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Created on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Jonathan Dodson, City Life Church, evangelism, believable, religious services, Christ, wisdom, incarnate, excarnate, responsibility, Jehovah's Witness, Mormon, love, suffering, despair, cynicism, ...
One in five Americans don't believe in a deity. Less than half of the population attends religious services on a regular basis. People simply find our evangelism unbelievable. Why? While a person's response ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, services, changes, objective research, National Congregations Study, Duke University, choirs, dress, casual, screens, preaching, longer, multi, attendees, diverse, conflict, ...
... If you, however, attended a church worship service in 2000 and then returned to that same church in 2010, there is a high likelihood you would see dramatic changes had taken place in only 10 years. What, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Assemblies of God, Children's Ministries Agency, youth ministry, AG youth ministry, MEGA Sports Camp, AG Youth Ministries, COMPACT Family Services
As the world continues to vie for the attention of the younger generation, the Assemblies of God is one of the few U.S. denominations where young people are flocking. Statistics indicate approximately ... [ +++ ]
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 Friday, 04 April 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Brian K. Dodd, practices, growing churches, services, multi-site, attendance, budget, church health, Rick Warren, excellence, mission, vision, core values, unproductive ministries
I have been involved in a number of conversations lately about church growth. What should growth look like? How does it look different for various sizes of churches? Should you add services or go ... [ +++ ]
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 Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Worship
Tags: Dwayne Moore, worship leaders, pastors, services, spirit, Holy Spirit, Psalm 45, praise, A.W. Tozer, evangelicalism, lead, musicians
Worship services are made up of people. I know that’s not news; it’s obvious. Yet how often do we overlook this important detail? Most of us would like to take our services up a notch or two. But we tend ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 November 2013 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Reources, worship wars, hymnody, fighting, splitting, lamenting, worship leaders, style, services, Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, In Christ Alone, The Power of the Cross, Speak ...
... in mind the age differences here. The boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. The millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. On the average, there is a 30-year difference in the ages of individual members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 07 October 2013 / Money
Tags: pastor, salary, congregation, church, wrinkle, supplies, utilities, leadership, LifeWay Christian Services, tax credit, Apostle Paul, money, Timothy, bi-vocational
Every once in a while, someone comes up with a new wrinkle on church headaches. A young pastor friend wrote to say the church he now serves went through a split a year or so before he arrived, and the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Expansion
Tags: Ed Stetzer, multiply, churches, multi-site campuses, Grace Church, contextual ministry, ethnically diverse, community, space, dual services, disciples, pastors, ministries
When 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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, studentsd, attendance, engagement, youth pastor, worship services, commitment, serving, leading
Last week I launched a series of articles on measuring church health. We began by looking at average children’s ministry attendance. This week, we’ll focus on students. For the churches we’ve worked with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Justin Lathrop, church leadership, slump, discouragement, services, hurting people, exhaustion, envy, encouragement, public praise
Church leadership is difficult (in case you hadn’t already figured that out). Some days it is easy to feel discouraged, to wonder why you work as hard as you do. Especially when you don’t receive the thanks ... [ +++ ]
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, 27 June 2013 / Church Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, churches, attendance, barriers, new groups, worship services, new venues, events, evaluation, strategy
... of attendance—100, 200, 500, 800 and so on. I even got a call a year ago from a church where the pastor was concerned that attendance was stuck at 7,000! After 25 years of consulting and researching local ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, inspiration, vision, kids' ministry, volunteers, parents, church services, communication, Vacation Bible School, direction
Read any leadership book today and within the first few pages you’ll hear about the critical function of vision in your organization. To lead effectively without a shared vision is simply not possible. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Rick Warren, pastor, love, preaching, noise, churches, names, brain, greet, services, touch, approachable, eye contact, personal style, writing
Pastor, you set the tone and atmosphere in your congregation. If you want to know the warmth of your church, put the thermometer in your own mouth. I’ve visited some churches where the pastor’s lack of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 December 2012 / Worship
Tags: worship leader, services, songs, writing, guidelines, church, melody, gospel, hymn
As worship leaders, writing and arranging songs for congregational singing is something most of us hold, or would like to hold, as a value. (By writing I mean creating an original song. By arranging I ... [ +++ ]
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