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What You Can't Say at Church

Would you rather your congregation be silent during the service or have the ability to communicate?
Would you rather your congregation be silent during the service or have the ability to communicate? (Lightstock)

Find out one of the major reasons why people avoid church and why the number of your audience members may be less than desirable.


Greg Atkinson: The Most Beautiful Churches in the World

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Do the godly people in your church make it attractive to others? (Lighstock)

What is your first thought when you think of attractive churches? Is it the building, or is it the people?


Ignore the Power of Media at Your Own Peril

Freedom House Church Pastor Troy Maxwell
Freedom House Church Pastor Troy Maxwell (Sarah Garrett/Freedom House Church Facebook page)

When it comes to the media, especially social media, there are no secrets. Find out how Freedom House Church in Charlotte, N.C., found that out the hard way.


8 Types of Power Groups in Churches

Thom-Rainer-headshotThis topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But power groups are very real in churches.

Perhaps our comfort level can increase a bit by calling the groups “influencers” rather than power groups. Choose your label. The fact of the matter is that most churches have a clearly known group that carries the most influence in the church. And it is not unusual for that group to have a clearly known leader.


Why We Multiply Everything, Including Churches and Campuses

Grace-ChurchWhen we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed we’d eventually have a place for offices and more permanent meeting space, etc.

We also had plans (which are currently in process) of sending out a planter and were excited about planting a new church. We think it is essential to plant and to do it early so that multiplication is part of the life of our church.


Bankruptcy of Church and State: When Clergy Is Blind and Justice Isn’t

Lyndon-B-JohnsonAmerica’s political and religious establishments are broken. Washington fails to provide the answers needed to solve the economic and political crises facing us at home and abroad. The church fails to exhibit the moral guidance necessary to hold a collapsing culture together. The nation is rapidly losing faith in both institutions, evidenced by declining approval ratings. 

The political process in Washington is overheating in partisan gridlock while our churches are becoming increasingly ineffective and indifferent to the ongoing culture wars. Both institutions are insolvent to the fiscal and spiritual indebtedness they have incurred upon the nation.  Neither can produce the economic capital or spiritual stimulus to jumpstart the economy or usher in revival.


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