8 Types of power groups in churches

First of two parts This topic will cause some discomfort for many of you. The very thought of the presence of power groups seems contrary to the spirit and grace of the gospel. But since power groups are very real in churches, wise leaders will recognize their existence and learn ...
July 31, 2014   Thom Rainer

A spiritual myth: "Divorce is just as common in the church as in the world"

Have you ever heard someone cite these statements as fact? 1) "Fifty percent of American marriages end in divorce, or 2) "The divorce rate in the church is just as bad as the divorce rate in the world." I've always had serious doubts about those statistics. They didn't seem consistent ...
July 29, 2014   Bob Russell

Throw new leaders into the lair

Leadership Principle #54:  Tested, battle-weary leaders are the ones people follow. "[T]hey must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons."  - 1 Ti 3:10 In 1755, during the French and Indian War, George Washington served under proud British veteran General Braddock. When Washington ...
July 28, 2014   Tom Harper

Jesus will do something about the sin in your (HIS) church

"Now will be the time you come clean," said Matt Proctor in this session at the North American Christian Convention. "Never - ever, ever, ever - underestimate Jesus."
July 28, 2014  

A fresh way to look at young people in the church

Consultant Scott Wilcher describes an innovative way to perceive the younger generation: as orphans in need of love and guidance. (From the ChurchCentral.com Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
July 28, 2014  

There is nothing hip about Facebook any more... how about your church?

We want your kids! Every church says it, but few accomplish it. What’s the problem. Why can't churches catch up with the changing culture? Why are millennials leaving the church faster than leaders can figure out how to keep them?
July 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

"Four Chair Discipleship" Book Review

Dr. Dann Spader's new book, Four Chair Discipleship, provides a practical and insightful look into how we can grow to maturity in Christ and become disciple makers who multiply our efforts. It can help all of us walk as Jesus walked.
July 28, 2014   Kent Evans

'Sometimes churches just need to die'

"I know that's a controversial statement," says Stephen Gray at Turnaround 20/20. "We don't like to think in those terms. But between 30,000 and 40,000 churches over the last decade have closed their doors for good."
July 22, 2014  

Extroverts and introverts in ministry - which is more effective?

Do you know which personality style is more effective for the pastor of a large church? (Excerpted from a Society for Church Consulting training session taught by Aubrey Malphurs)
July 22, 2014  

8 Areas where many ministers aren't prepared for ministry

My email inbox is full of tragic examples of ministers who entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines. They were bright, eager and—with God’s power—ready to change the world. And they ...
July 17, 2014   Thom Rainer

A baby isn’t born without some PUSH; so too with prayer

"Don’t give up halfway through. Pray through until you have the break through." To Jurgen Matthesius, in his new book Push: Pray until Something Happens (Nelson Books, 2014),"that is PUSH prayer."
July 17, 2014   Ronald Keener

Why Satan Wants our Boys

As we know, our enemy prowls, seeking to devour. Let's explore three reasons why he targets boys and young men in particular. All our churches need strong strategies to protect and rescue our young men!
July 15, 2014   Kent Evans

The 6 Areas of Break-thru that Church Teams Need Most

In 2004, we built into the DNA of Auxano the idea that our services would always adapt to the primary growth challenges of local churches. Today, with over twenty on the team, we are responding to the needs of churches with our boldest move ever.
July 15, 2014   Will Mancini

Cure For the Common Church Book Review

Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health. Bob Whitesel. Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012. 175 pages. Operating off the premise that the common church is sick and in need of healing, Professor Bob Whitesel offers practical advice for restoring church health in Cure for the Common ...
July 15, 2014   Phil Wood

When momentum is dangerous

Pastor Aaron Brockett examines Jesus' criticism of the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2. "This was a great church that had done nothing overtly wrong. They were just coasting on momentum." (Courtesy of NACC.)
July 15, 2014  

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