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(Pictured: Jenni Catron, 2016 Alignment Conference Keynote Speaker)
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Why You Need Both a Leadership Path and a Leadership Pipeline

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Is there any question that Jesus started a movement?

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

If you’re dreaming about starting movements to achieve the Jesus Mission, you will need to plant sites and churches that can then plant more sites and churches. This is multiplication.
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The Number One Way to Make Communications a Priority at Your Church

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Is worship a significant priority in the life of your church? What about the children’s ministry? Or the student ministry? Adult discipleship or small groups? I’m sure you said yes to all (or most) of these.

What does it take to run each of these ministries well? It takes a centralized leader and team who are focused and dedicated to pray and think about their specific ministry area—its purpose, programming and more—with great intention. The leader and team drive their specific ministry area for the benefit of your congregation and community.
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5 Steps for Leading Healthy Change at Your Church

5 Steps for Leading Healthy Change at Your Church

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For anything to grow, it must change. With back-to-school season upon us, all we have to do is scroll through the sentimental posts on Facebook to see the tension of growth and change. With each new year, parents equally mourn and celebrate the change and growth of their “babies.”

Leading through change is one of the most important responsibilities you hold as a leader. Change is a natural part of growth, and as your churches grow—especially as you consider multisite or being a multiplying church—you will need to lead yourself, your team, and your congregation through change.

In leading through various seasons of change at your church, here are five steps I encourage you to consider whatever change you’re facing.
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Breakout Sessions Announced for Aspen Group’s 2016 Alignment Conference

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It’s official! The full agenda for Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference is now set.

As you’ll see, we’ve got a robust line-up of speakers—from multisite pastors and researchers to communicators and strategists—who will explore strategic models for church expansion from all angles.

Senior pastors, administrative leaders, executive pastors, church planters, and anyone who has a vision for reaching more people for Christ will glean invaluable insights from this one-day event.

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Barna Group to Reveal New Research at Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference

Barna Group to Reveal New Research at Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference

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More than a year ago, Aspen Group, as a founding member of the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), met with Barna Group to discuss a potential new research project. The conversation centered on where growth is occurring in the church and the role that church plants and multisites are playing in reaching new people for Christ and helping them grow in their faith.

Intrinsic in the rise of church plants and multisites is a need for more gathering places—church facilities—where faith communities can take root and make space for people to explore and grow in their faith. While there’s a lot of great information being published about multisites these days, as a church design/build/furnish company, we were curious about the implications of multiplication on facilities.

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Top 4 Communication Challenges for Multisites

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Recently, Aspen Group and Fishhook collaborated to host a roundtable gathering for a group of Indiana-based churches that have invested in the multisite ministry approach. The conversation focused on some of the challenges related to multisite communications, like naming, branding, online presence and staffing.

Over lunch, these leaders shared their stories—what they have learned so far and what they are tackling next. Their multisite ministry experience ranged anywhere from one to thirteen years. Although their approaches differed, they found common ground in their focus on kingdom work and how to do it well, how to be both open and organized, to be dreamers and doers, to steward their resources well and have a far-reaching impact.
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Is Your Church Ready to Expand?

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“The idea of multisite churches began as a bandaid solution for megachurches that found themselves out of room,” says Jim Tomberlin, founder of MultiSite Solutions.

Now nearly three decades old, the multisite church model has proven it’s not a passing fad. But it’s changed a lot in that time, and its next phase will look nothing like its first.

Today’s multisite church includes hybrid variations of the traditional one-church-in-multiple-locations model, often incorporating planting as part of a church’s multiplication strategy.

These new approaches call for new skill sets and structures to support rapid growth and change. But where do you go for answers to the hard questions that surface in the midst of church expansion? And how do you think strategically about multisite and multiplying churches when so many new models are emerging?

Aspen Group will tackle these and many other strategic and tactical questions about church multiplication at the 2016 Alignment Conference.
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To Build a Generosity Story, Start with Why

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Leaders move fast. Leaders get stuff done. Leaders solve problems and point the way. But leaders also often talk about solutions and moving in a new direction long before others even realize a problem exists.

They start with the “what” and not the “why.”

I personally experienced this phenomenon while repairing a section of my backyard fence. As any father would do in the hopes of effectively leading his family, I told my two oldest sons that they would be helping me with the project. In every aspect of the job—from demolition of the broken fence to setting posts to nailing new fence slats—I found myself explaining the “what” of our process several times. “We need to do this first so that….” “This hole needs to be a few inches bigger in order to….” As a result, very little of our work was inspiring.

I see the same thing play out in the local church.
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