something of a head-scratcher, right? It’s a complicated and critical time for … Read More

Sandra OlivieriChurch Growth, Church Systems, Coaching, Leadership, Ministry

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Donald McGavran on the Key to Church Expansion

“Church growth follows where the lost are not merely found but restored to normal life in the fold — though it may be a life they have never consciously known. Faithfulness in ‘folding and feeding’ – which unfortunately has come to be called by such a dry, superficial term as ‘follow-up’ – is essential to lasting church expansion.” – Donald … Read More

Sandra OlivieriChurch Growth, Leadership

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My secrets to reading more – online this Thursday

Full confession: I wasn’t always the voracious reader that I am today, averaging 5-7 books a week. I certainly didn’t grow up with a love for reading. In fact, I never even completed a book from start to finish prior to age 17! I do like to say that “God gave me a passion to read” and while that’s true, … Read More

Sandra OlivieriBooks, Church Growth, Church Systems, Leadership

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Pastor of Groups & Teaching Pastor Position Now Available @ The Journey Church NYC

The Journey is currently looking for an “A” player to fill the role of Pastor of Groups & Teaching Pastor at our NYC campus in Manhattan. We are looking for an experienced, go-getter who is ready to live in NYC, serve in a growing, young church and make a tremendous impact for Jesus. This is a great position . . … Read More

Sandra OlivieriLeadership, Ministry, Preaching, Small Groups

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Q&A: Welcoming and following up with first-time guests

Today we’re revisiting one of the foundational church systems, Assimilation, and answering a few of the most common questions. Improving this system is the fastest way for your church to grow — especially coming out of a pandemic — so any time you invest here will reap great rewards later. Q: WHERE DO YOU START WHEN THERE IS NOTHING IN … Read More

Sandra OlivieriAssimilation, Church Growth, Church Systems, Church Systems - General

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We are Hiring – Use Your Design Skills to Serve God

Church Leader Insights is looking to hire a graphic designer to further God’s mission in equipping pastors and church leaders. The position is available as a “work from anywhere, project by project basis” or a more traditional in-office part-time basis in Boca Raton, FL with the potential to go full-time. Working knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is needed. … Read More

Sandra OlivieriLeadership

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Maximize Your Church by Maximizing Your Systems

We all use systems to help us accomplish our objectives every day. Think about the system you have for getting dressed in the morning. You don’t put on your deodorant until you get out of the shower. You drink your coffee before you brush your teeth. Right? There’s a system to the way you prepare yourself for the day that … Read More

Sandra OlivieriAssimilation, Church Growth, Church Systems, Church Systems - General, Coaching, Evangelism, Health, Leadership, Ministry, Stewardship, Strategy, Worship Planning

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Practical help for solo pastors – online this Thursday

Spots are filling up for a special online event THIS Thursday, April 20…I’ll be interviewing Dr. Gary McIntosh about his new book The Solo Pastor: Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges of Leading a Church Alone. Gary is a professor, church consultant and former solo pastor who knows that leading a church alone is challenging and demanding. He wrote this book to … Read More

Sandra OlivieriBooks, Leadership, Strategy

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Assimilation = Life Transformation

Did you have any first-time guests at your church this past Easter weekend? How many guests have you had in the last month? Over the last year? Each of those guests was a gift to you from God. Did your response show your appreciation? Did you have a plan in place to integrate them into the life of your church? … Read More

Sandra OlivieriAssimilation, Books, Church Systems, Ministry

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