Brian Dodridge

What’s Wrong with Small Churches


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Perhaps nothing. God uses small churches to do His work. Most of my readers are currently attending or have attended a small church. Some of those churches are effective, and some aren’t. Although there can be a correlation between ineffectiveness and small attendance, many times size is circumstantial. Therefore, a church’s effectiveness isn’t (and shouldn’t be) defined by their attendance.

Many small churches are comfortable in their own skin. But problems can occur when a small church or its leadership begins to believe the grass is greener...more

Dealing with church members who don’t like you

 ©luismolinero / Dollar Photo Club As a leader in the church, there will be times people don’t like you. Hopefully it’s that they don’t like decisions you made, rather than just not liking you – but I’ve experienced both. Have you? If so, you might have dealt with some of these questions: What should my response be? How should a church leader react? Is it my responsibility to remedy...more

A Better Question In a Performance Review

©Gajus/ Dollar Photo Club Do you want to know how your team really feels about their job? Your church? Or perhaps even how they feel about you as a supervisor? Knowing how your team “really” feels is critical to for your supervision, their development, and the success of your team (church). If you want to know the right answers, you have to ask the right questions. Even in a...more

Encourage Teams (without it being forced)

Do those you lead have to scream, “Hey! Look at me!”? Do they have to vie for your attention? Are you taking time to watch your staff? Your church’s volunteers? Are you visiting their spaces of influence to watch their work, teaching, and leadership? ©Sunny studio/ Dollar Photo Club For me, Summer time means trips to the neighborhood pool with my four kids. While I’m there, I hear this...more

The Important Bookends of a Meeting

 ©Jeff Timmons/ Dollar Photo Club So after reading my last post you implemented all the components to a great meeting (right?). Your meeting engaged people’s interest by compelling and mission-minded work, you spent time developing them, everyone had input, and you even spent time in laughter. So now you’re wondering, “Is that enough for a great meeting?” The answer, “Not quite.” While the components of the meeting I wrote...more
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