Church Turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 7: The Role of New Doors and Creativity)

Various surveys show that only 1 to 3.5 percent of congregations are effectively reaching “unchurched” people. Since more and more secular people have little or no Christian background, they are increasingly uncomfortable walking through a church’s front door into a worship service. The Role of New Doors Whereas megachurches have ...
September 01, 2015   Jim Farrer

5 ways to take the high road in leadership

It’s not an easy road, but once you spend time on it, it’s hard to go back to however you handled problems in the past. The “high road” is the one that shows you’re strong enough not to be buried by circumstance and dispute.   A belief in early Scotland ...
August 31, 2015   Doug Lawrence is seeking bloggers

Are you a writer willing to share wisdom and encouragement with senior pastors around the world? Are you a pastor with leadership experience that could help other church leaders? If so, I invite you to apply to become a volunteer blogger. The application process is simple: Send me a ...
August 27, 2015   Tom Harper

7 Reasons churches are too busy

If local churches were humans, most of them would experience burnout. Many congregations are too busy to be effective. Many feature a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated activities. As a consequence, there is no clear plan or process of discipleship in these congregations. Members are often confused about what they should ...
August 27, 2015   Thom Rainer

The best thing we can do to preserve biblical marriage

It’s easy to understand why most Christians are frustrated with the Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of marriage. We believe marriage is much more than a civil ceremony; it is a divine covenant. The Bible teaches that God brought Adam and Eve together and performed the first marriage ceremony. God designed marriage as ...
August 25, 2015   Bob Russell

Why bother with diversity? The border crossing bottom line

For many of the pastors I teach, diversity and inclusion sound at first like political-correctness distractions from the more important work of sharing the gospel. Words like multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural have the same effect.[1]   Most of these students are thoughtful, productive pastors who serve in pretty homogenous churches. ...
August 24, 2015   Elizabeth Drury

Try the “Whitney method’ to avoid b-o-r-i-n-g prayers

Books on prayer can go from the ridiculously thick to the sublimely thin—from the 600 pages of one of my favorites, E.M. Bounds on Prayer, to the currently issued 96 pages of Donald S. Whitney’s Praying the Bible [Crossway]. Bounds, who died in 1913, wrote about why we pray rather ...
August 21, 2015   Ronald Keener

The variables of kingdom impact

I will be the first to admit that I have never been very proficient in mathematics. As a youth, I gravitated towards the language arts and music. Now that I have two high school-age children living under my roof, I wish I had put a little more effort towards my ...
August 20, 2015   Parnell Lovelace, Jr.

Guests at Your Church: 10 Mind-Blowing Facts to Fuel Your Hospitality Ministry

10 facts about the Guest Experience in your church that you need to know.
August 19, 2015   Will Mancini

Church Turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 6: The Role of Fire and the Spirit cont.)

In this research blog we continue to explore my premise that Christians become truly motivated by a fire which burns down their building or when the fire of the Holy Spirit ignites the members. The Holy Spirit has many roles to play. Often in life we want the Holy Spirit ...
August 18, 2015   Jim Farrer

Developing a (writing) business plan

After being thrust into the world of self-employment because of downsizing, I worked on my own for nearly eight years without any kind of business plan. My mission statement could have been summed up: “I just hope to survive!” Once I discovered what I did (thanks to the Lord’s inspiration), ...
August 18, 2015   Ken Walker

Followers trust trustworthy leaders: third of five parts

Change leaders not only define healthy change, they see change as a leadership responsibility. If they are successful, they will have enthusiastic followers. This doesn’t occur automatically, which emphasizes the third essential of leading change: followers trust trustworthy leaders. Successful leaders not only carry out the tasks inherent with change, ...
August 18, 2015   Jim Barber

Life at a funeral

So many opportunities to share the gospel arise during times of bereavement. Most would believe that officiating funerals are the hardest part of being a pastor. True, it can be difficult to walk alongside families during their times of grief and bereavement. However, I have often found navigating hard times ...
August 14, 2015   Parnell Lovelace, Jr.

August 12 is ‘Mother’s Day’ for a son and daughter: Mother who would have been 100

Wednesday, August 12 would have been the 100th birthday of Helen Kline Keener [pictured], mother to Ron Keener and Brenda Keener Summers—but she left this world “too soon”—at 95 years old. Mother grew up in Manassas, Va., one of nine children and the last of the children to pass away, ...
August 14, 2015   Ronald Keener

8 Reasons some full-time pastors and staff should go bivocational

Some of you reading this post may need to get a new job. Or, at least you may need to get an additional job. Without a doubt, many churches will always need full-time vocational pastors and staff members. I am not suggesting all of you, or even the majority of you, ...
August 13, 2015   Thom Rainer

6 ways to survive unwarranted criticism

Faced with a critical environment, we all have choices to make—Take it? Repel it? Refute it? No matter how we handle it, there will probably only be a couple of seconds to decide.   Church professionals often find themselves in crisis, particularly given that their visibility is so high and ...
August 11, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Is your church in a leadership transition: a book review

Passing the Leadership Baton addresses the issue most churches avoid: transition. Tom Mullins tells the remarkable story of his own passing the baton to his son Todd at Christ Fellowship, the church he founded. Any long-term pastor can benefit from reading this book, as can those who follow a long-term ...
August 11, 2015   Margaret Marcuson

"My God" versus the true God

Pastors and other church leaders, if you haven’t heard these kinds of statements yet, rest assured that in today’s confused, pluralistic society, you will: “My God would never send anyone to hell.” “I believe in a God who is bigger than all religions.” “The God I worship is neither Muslim, ...
August 11, 2015   Bob Russell

My relaxing Sunday reading: What three columnists say about PP and abortion

Part of my Sunday morning routine, other than church, is reading The Washington Post delivered to my doorstep by 6:00 am. This morning the op-ed page had a trilogy of columnists on the Planned Parenthood brouhaha: George Will, that conservative wizard of words [“The barbarity of a nation”], liberal Ruth ...
August 10, 2015   Ronald Keener

2 reasons why summers are life and death to your ministry

I have worked in churches for a very long time and I’ve learned some crucial lessons. One of those lessons is how to rest. Just as in a good musical composition, sometimes the rests are more important than the notes! Summer, even the "dog days" of summer, provide some unique ...
August 06, 2015   Doug Lawrence
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Time for a change?

