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June 16th, 2011

by Bobby Gruenewald

Catalyst One Day in Houston

Visit If you’re near Houston, consider bringing your team and volunteer leaders to Catalyst One Day on August 25. Craig and Andy Stanley will be leading conversations about building a healthy organizational culture and sharing candidly from their experience. It’s a great opportunity to hear practical leadership ideas, ask questions, and recharge with your team.

If you register by June 17, you’ll receive a special discounted price of $79. Just enter the Rate Code, SWERVE, when you check out. It will be a great day of leadership learning. Hope to see you there!


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categories: OPEN
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June 6th, 2011

by Bobby Gruenewald

The new

Five years ago, we launched to give away all of the resources created at Since then, we’ve been honored to see more than 70,000 church leaders download over 2 million resources to use in churches and ministries in 100 countries around the world.

Now, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve just launched a brand-new version of!

Craig shares a few more thoughts about the site in this video.

We’d love for you to visit the site, take advantage of any resources that are helpful, and share it with your friends in ministry. We also have a pretty active community for OPEN on Facebook, so stop by, Like the page, and get ideas from other churches using these resources.

I’m very excited about what’s happening with our OPEN community—lots of great momentum with a new site, resources being translated into multiple languages, and churches around the globe working together to share the Gospel. We are so humbled to be a part of what God is doing!


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June 1st, 2011

by Craig Groeschel

39 Speakers on One Weekend

Last weekend gave 39 different staff members the opportunity to preach. We called it our first “Developmental Weekend.”

In case this idea might be helpful to other churches, I’ll share what we did.

· I prepared an outline for everyone to use. The outline gave the staff members a consistent message but plenty of room to personalize the texts and application.

· I prerecorded an explanation to get our church behind the concept and motivate them to support our rookies.

· I also prerecorded a 7-minute introduction to the message and a 7-minute ending plus ministry and prayer time.

· Our Pastors selected people to preach one or more services at our 14 different campuses. We selected Missions Pastors, LifeGroup Pastors, Youth Pastors, Host Team Coordinators and more. Each speaker had about 15 minutes to speak.

Here are several of the noticeable benefits:

· 39 people got to preach.

· The Pastors spent time preparing and developing their team members.

· The church embraced the idea of developing the next generation of leaders.

· These staff members got exposure to large groups of people, increasing their pastoral influence.

· Everyone on our staff understands that your position doesn’t determine your influence. You could be called on to do more at any time.

I’m very proud of our team!


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