growth

Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Mark Howell, impact, small groups, ministry, growth, senior pastor, spokesperson, champion, planted meal, promotion, leadership, requirements
Once you make the decision that small groups will be your primary (or only) delivery system for connection and discipleship, it only makes sense to look for ways to accelerate small group ministry growth ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegator, problems, authority, availability, faster, leader, growth, credit, toolbox
I have always strived to be a delegator. I know I’ve written posts on it before—how to do it successfully and that kind of garbage. But that’s before I knew the skinny on delegation. So, that’s it. I’m ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ed Stetzer, assessment, culture, Christians, credibility, benefit, LifeWay Research, growth, honesty, trustworthiness, Transformational Church
... aren’t always friendly. So while I often say “facts are our friends,” they aren’t always friendly. For example, in 2009, LifeWay Research found that 55 percent of church attendees believed they had grown ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Dan Reiland, leaders, spiritual growth, philosophy, human nature, Asbury Theological Seminary, 12Stone® Church, capacity, fun, price, risks, vision
If you love to learn, improve and grow, think back on who helped to ignite that fire within you. A mentor in my late teen years, Ray Crowell, was the first person to inspire me to grow as a person. He ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Justin Lathrop, excuses, potential, teacher, parent, leader, slack, personal growth, busy, guilt, ministry, learn, church, choices
It’s easy to tell whether a person is giving an excuse. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent or a leader, we’ve all heard excuses from other people that don’t quite add up. While determining the validity ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Ed Stetzer, discipleship, broken views, Great Commission, religious knowledge, program, Romans, preaching, growth, effort, Philippians, salvation, practical steps
There is a lot of talk about discipleship these days—and it is about time. Jesus seemed to think discipleship was a big deal, putting it as the heart—and the verb—of the Great Commission to "make disciples ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 09 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Os Hillman, Warriors, Tourists, local church, Holy Spirit, kingdom, College of Prayer, church growth, movement, Peter Wagner, validation, affirmation
... is subscribed to by 200,000 people worldwide each day. www.TodayGodIsFirst.com  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Ron Edmondson, church, growth, numbers, healthy, Holy Spirit, believers, seasons
Here 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. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 / Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, church growth, church health, planning, America, spiritual health, responsibility, role, giftedness, pastors, transformation
Based 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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Artie Davis, sucky, pastor, confession, burned out, wife, church growth, passions, visions, kids' ministry, relevant, cutting edge, pain
I have been doing some form of pastoring for almost 30 years, and I have certainly been a sucky pastor on many occasions. So, I hope you can learn from my failures and use them too. Here are seven ways ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Social Media
Tags: Web, Tony Morgan, spiritual growth, church website, brochure, volunteers, stream, services, Seacoast Church, LifeChurch.tv, Pinelake Church, Bible app
Remember the days when we just duplicated everything in the church bulletin on the church website? Church websites were just online brochures. Then we started encouraging people to connect. We offered ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Discipleship
Tags: Discipleship, culture, churches, pastors, salvation, growth, equipping, vision, mission, BHAG, cheerleader, czar, Implementation Team, communication package, plan
... your people in a small group with an average of eight people. For example if you have 200 people, 80 percent = 160 divided by 8 = 20 small groups. Determine how many trained small group leaders you have, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Artie Davis, assimilation, process, sustained growth, church, connected, grow up, encouragement, engagement
A simple assimilation process is absolutely vital for any church to see sustained growth. Here’s the one I’ve seen work so well, and you can customize it for your church quite easily. It covers the three ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 01 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, bad habits, teams, ministry strategy, stuck, laedership team, plans, growth, meetings, schedules, offerings, conversation
Habits impact churches much more than they realize. In fact, many churches are stuck because of bad habits. Charles Duhigg writes in The Power of Habit, “Most of the choices we make each day may feel ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 27 June 2013 / Calling
Tags: Kim Martinez, bi-vocational, pastors, wall, guilt, brainstorming, church, growth, baptism, Moses, honesty, doubts, problems
I was talking to a friend the other day about some of the stresses bi-vocational pastors face that are unique. During our brainstorming session, we hit upon one that struck a chord—guilt. You might recognize ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 / Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, church growth, key, Jesus, love, sacrifices, children, New Testament, family, magnet
I 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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Mentor, Hal Seed, benefits, vision, next level, New Song Church, church health, growth, Joshua, Moses, Elisha, Elijah
A few years ago, I hired a mentor. It was kind of humbling. After all, I had spent the previous three years mentoring nine pastors myself. But I finally admitted it: I don’t know everything I wish I knew! ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 / Growth
Tags: Rick Warren, change, location, growth, church, effective leader, potential, success, congregation
If your church has plateaued in its growth for a while or shows signs of being unhealthy, things may need to change, and the pastor is the point person to produce positive change in any church’s culture. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 13 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, leadership, organizational, team, control, business, church, DNA, delegation, creativity, characteristics, personal growth, independent thought, followers
In my years leading in business and churches, I have known many people who claim to be leaders, but they are actually nothing more than controllers of people. There is a huge difference in leading and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 May 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Church growth, church health, Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Church, New Testament, Ephesians, 2 Corinthians, James, children, organism, secret, balance, fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry, ...
When I wrote The Purpose Driven Church, I predicted that church health—not church growth—would be the primary concern of the 21st Century church. I believe that prediction is proving itself true. The New ... [ +++ ]
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