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7 Reasons Why Church Worship Centers Will Get Smaller

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The trend toward smaller worship centers is seemingly being set. (Lightstock)

The trend toward smaller worship centers has already begun. Find out why it will be accelerating very soon.

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5 Steps to Take Before Beginning to Plant a Church

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What other factors would you consider before choosing to plant a church?

Pastors, if you’re serious about being led to plant a church, make sure you weigh these important factors before you begin the process.

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Kyle Searcy: Birthing a Church 101

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For pastor Kyle Searcy, planting a new church was like waiting for his first child to be born. Find out how exhilarating the experience was.

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3 Ways to Find Out Why Your Church Isn't Growing

empty-churchHere is an example of a common question I receive:

My church is not growing. People come, but they do not stay. We’ve analyzed all the majors and feel we are doing what we should, but they do not stay. Any thoughts, please?

I receive something similar almost weekly. I wish I had answers every time. I don’t. Most of the time, I know they can’t afford a consultant (or don’t think they can but should consider the investment), so I try to give them a few suggestions, in the limited time I have, to think through their issues.

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4 Keys to Planning for Church Health

Thom-RainerBased on research and anecdotal evidence, I estimate that nine out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their communities—if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign for the church in America.

Through the feedback I’ve received on my blog over the past two years, it has become overwhelmingly evident that the spiritual health of churches and pastors is of great concern. Many have asked how to transform the churches in the 90 percent that are not growing into ones like the 10 percent that are.

This is no easy task, but it can be done.

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Rick Warren: The Most Overlooked Key to a Growing Church

Rick-Warren-newI believe the most overlooked key to growing a church is this: We must love unbelievers the way Jesus did. Without His passion for the lost, we will be unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to reach them.

Jesus loved lost people. He loved spending time with them. He went to their parties. From the Gospels, it is obvious that Jesus enjoyed being with seekers far more than being with religious leaders. He was called the “friend of sinners” (Luke 7:34). How many people would call your church that?

Jesus loved being with people and they felt it. Even little children wanted to be around Jesus, which speaks volumes about what kind of person He was and what kind of pastor He’d be. Children instinctively seem to gravitate toward loving, accepting people.

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