10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

The power of a common vision

Aubrey Malphurs defines a church's vision as "a clear, common, compelling picture of God's future for this church as you believe it can be and must be." (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training)
March 27, 2015  

Joni Eareckson Tada: Do not lose heart!

"I want you to join me in desperately needing Jesus," says Joni at the North American Christian Convention. "Join me in fixing your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is only temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
March 27, 2015  

Seven habits of outwardly-focused churches

It was not a dramatic moment in time, but subtle—almost subtle to be noticed. The trend became evident first in mainline churches, with evangelicals following a few years later. The slow erosion became glaringly apparent after several years. The change of which I speak is the movement away from outwardly-focused ...
March 26, 2015   Thom Rainer

Restoring the fallen

Rumors were flying about a friend of mine. Even though married with children, my friend seemed to be spending an inordinate amount of time with a college-age girl. She had some personal issues and he evidently wanted to help her.  However, she was also fairly attractive. The time he spent talking ...
March 24, 2015   Bob Russell

Lyle E. Schaller (1923-2015): Intellectual Pillar of Leadership Network

This remembrance is written by Warren Bird of Leadership Network, who in 2012 edited a book on Schaller’s collective wisdom.
March 23, 2015   Ronald Keener

My friend ‘Gabe’ on Mennonites, Gays, and other pressing issues

As three major mainline Protestant denominations prepare to tackle the issue of gays and lesbians in church life at conventions this summer, one of the country's smallest and more evangelical religious bodies--the Mennonites--also finds itself confronting internal dissension over the issue as a historic merger looms next year.
March 20, 2015   Ronald Keener

4 young takeaways for old churches and vice versa

We can all learn from each other, that’s the stuff of real learning, you listen to someone else. What if we gathered leaders from very young churches and rather old ones in the same room—maybe over a nice cup of tea or a Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte With Soy ...
March 20, 2015   Doug Lawrence

An impossible turnaround situation - Part 4 (conclusion)

"At the 14-year mark, our church began to grow slightly," says Don Ross as he concludes the amazing story of his church's turnaround. "There was one point where I had to make a courageous decision that was probably the most defining moment of everything. I could point to that one ...
March 16, 2015  

Church budgeting 101

Most everything in a budget will go in one of four categories. Aubrey Malphurs also explains how to clean up a budget. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training)
March 16, 2015  

Millennials and the demise of print

As the president of an organization that has huge investments in both print and digital assets, I watch the trends related to the two closely. Current discussions focus on a few basic issues. Digital communication is pervasive and growing. Any metric will affirm that reality. Print as a form of ...
March 12, 2015   Thom Rainer

You tell me

As a leader, we often have individuals present us with problems to resolve or roadblocks to remove. We may be tempted to offer ideas immediately, but there is a better approach which can elevate engagement and drive increased commitment to our organization's mission.
March 12, 2015   Kent Evans

What's in a cover?

It’s been several years since I read a panel discussion with New York literary agents in Writers Digest, but the figures they listed are still relevant. One described a million books hitting the U.S. market annually, with three-fourths of them self-published. Although print-on-demand and other technology make it much more ...
March 11, 2015   Ken Walker

New book on The Crusades: Whether playing defense or offense matters (Part 2)

In Steve Weidenkopf’s new book, The Glory of the Crusades (Catholic Answers, 2014), he says, making a distinction between defensive and offensive military campaigns is important in understanding the Middle East today.
March 10, 2015   Ronald Keener

Determining the ultimate size of a church - Aubrey Malphurs

When a church starts to grow, one major limiting factor must be addressed. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training)
March 10, 2015  

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