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Created on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Brad Lomenick, Catalyst, staff meeting, boring, monotonous, stories of impact, guest speakers, food, curriculum, pattern, book, peer recognition, leaders, leadership topic, mission, vision, core ...
Most of us dread the weekly staff meeting. "Just get me out of there ASAP so I can get back to actually doing the work and making things happen" is the attitude many of us have. I know from experience. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 / Vision
Tags: Children, ministry, Dale Hudson, rut, volunteers, attendance, vision, guests, glaring problems, solutions, fresh eyes, fear, failure
Is your ministry stuck in a rut? Attendance flat? Vision a word you once talked about? Volunteers just going through the motions? Baptistry is dry? Very few guests walking through the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 July 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, families, return, strategy, guest services, check in, first-time families, registered, personal note, pre-schooler
This is one of the most important strategies your children's ministry can focus on. We recently implemented a new tweak in our strategy for connecting with first-time guest families, and we are seeing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Church, parking lot, ministry, entrance, visible, landscaping, poorly tended, parking, guest parking, greeters, badges, traffic flow, worshipers, walk, shuttle, welcome center, security, prayer
I know the topic of church parking lots is not attention grabbing. In fact, I almost did not write this post—except that I continue to see too many churches miss an opportunity for ministry that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Nelson Searcy, Easter, return, guests, follow up, email response, one month, hand-written note, gift card
Easter Sunday is always such an amazing day. I hope you had as wonderful of an Easter service as my church, the Journey, did in all of its locations. God truly blessed us with so many gifts.The gifts are ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Scott Attebery, guests, visitors, church, clean up, communication, facilities, hospitality, message sign, concert posters, facilities and grounds
Growing up, any time guests were coming to visit, we would “clean house” to get ready. The more important the guest, the more we cleaned up. Every church (no matter the size, median age, location or resources) ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Greg Atkinson, Easter, church, guests, visit, front door, attire, odor, smell, parking, parents, kids, classroom, free, giveaway, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Alabama, security, visible ...
... Author and international speaker Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for two decades and has been writing, speaking and training thousands of church leaders since 2000. In late 2003, Greg launched MultisensoryWorship.com ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Chuck Lawless, pastors, churches, Resurrection Sunday, guests, spies, website, greeters, building, impression, sign, services, foyer, guest welcome center, fellowship
Last year, I published a blog post titled "Eight Confessions of Church Spies," a summary report from the “spies” our church consulting team, the Lawless Group, has used over the years. As we approach the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, visiting preacher, host pastor, guest, invitation, information, internal workings, church, negatives, times, services, children's sermon, Sunday school, dress code, honorarium, understanding, ...
As a retired pastor, I’m often on the receiving end of invitations to preach at other churches, so am well acquainted with this subject. Here are a few things that a visiting preacher requires from his ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Diana Davis, greeting, connection, guests, church, return, intentional, newcomer, God's guidance, smile, parking lot, foyer, nursery, phone number, email, contact info
Your God is awesome. Your church is wonderful. Yet guests who visit your church don’t often return. No true connection was made. A parking lot greeter in our church expressed that concern: “We’ve got to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Hospital, church, guests, cancer patients, Dr. Charles Arn, prostate, surgery, nurses, City of Hope, uncertainty, volunteers, family, patients, connection center
“Dr. Arn, your biopsy came back positive. I’m afraid you have prostate cancer.” I thought he must have been talking to someone else in the room. But we were alone ... and the doctor was looking straight ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Ministry, pastors, churches, mistakes, informative, website, guests, social media, staff, influencing, content, groups, considerate, worship service
I was recently in Arkansas speaking with a pastor who is a daily reader of my blog. He expressed gratitude for all the free content, but then he made a kind plea. He said that the blog has so much content ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dale Hudson, church visitors, customer service, employees, I don't know, great question, tweak, guest families
Have you ever been in store, asked one of the employees a question, and gotten the response, “I don’t know?”  You probably got very frustrated didn’t you? When you hear the words “I don’t know” ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 / Marketing
Tags: Greg Atkinson, church, Great Commission, irresistible, foundation, healthy church, first impressions, hospitality, guest relations, children's ministry
Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that basic and foundational things like prayer, discipleship and evangelism (having an externally-focused church as I’ve stated before) are all a given. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, Christmas, Easter, guests, grace, evangelistic mandate, love, seek, shepherd, wise men, distracted, Herod, Jesus, spiritual family
If the two times of the year that guests typically show up for a weekend church service are Easter and Christmas, then we have an evangelistic mandate to make the most of the opportunity to welcome them, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 / Administration
Tags: Will Mancini, pastors.com, measuring stick, church, organization, congregation, commitment, Auxano, strategy, culture, vision, decision-making, priorities, LifeWay Research, Vision Pathway, guest ...
Below you will find what I believe to be 20 very important, if not the most important, things you should know about your church. Keep in mind these are things to measure about your church as an organization. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Brandon Hilgemann, pastors.com, return invitation, preaching, guest, senior pastor, time limit, arrive early, stay late, audience, topic, series, transitions, compliment, preparation, feedback
Have you been invited to be a guest preacher? I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers. Here are some tips ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, membership, last days, End Times, slanderous, guests, banquet, ungodly people, Apostle Paul, gospel, Satan, behavior, immature, carnal-minded, leaders, Holy Spirit, influential, ...
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, guests, blindness, survey, Chuck Lawless, grade, mystery guests, perceptions, real experiences, reality, slippage, relationships, feedback, positive
In my blog, I have referred many times to my days of church consultation, particularly those experiences where we sent one of our consultants to be a first-time guest in a church. He or she would return ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Chuck Lawless, church, spies, confessions, websites, boring, friendliness, facilities, guests, preparation, children, protection, music, worship, preaching
Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? My church consulting company uses church “spies” to help us evaluate how churches respond to guests. Our spies are “good” spies, ... [ +++ ]
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