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Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Growth
Tags: Brandon Cox, control, growth, church, David Chrzan, leadership, theological framework, systems, Holy Spirit, commitment, congregation, discipleship
He may not be Solomon, but David Chrzan often drops nuggets of wisdom that sound as if they could have come from the book of Proverbs. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 / Relationships
Tags: church growth, pray for your pastor, pray for your leaders, body of Christ, Denise J. Shultz, Missional Woman
I've been participating in the life of a local church for over four decades. For most of these years, I've either been the pastor's kid, the youth pastor's wife, the children's pastor, or the elder's wife. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 / Youth
Tags: Aaron Helman, longevity, culture change, systematic growth, success, fruit, Outliers, Malcom Gladwell, Moses, faithfulness, burnout
You could spend months debating the best strategy for your group. But the truth is, it doesn't matter ... if you're not around long enough to make it happen. Culture change and systematic growth are things ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Carey Nieuwhof, church growth, attendance, barriers, megachurches, multisite churches, Barna group, Protestant, desire, prayer, love, facility, leaders, strategy, empowered, volunteers, microman
... the church. Every single day, I want our church to become more effective in reaching one more person with the hope that's in Christ. So, why is it that most churches never break the 200-person attendance ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 15 August 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: National Association of Evangelicals, board, survey, church growth, biblical teaching, outward focus, strong vision, mission, Leith Anderson, biblical authority, community, needs, care
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) asked its board of directors, which includes denominational leaders, pastors and other evangelical leaders, for the main characteristics they notice in growing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Greg Stier, Dare 2 Share, laser, lightbulb, ministry, focus, Acts, obsession, status quo, spiritual growth, energize, generation, evangelize, disciple-making process
A light bulb can brighten up a dark room. A laser can cut through steel. Light bulbs disperse soft light in every direction for a short distance. Lasers can only be focused in a single direction but, theoretically, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church growth, prevention, small church, mentality, Christian, secular, leaders, followers, dream, pastor, new people, voice, vision, change, excuses, quit dreaming, organized system, ...
I was once asked to help a church process how to get younger people to attend. After we discussed some recommendations for change, a man pulled me aside and said, "Son, we don't need no fancy ideas around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Culture
Tags: Artie Davis, Jesus, small town, pastor, big city, culture, church, growth, Friday night football games, gas station
I talk with a lot of pastors and leaders, pastors and leaders from different places and different-sized places. Specifically, as I talk to pastors and leaders in rural places, in small towns, across the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 16 May 2014 / Administration
Tags: Greg Surratt, business, church, body, pastor, quit, retire, declining health, priorities, time, future growth, concrete rules, freedom, paint by numbers
I read an article recently about how to tell when your business needs a new leader. It opens with: "An entrepreneur should know when it is time to move on for the sake of his or her business. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Pastors, Charles Arn, growth, new, units, principle, application, people, saturation, template, unchurched, target audience, needs
Here’s a growth axiom you can take to the bank. Whether you are pastoring a (large, medium or small) church, leading a youth group, overseeing a music ministry or are involved with any other aspect of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Rick Warren, Easter, purpose-driven church, evangelism, growth, eggs, Billy Graham, fruit, decision, relationship, acceptance, approval, love, lifestyle
Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, youth ministry, questions, finished product, ministry leaders, faith, growth, followers, Jesus, small groups, activities, influence, relationship
If I ask you why you care for the students who are in your youth ministry, you will probably say something about helping them growing in their faith. I inquire, “OK, who do you want them to be?” You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, growing pains, church, pastors, labor, care issue, small groups, control issue, growth, criticism, newcomers, comfort issue, ministry, leave, relationships, vision, changes, affirmation, ...
A church that wants to grow without going through growing pains is like a woman who says, “I want to have a baby, but I don’t want to go through labor.” Is the pain worth it? Yes, it’s worth it. People ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Justin Lathrop, stress, sanity, pastor, mental health, mentor, on-call, friends, work out, stay in shape, invest in family, professional growth
No job is easy, but the job of a pastor can be particularly stressful. Not only are you expected to perform while you’re on the job, but you’re expected to perform while you’re “off the job” as well. Sometimes ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, reminder, principles, church leaders, holiness, strategy, role, prayer, Word of God, doctrine, study, growth, scripture, laborers, servants, recognition
We think of church leadership as mature, godly and self-starters. They read the Bible for themselves and do not need to be spoon-fed. They know how to pray, have the confidence of the membership, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Children's ministry, Dale Hudson, relevant, plateau, new service, growth path, space, options, momentum, God's attention
Many children’s ministries find their attendance has plateaued or is declining. The children’s ministry where I serve as director has plateaued twice, and on both occasions it has been due to lack of space. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, encouragement, words, pastors, ministry, church growth, scriptures, people-pleaser, influence, gossip, priority
This is for all my pastor friends. It may not make as much sense to readers who haven’t served in that role. One thing that sets me apart from some pastors is that the amount of time I spent in the business ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Artie Davis, slow-moving church, clear vision, growth, decline, music, giving, community, understanding, tools, outreach, impact, written plan, calendar
Almost every church will see seasons of growth and decline. But how do you get a church that seems to be coming to a stop to regain some forward momentum? Here are a few points I have found helpful: 1. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, God's purposes, focus, church, Purpose Driven Church, Great Commandment, Great Commission, worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, Bible, growth
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I made the bold assertion that every church is driven by something. That’s still true, and as you prepare to lead your church into another new year, ... [ +++ ]
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