Jim Barber explains what triggers the need for changes in a church's leadership structure. He also shares how often churches should implement these changes. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
August 31, 2015  

Heaven only knows the impact you are making

“You have no idea how God will use you in ways you don’t even know, to be a link in the chain to lead people to heaven,” shares Lee Strobel with pastors and church leaders. For those wondering if what you are doing is making an impact, Lee Strobel shares ...
August 31, 2015  

What is governance?

Jim Barber breaks down the definition of governance and explains the elements tied to church leadership structure. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
August 25, 2015  

The defining mark of a healthy church culture

What is the most important characteristic of a healthy church culture? According to Bob Whitesel it is not theology, good preaching or compelling worship that is the common thread among healthy churches. Find out what Saddleback and other churches have found to be the key to a growing, healthy culture. ...
August 25, 2015  

Wesley, Whitefield and agreeing to disagree

The purpose of the pulpit, predestination, discipleship models – those are just some of the many things that friends John Wesley and George Whitefield had conflicting views on. However, out of their relationship a phrase was coined that has continued to help unify church leaders in the midst of doctrinal ...
August 17, 2015  

3 snapshots of unhealthy churches

Can we spend money on new carpet? Jim Barber shares real stories from churches he consulted and the passion for taking them toward next steps in leadership structure. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
August 17, 2015  

Lee Strobel: how the church changed my family forever

Best selling author and former atheist Lee Strobel wasn’t always the man he is today. God radically transformed his life and the life of his family. Hear his incredible testimony and the importance of a small church committed to strategizing, innovating and praying to reach people like him. (Excerpted from ...
August 12, 2015  

A practical tool for engaging conversationally

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, one of the essential ways leaders serve people is by taking the time to invest in them through conversation. Kevin Holland shares what God has shown him about being more intentional as a pastor and the practical, easy tool that has helped ...
August 05, 2015  

Lee Strobel says thank you

Ditching his prepared remarks for the NACC conference, Lee Strobel addresses a room full of pastors and leaders, from churches big and small, to say thank you on behalf of the people who have already and who will be impacted by the church offering the hope and light of Christ. ...
August 05, 2015  

The mission behind Duck Dynasty

So what is the purpose behind the family of bearded hunters that have found such popularity on Duck Dynasty? Hear from Alan Robertson, one of the brothers, who shares the mission behind the show and the lives of the Robertson family. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 28, 2015  

Finding avenues for compassion as a leader

"I know in your heart, you are compassionate and want to do something for God but sometimes we don’t act on that,” says Kevin Holland speaking to a room of pastors and church leaders. The danger in that is that “compassion without expression leads to depression.” So how do we ...
July 28, 2015  

Does the church need to change how it engages with non-Christians?

“If you talk to people these days and ask how do you perceive Christians? They will tell you they seem angry… arrogant… apathetic,” starts Cal Jernigan. What if there was a more generous way to engage with people outside of your church? Cal Jernigan shares four ways he and his ...
July 23, 2015  

Lee Strobel's embarrassing evangelism attempt

“There are times when I get involved with evangelism and it does not go well,” shares best-selling author Lee Strobel. Sharing a comedic example from his own life, be reminded about how even in our most embarrassing moments, God can create an opportunity for His gospel to go out. (Excerpted ...
July 23, 2015  

How Duck Dynasty started

Alan Robertson, aka the “beardless” brother and pastor from the TV show Duck Dynasty, shares the backstory of how God worked in his dad’s life and reshaped the family that millions know and watch today. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 15, 2015  

6 great reasons to share Jesus

Summing up some of the great sessions from the NACC 2014 Conference, Cal Jernigan recaps 5 great reasons we should be sharing Jesus with the people around us and then shares the greatest reason for himself personally. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 15, 2015  

Jump-starting an external focus in your church

How does a church grow in loving and serving the people outside of its walls? Hear from three different churches on what God used to help them ignite a passion to be more externally focused and more relevant in their communities. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
July 07, 2015  

Leaders have to break some rules

When it comes to breaking rules and receiving criticism, it is not always a bad thing. In fact, as Craig Groeschel explains, it may be an indication that you are doing something right for the sake of the gospel! Hear the story of one such example at LifeChurch.TV and why ...
July 07, 2015  

How older people can uniquely serve God in their church

Speaking from his heart and years of ministry experience, Ben Merold challenges the older generation to serve God and the church despite differences in taste or opinion. Learn the simple motto that he adopted years ago that has made an impact on countless lives because of his willingness to let God work ...
June 26, 2015  

Two mentalities that leave a church ineffective

Sometimes churches can drift into ineffectiveness. Kevin Holland identifies two mentalities that have a way of infiltrating churches that have the potential of robbing them from being effective and fruitful, the way God intends the church to be. Have you seen these at work in a church you know of? ...
June 26, 2015  

Key shifts to better engaging your community

How does the church stay relevant in meeting the needs of their communities? In an effort to best serve the people in your community, you may find that you have to change your approach. A panel of church leaders discuss some of the key shifts they discovered along the way. ...
June 19, 2015  
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