Building the Perfect Resume

Putting together a resume can be an overwhelming task. This is especially true in the sense that many people in ministry are now creating their very first resume. We see this phenomenon  because hiring church staff is not what it was even just 10 years ago when denominational ties were stronger and people also relied on their network of ministry connections for employment. 

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Lighten Up Francis

A few weeks ago, a video made the rounds on social media that featured Francis Chan speaking to a group of employees at Facebook. I watched it and after a few quotes, my heart sank. Francis said "I'm going wait a second. According to the Bible, every single one of these people has a supernatural gift that's meant to be used for the body.

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5 Indicators that Your Church is Over-Programmed

Several years ago I(Jeremy) was speaking at a church of around 250 meeting in a sanctuary that held around 500. The church had plateaued in previous years and was searching for their identity. Before the service I was walking in the lobby area and there was an old school bulletin board with what seemed like 200 programs on the wall.

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Jeremy Johnson
I'm afraid for your church!

We recently partnered with 2 districts within the Church of The Nazarene to provide coaching and support to over 100 churches. We've already done evaluations at several and many more on the schedule. Every 4 years their denomination gathers to discuss the state of their denomination and where they are headed as a group.

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Why You Need a Fresh Set of Eyes

I recently did a Church Assessment for a church that has been plateauing for a while. One of the first things I noticed when I walked in the foyer of the church was a clear eyesore. It was a bookshelf with out of date magazines and random books. It was apparent that no one had touched this area in quite a while.

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Jeremy Johnson
What Are You Celebrating?

Every Sunday night and Monday I always enjoy looking at the social media feeds of my pastor friends as they celebrate all that God did that day in their church. I love to celebrate with them to see headlines like "105 people baptized this weekend" or "48 people accepted Christ" or even "16,500 people for Easter." Some of you may say, well it's not all about the numbers.

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3 Last Minute Easter Tips

It's almost time for the big day. For pastors and churches arguably the biggest day of the year is Easter. It's the Super Bowl for churches all across the world. Most teams have spent months preparing for this day alone. Pastors have wrestled with their sermon and thought of ways to put a different spin on the most important story in history. 

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Jeremy Johnson
3 Easter Outreach Ideas - The Good & The Bad

When it comes to outreach ideas, there are plenty to choose from. We've always believed it's important that any outreach effort should help your church stand out from the crowd. Every church in your city will be doing some kind of outreach so it will take some creativity to stand out.

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Cobb Community Church Tune-Up

When it comes to outreach ideas, there are plenty to choose from. We've always believed it's important that any outreach effort should help your church stand out from the crowd. Every church in your city will be doing some kind of outreach so it will take some creativity to stand out.

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chris hughes
Are You Stuck?

You might think this title has a hidden meaning, but it’s very literal. If you are leader or pastor, you have felt the pressure of leading an organization or church and you have been stuck. You might even be stuck right now. Maybe you are unaware that you are stuck and frankly that could be the most vulnerable and dangerous place to be. You have a hit a wall and you haven’t noticed because you are so overwhelmed with the day to day of keeping the organization afloat.

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Jeremy Johnson
Ready to Plant a Church?

Thinking about Planting a Church? 5 Reasons You Need a Church Planting Coach

"We are appreciative of what the Ministry Mechanics have brought to our church. They’ve helped us with logistical issues, practical issues and helped us to think about things that we haven’t thought about before, which comes along with the experience of guys who been there and done it.

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Jeremy Johnson
You Can't Lead on Empty

A while back, I woke up to the surprising news that Pete Wilson, the pastor of Crosspoint in Nashville, resigned after 14 years of leadership. I watched him address the church that he loves and as I watched I couldn’t help to see the anguish in his eyes. It’s hard to leave a church that you love, trust me I know. As I was broken and tired several years ago, I stepped away from my church that I started and loved dearly.

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Act like an entrepreneur.

Since we launched The Ministry Mechanics, our team has been creating, building, dreaming, scheming and living the lives of people who are trying to create something from nothing! These ideas about how to strengthen churches and equip leaders have been in our heads or manifesting themselves in random ways over the years. 

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Fearless Leadership

13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[a] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. Philippians 1:13-14

Have you ever wondered, what sets apart the mega-church from the small church?

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Jeremy Johnson
We Believe in the Church

“Maybe if you have money, health and a busy schedule, you don’t feel the need to fellowship with other Christians. But when the storms of life hit—and they will—suddenly you’ll find nobody’s there. If you remain shallow in your relationship to your local church, you will lose out on the support of other Christians when you need it most.”—Luis Palau

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