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5 Simple Ways to Increase Sabbath School Attendance

Most Sabbath School teachers share a common frustration: low attendance. They feel like their congregation would benefit from Sabbath School class, but fewer than half of those who attend the worship service show up for class. Here are five tips for attracting more people to class: 1. Let Teachers Teach Many church classrooms consist of a discussion facilitator lobbing questions ...

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Leadership Essentials: Communication and Clarity

One of the most practical qualities of a leader is his or her ability to effectively communicate. Effective communication is particularly an essential ingredient in everyday Christian leadership. This quality requires intentionality. More concisely, it requires clarity. In Artios Christian College‘s introductory course Essentials of Vibrant Leadership (LEA11), students study several books on Christian leadership as they explore the essential ...

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How to Avoid Small Talk (And Why You Should)

Does anyone really like small talk? “Hi! How are you?” “I’m well, thanks! How are you?” “I’m good!” And with that, social etiquette deems both individuals free to part ways. We make small talk countless times throughout each week. On auto-pilot we ask about the other person’s well being. No second thought must be given to their answer. We generally ...

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Why Communicating Boundaries is Good

Have you set appropriate boundaries in your life? One way to evaluate this is to consider your relationship with the word “no”. Do you mind hearing it as an answer? Do you cringe with discomfort when it’s the answer you want to give? I lean more toward the latter. Throughout my teens and early adulthood I was prone to over-commit myself ...

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How Conflict Can be a Good Thing

Conflict is the key ingredient to every compelling story. Without it, there’s no plot. This ingredient captivates the audience’s attention. The more impossible the situation, the more difficult it is to put the book down or turn the movie off. Why is this so? Human curiosity? Our tendency to relate with the protagonist? Or maybe its our familiarity with the ...

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3 Keys to Communicating Christ

Do you communicate with someone at least once a day? If so, you are a communicator. Are you a follower of Christ? If so, you are a leader. You are a leader because you were created and re-created to lead. You are a communicator because, well, we are all communicators. Every day you send and receive messages with those around you – your family, co-workers, neighbors, friends, and ...

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4 Ways Active Listening Increases Your Influence

Everyone wants a boss who is an active listener. These sorts are a rare commodity, but when you come by one you feel like you’ve hit the career jackpot. The active listening boss is one who invites conversation. He asks for constructive feedback. She wants to know your ideas. He cares about your personal life. She puts away her devices ...

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Why You Should Want to be an Effective Communicator

Do you think of yourself as a communicator? Maybe you’re an introvert who speaks as little as possible. Or maybe you’re a social butterfly who can strike up a conversation anywhere, anytime, with anyone. Chances are you’re somewhere in between the two – someone who appreciates keeping quiet but is able to hold a conversation when necessary. No matter what ...

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