5 FREE Training PDFs & MP3s for Church Leaders

Prevailing churches always look for ways to grow their leaders. Although training often takes the form of traveling to conferences or visiting other churches, we also need to take advantage of smaller moments to push our team to think differently and grow. This can be as simple as giving your team something to read over and then leading a conversation about how it relates to your church. Here are links to 5 FREE PDFs and MP3s that you could use to drive training with your team:

Leadership Personalities Needed for Your Church Team

I’ve had the privilege of seeing some high-performing teams up close. There is a common characteristic of a healthy tension in the variety of personalities that make up those groups. Here are 4 different personalities that seem to be common to those teams.

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Help Unchurched Guests Feel Welcome Without Selling Out

How can we create spaces where people feel welcome at our churches regardless of their spiritual background? What can we do to ensure that unchurched people know they are welcome every weekend? How can we do this in a way that doesn’t compromise the core of our experiences, if we’re concerned about that? This PDF includes 7 ways to help unchurched people feel welcome that don’t impact our teaching or music ministries.

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Dealing with Short Attention Spans

Rather than bemoaning shrinking attention spans, church leaders need to face this reality head on and structure our ministry for people who lose focus easily. For too long, the church has ignored these realities. We do so at great risk of losing our ability to connect with the broader culture. We have to adjust to the times. Here are a few ways that any church can deal with people’s diminished ability to focus.

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Pastoral Tips for Non-Pastoral Types

Even if we aren’t in a primarily “caring” role, we need to care for people. Here are 6 simple tips for folks (like me!) to whom all this “people stuff” doesn’t come naturally.

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Stages of Engagement with First-Time Guests

Use these stages as discussion starters with your team to think about each step that your guests go through. Identify areas that need improvement and build a plan to improve the experience!

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Tips for Using these PDFs & MP3s

  • Advance Warning // Email them to your team and ask them to read the PDF or listen to the MP3s ahead of time.
  • Prepare a Few Simple Questions // Most teams won’t require much to get the conversation started but it’s a good idea to think through a few questions ahead of time to get the ball rolling. Some suggestions:
    • What struck you from this resource? Why?
    • How does this resource challenge us to think differently about our church?
    • Is there anything from this resource we should put into place this coming weekend?
  • Rinse & Repeat // Keep at it. Get your team regularly working “on” your church and not just “in” it. When you get together, challenge them to think critically about the ministry.

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  1. Short Attention Spans – What about movies, comedy shows, and music festivals? People will be there for hours and not pick up their phone once, but put them in a chair on Sunday Morning and all they want are their phones?

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Rich Birch
Rich Birch is one of the early multi-site church pioneers in North America. He led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 5,000+ people in 18 locations. In addition, he served on the leadership team of Connexus Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner. He has also been a part of the lead team at Liquid Church - a 5 location multisite church serving the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. Liquid is known for it’s innovative approach to outreach and community impact. Rich is passionate about helping churches reach more people, more quickly through excellent execution.His latest book Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church is an Amazon bestseller and is design to help your church reach more people in your community.