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Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Communication
Tags: LifeWay Research, Chris Martin, Crossroads Christian Fellowship, communication, TCAT, assessment tool, community-based congregation, demographic swing, transition, minister, discipleship, mission, ...
... congregation. Becky, Pastor Valekis' wife and a leader in the church, said, "We started there [Crossroads] in 1999-2000, and we were about 100 percent commuter-based, I would guess. Then, by the time we ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resuorces, church leaders, members, troubling statements, pastors, staff, community, discipleship church, money, small groups, guests
If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these 10 statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed, they are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Lake City Foursquare Church, transformation, assessment tool, TCAT, hard times, discipleship, community, small groups, adjustments, LifeWay Research
For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change. Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: LifeWay Christian Resources, transformation, Mountain Vista Bible Church, TCAT, significant debt, consultation, worship experience
When interim pastor and church consultant Lavern "Bud" Brown was leading Mountain Vista Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, through a time of transition, he decided it was the best time to assess the strengths ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 / Culture
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, Christmas, Christ, holidays, poll, data, de-Christianization, Santa Claus, traditions, reason for the season, Jesus
In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays," the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 December 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: LifeWay Research, Lakeview Church, transformation, mission, pastors, status quo, congregation, sharing the gospel, TCAT, overseas missions, worship, ministry, survival mode
It was time for things to change at Lakeview Church in Hickory, North Carolina. The church's longtime pastor had stepped down in 2012 and the congregation was looking for a new pastor. But they didn't ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 December 2014 / Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Tags: Water of Life Church, New York City, Transformational Church Assessment Tool, serve, people, Latino families, Bronx, bivocational pastor, legalistic background, congregation, health, Hispanic, Spanish, ...
Water of Life Church was a growing congregation in New York City drawing predominately young Latino families in the Bronx. But while the members felt numerous improvements had been made since Carlos Franco ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, churches, prediction, multi-site, multi-venue, megachurches, teacher, multi-preachers, denominations
... 200 in attendance that have more than one preacher or teacher. 3. The rapid increase in large churches functioning as quasi-denominations. The functions of denominations have historically included missions ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 November 2014 / Community
Tags: Thanksgiving, holidays, LifeWay Research, hunger, America, church-run food pantry, food supply, church, churchgoers, Feeding America
As the holidays approach, food pantries across the country will collect donations to help those in need.  Chances are some of the folks who donate also know what it's like to go to bed hungry. Nearly ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 / Multicultural
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, immigration, gospel, global missions, nations, outreach, impact, church, lost people, different races, Asia, masses, Muslims, Christ
Immigration is changing how churches think about missions and outreach in North America, and rightly so. People are slowly waking up to the new cultural landscape that surrounds them—a landscape ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 November 2014 / Prayer
Tags: Mark Dance, LifeWay Research, pastors, prayer, plan, revitalization, Jesus, leaders, future church leaders, Missionary Small groups, David Francis
As goes the pastor, so goes the church. As goes the church, so goes the nation—and the world. Church revitalization begins with pastoral revitalization. Our spiritual health will directly affect ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 November 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church service, first-time guests, greet, worship, unfriendly, unsafe, unclean, children's ministry, information kiosk, insider church language, church website, poor signage, ...
If you attend a church regularly, you've probably noticed the phenomenon. A guest shows up for a worship service, but he or she never returns. It is, unfortunately, a common issue in many churches. I did ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 October 2014 / Culture
Tags: LifeWay Research, Bob Smietana, Christian theology, heaven, hell, heresy, Ligonier Ministries, sinner, Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul, Black Protestants, Catholics, faith, salvation
Most Americans believe in heaven, hell and a few old-fashioned heresies. Those are among the findings of a new study of American views about Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Americans ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, social media, harm, good, church, communication, encouragement, attack, leaders, criticize, share the gospel, prayer requests
On a few occasions, I have addressed the topic of church leaders on social media. I obviously have a fascination with this form of communication. Indeed, I see it as one of the great modern-day vehicles ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, Richard R. Hammar, compensation, pastors, church staff, Southern Baptist Convention, church income, gender, worship attendance, longevity, education, geographical ...
Some of the current trends in pastor and church staff compensation are surprising to me, while others are about what I expected. I relied on several current compensation studies to assemble these nine ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, tenure, pastor, church, traits, prayer, staff, family time, ministry, community, battles, accountable, conflict, criticism
Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 / Community
Tags: Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research, lost, sinners, broken, churches, Christians, spiritually stable, unchurched, friends, separated, compassion, dysfunctional family, serve, save
It is a natural thing for Christians to want to be around other Christians. Something special happens in the fellowship of believers. We can worship freely, study deeply, and communicate clearly. Hanging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 25 September 2014 / Special Needs
Tags: LifeWay Research, mental illness, churches, guidance, distress, Protestant, senior pastors, Focus on the Family, severe depression, churchgoers, spirituality, Ed Stetzer
... Among them were 200 churchgoers. A third survey polled 207 Protestant family members of people with acute mental illness. Researchers also conducted in-depth interview with 15 experts on spirituality and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church leaders, pastors, multisite churches, research, Leadership Network, Generis, Warren Bird, study, evangelistic strategy, campus pastor, staff ministers
... looked at multisite churches in recent years. Scott McConnell, the director of LifeWay Research, wrote Multi-site Churches in 2009, an excellent analysis of the movement. Now a study by Leadership Network ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Women
Tags: women, empower, emerging leaders, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Tim Keller, Center Church, theology, leadership, connection, power, Facts and Trends, networking
Too often, we can miss the gifts of others. That's human nature, I guess. The fact is, God has gifted all His people, and the work of Christ is benefited when we acknowledge and engage different people ... [ +++ ]
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