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7 trends for churches in 2020

These are likely to change the landscape of churches in the next few years.
  Thom Rainer

5 tips for a personal planning retreat

As a busy pastor, I carve out regular extended times away—by myself and away from the office.
  Charles Stone

Why plan your next 10 years

Is it a myth that the new year is a good time to start fresh… and start planning?
  Matt Perman

Book review: When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People

Author Gary Thomas delivers a powerful punch in rethinking how to handle toxic relationships.

If I only knew then

It is frustrating to discover something now that I really needed to know when I was 30.
  Rob Streetman

A reluctant but effective leader

See how God used this leader in the midst of a daunting challenge.
  Bob Russell

3 questions that will diffuse criticism

Instead, this will move a relationship forward toward a solution.
  Bob Whitesel

4 requirements for effectively reaching people

Are you trying to reach everyone? Instead, aim at a smaller defined persona group.
  Mark MacDonald

Your most valuable leadership tool

This is a tool you probably don’t think about, but should.
  Joseph Lalonde

When a pastor is a growth barrier

A church that breaks barriers needs a leader that breaks barriers.
  Ed Stetzer

When change efforts meet irrational resistance

This reality is incredibly important for pastors and leaders to keep in mind.
  Mike Bonem

The year for perfect vision

Here are three lessons to glean from both Mary and Joseph as it pertains to building your vision for 2020.
  Mark Deterding

Get ready for the new

Sometimes, in order to move forward, you have to let go of the old.
  Jim Brangenberg

Take time to reflect

Here are 10 questions to use as a guide to understand what’s working and what’s not in life and leadership.
  Caroline Mendez

3 ways we ignore the Holy Spirit in worship

Sometimes in our planning and leading we miss what is most important.
  Langdon Montgomery

Leadership development begins here

Consider your personal legacy.
  Ben Marshall

Are you working alone?

How do you approach your task list? With or without God?
  Rob Streetman

The importance of delight, commit and trust in leadership

Whether in marriages, relationships, companies or churches, these instructions bear remembering.
  Brian Catanella

When nobodies become somebody

Christmastime is when those who may have seemed insignificant became a part of a larger story.
  Bob Russell

A Christmas carol with a rich legacy

Charles Wesley had an important leadership principle in mind when he penned this Christmas classic.
  Bob Whitesel

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O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Psalm 63:1 (ESV)
Joseph Lalonde

Joseph Lalonde is an award-winning leadership blogger and hosted the Answers From Leadership podcast. He desires …

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Tom Harper is publisher of and CEO of Networld Media Group, the site's parent …