With Spring Comes a Time for New Birth: The Consulting Process (Part 3)

Concluding our interview with Executive Director Jim Barber of the Society for Church Consulting, we talk more about what the Society does and how churches can benefit from its services.
April 23, 2015   Ronald Keener

7 Ways to lead unleadable people

After less than four years in his church, the pastor’s frustration bubbled over in a brief, but pointed e-mail. “I am so frustrated, I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether,” he said. “The church members are unleadable.” Although I didn’t think I could find “unleadable” in ...
April 23, 2015   Thom Rainer

10 Stupid Things That Are Keeping Your Small Group from Growing

Geoff Surratt, director of Exponential, wrote a book titled Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing. Great title, so I, ummm, borrowed it. Consuming. Groups who focus all their attention on themselves grow ... fat. But they don't grow up. They are consumer groups who, like Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate ...
April 22, 2015   Mike Mack

3 rules for effective small groups

Borrowing from the inspiration and example of John Wesley, Bob Whitesel discusses three rules that have the power to maximize small group effectiveness at your church. (Bob Whitesel teaching at the Society for Church Consulting's training in 2014.) 
April 21, 2015  

The biggest mistake in church transitions

Church transitions offer an incredible opportunity if led well, but most often we hear of transitions gone bad. Church consultant trainer John Ewart discusses the biggest mistake he has seen churches make and how to avoid it.  (From a session at the Society for Church Consulting's training in 2014.)
April 21, 2015  

Easing a pastor's stress

The Schaeffer Institute recently reported that more than 1,700 ministers leave the ministry every month. Fifty percent of those who remain feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but they have no other way to make a living.  That’s why once a month I conduct ...
April 21, 2015   Bob Russell

3 ways firing a volunteer can increase engagement

We have all been here: a volunteer needs to be asked to step down or take a sabbatical, but we are hesitant to do it. We fear negative repercussions like balls dropping or other helpers becoming concerned. But let's examine a few ways doing this can actually help us increase ...
April 20, 2015   Kent Evans

3 times in ministry I went from the supine to the ridiculous

When you wake up in the morning and get out of bed, typically you see your day going one way, but often—maybe too often—you’re badly mistaken! Surprises and interruptions are the stuff of ministry and often a good day can go terribly wrong! Here’s my short list…       ...
April 18, 2015   Doug Lawrence

With Spring Comes a Time for New Birth: The Consulting Process (Part 2)

Part 1 of our trilogy on church consulting and consultants referenced the Robin redbreast outside my office window as a metaphor for the consultant trained to bring to congregations a newness of mission and ministry. Part 2 continues my interview with Jim Barber, a church consultant and executive director of ...
April 15, 2015   Ronald Keener

Books aren't dead

In a blog posted on Church Central in March, Thom Rainer wrote about the significant shift in digital media and how young adults under 34 have no loyalty or preference for print media. Now, I wouldn’t presume to second-guess the president of LifeWay Christian Resources. After all, he closely follows ...
April 15, 2015   Ken Walker

6 Reasons Why Most Church Strategic Planning is a Waste of Time

Most church strategic planning is a waste of time no matter what you call it or why the church started the planning to begin with. Have you ever personally experienced a time-waster planning retreat?
April 14, 2015   Will Mancini

The top two metrics that determine whether a church can grow

"A church of 2,000 is not just a bigger version of a church with 50 people - it's a totally different animal." (Gary McIntosh teaching at the Society for Church Consulting's training in 2014.)
April 13, 2015   Tom Harper

Analyzing Saddleback's vision statement

Saddleback's ambitious vision was created by Rick Warren when his church had only 20 members. Is your vision big enough? Is it truly a vision, or just a tagline? (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
April 13, 2015  

With Spring Comes a Time for New Birth: The Consulting Process (Part 1)

Outside my office window, probably no more than two feet from my nose, a Robin redbreast is building a new nest in a bush where last year’s nest was.
April 10, 2015   Ronald Keener

Seven reasons why most church outreach programs fail

In my last blog in this space, I addressed the seven habits of outwardly focused churches. This time, I want to look at a related topic: why most church outreach programs fail. One of my passions in life is to help churches move from becoming inwardly focused to outwardly focused. ...
April 09, 2015   Thom Rainer

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