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

3 thoughts about getting over time

It has been said that “Over time, you get over time.”    A life in ministry is just like any other. When you are young you have nothing but time, middle-aged, you never have enough, and when you are old, time is precious and then finally runs out.   You ...
April 08, 2015   Doug Lawrence

How to respond to a claim of a "special revelation"

Ever heard these kinds of statements? “God told me.” “The unmistakable voice of the Lord spoke in my heart.” “The Lord said…” Those claims of divine revelation appear in a recent best-selling Christian book. Such assertions are common. I have heard leaders of prayer sessions say, “God will reveal to ...
April 07, 2015   Bob Russell

Inspiration for reaching seekers in your city

Should we not be concerned with the people in our cities? That is the question posed at the end of the book of Jonah and the conclusion of Pastor Tim Harlow’s opening session at the NACC conference.  Borrowing from the inspiration of Reverend Samuel Shoemaker, we are reminded of our ...
April 07, 2015  

Leader, you were made for a mission

Pastor Rick Warren speaks to fellow pastors and church leaders about one of the five purposes of your life – the truth that you were made for a mission! Be inspired and reminded that every believer is called by God to not just have a ministry in the church but also ...
April 07, 2015  

Why Can’t the Church Just Agree to Disagree on Homosexuality?

It is difficult to exaggerate how seriously the Bible treats the sin of sexual immorality. Sexual sin is never considered adiaphora, a matter of indifference, an agree-to-disagree issue like food laws or holy days (Rom. 14:1-15:7).
April 02, 2015   Ronald Keener

Hundreds of Iranian and Afghan Christians baptized

Encouraging evidence that the Lord is moving among Iranians and Afghans has been provided by Iran30.org, which says that, during the early part of 2015, more than 220 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in two cities in the Iran region.
April 01, 2015  

10 Ways We Get in the Way of God Building His Church

Scriptures clearly remind us that God is building his church. But the reality of church can seem so contradictory to this truth. When things don’t go well at church, is it possible that we are getting in God’s way?
March 31, 2015   Will Mancini

Hollywood crisis manager cautions about ‘celebrity pastors’

Christian leaders and pastors are stumbling over moral failure, financial misuse, and denying Christian orthodoxy today as much from “the celebrity status we give them” as from their own sinfulness, says Hunter Frederick, who runs a crisis management firm in Los Angeles.
March 30, 2015   Ronald Keener

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