Church planting isn't for the faint of heart. Raising funds for a new church makes it even more difficult. read more
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7 Principles for Church Planting According to the New Testament Pattern
Why do so many church plants fail? Here are some suggestions to buck that trend. read more
8 Questions About Church Revitalization
As a ministerial leader, have you been faced with the task of church revitalization? How did you handle it? read more
Why Are Pentecostals Growing in Number?
Pentecostals are certainly not nominal in their thinking. Here are some reasons the movement is getting bigger. read more
Church Planting: Starting From Scratch
Most church planters know all too well how to live within their means. That's when it's time to get creative. read more
Is Growth or Control More Important to You?
How much of each do you really want? read more
5 of the Fastest-Growing Churches You've Never Heard of
5 Things Every Church Planter Needs to Know
Planting a church is a challenging adventure. Here are some things to keep in mind during the process. read more
Bob Rhoden: ‘The Spirit Said … '
When launching a new ministry or planting a church, who holds the most important opinion? read more
7 Reasons Why Church Worship Centers Will Get Smaller
The trend toward smaller worship centers has already begun. Find out why it will be accelerating very soon. read more
5 Steps to Take Before Beginning 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. read more
Kyle Searcy: Birthing a Church 101
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. read more
3 Ways to Find Out Why Your Church Isn't Growing
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. 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. read more
4 Keys to Planning for Church Health
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 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. read more
Rick Warren: The Most Overlooked Key to a Growing Church
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 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. read more
Rick Warren: Before You Lead Your Church Through Change
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.
Having said that, leading a church through change is difficult, and sometimes it can be detrimental if you don’t consider some important questions before starting the process.
Three aspects of change you should evaluate before shaking things up are: read more
How to Launch 163,000 Churches
A few months after we started New Song Church, I began to pray about how our little church could play a part in Jesus’ Acts 1:8 vision for the church. How could a young church like ours play a part in reaching our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the world?
Fast-forward 20 years, and God has done exceedingly abundantly above what we could ask or imagine. By His grace, New Song has played a measurable part in planting 163,000 churches around the world. Those 163,000 churches have seen over 7 million come to Christ.
I recently asked myself, “How did this happen?” read more
Ron Phillips: Identify Your Spiritual Gifts
A young man in my last church cut off three of his fingers while cutting a piece of paneling in a van customizing shop. As he was being rushed to the hospital, he was asked, “Where are the fingers?” A man rushed back to the shop with a bowl of ice, grabbed the three digits and then rushed them to Birmingham in the ambulance along with the young man.
Nineteen hours of microsurgery reattached those fingers to the young man’s hand. Had they been left in the sawdust of that shop, the fingers would have been useless. They were only good to him if they were attached to his body.
It’s the same way when it comes to our attachment to the body of Christ, both globally and locally. We are members of the body—whether a finger, an ear, an eye or a spleen—and we need the rest of the body in order to live. We cannot make it on our own. read more
Tony Morgan: 5 Attributes of a Church in Decline
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with a denominational leader in a different part of the country.
Over the last few years, he’s personally been involved in consulting engagements with about 60 declining churches within his denomination. That grabbed my attention. Honestly, I don’t have a lot of experience working with churches that are in decline.
With that in mind, I was curious to learn if there were any common themes. Within moments, he rattled off these five attributes of churches he’s worked with that are in decline: read more
Reaching the Unchurched: Speak Their Language
Are you praying for insight about how your church can impact the unchurched? I remember thinking: If our church ever becomes popular among the unchurched, we'll sure be able to do lots of good. After all, there are lots of people needing redemption in our community.
Think about this: Do you remember who led you to faith in Christ? Numerous surveys say it was probably a relative, friend or co-worker. One survey even claims that 97 percent of people who come to Christ do so through an existing relationship. read more
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