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Prayer Meeting Protocol

In the days when the church schedule offered the weekly trifecta of Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and mid-week prayer, a guilt-ridden saying was floating around that went something like this:  “People that love the church attend Sunday morning; People that love the pastor attend Sunday evening; But people that love ...
May 06, 2015   Phil Wood

Leading a Generous Church Book Review

Your church can grow generous disciples without chasing money.
May 05, 2015   David Bowman

Keeping pace with culture or God's commands?

Earlier this year my wife and I were visiting my son, Rusty, and his family in Port Charlotte, Florida. One day Rusty test-drove a foreign-made car and wound up frustrated because he couldn’t figure out how to change the speedometer reading from kilometers to miles. That evening he suggested we take ...
May 05, 2015   Bob Russell

Death comes to us all, but this week was an unkind reminder

Death of one kind or another filled the week (April 20-25) for me. It began with the 900 refugees escaping Libya and trying to reach Italy, and a new life, who perished in the Mediterranean Sea—with probably more to come also trying to find a better existence. “Death is nothing, ...
May 04, 2015   Ronald Keener

4 ways you get to stay on the bus, yes, THAT bus

One of the weakest, most cynical, and most brutally clear modern day church metaphors for staff structure is “The Bus.” Many people reading this will have been kicked off (the bus). Many will be trying to figure out who they should kick off (the bus). Others will be clinging tightly ...
May 02, 2015   Doug Lawrence

The struggles facing congregations today

The numbers of attendees or members are pleateaued or declining for approximately 80 percent of long-established Protestant congregations, according to research compiled by Aubrey Malphurs and Gordon E. Penfold in Re:Vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church. First reported in the early 1980s, this statistic has remained constant since that ...
April 28, 2015   Jim Farrer

More on Billy Graham That You Probably Did Not Know

Trivia question on Billy Graham: What was Billy’s major at Wheaton College? If you thought it was religion or theology, you’d be wrong.
April 28, 2015   Ronald Keener

The Top Ten Ways Pastors Spend Time that Doesn't Make Disciples

Ten things that get in the way of our churches making disciples.
April 28, 2015   Will Mancini

Changing to Connect

An extraordinary trend is emerging within many urban cities and communities: churches are being planted in the urban centers of large cities in America.
April 27, 2015   Parnell Lovelace, Jr.

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

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

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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VIDEOS


Why some pastors are the worst communicators

As John Ewart explains "Pastors are sometimes the world's worst communicators! Isn't that ironic?" Discover one of the most common reasons for poor communication and an easy way to make sure your message is being understood.  (From a session at the Society for Church Consulting's training in 2014.) 
May 04, 2015  

Even better than larger church numbers

“While I am numbers conscious, I have set a limitation on myself…” Find out what Ben Merold has learned from years of serving as a pastor about how to approach numbers and success. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.) 
May 04, 2015  

How your church can break through

Like the predicament that Joshua faced in motivating Israel to conquer the entire Promised Land, it is hard to keep a church motivated. Churches can far too easily stop short of fulfilling all of God's purposes for them, but that doesn't have to be the case. Ben Merold shares how your church ...
April 27, 2015  

Rick Warren: If you’re discouraged or ready to throw in the towel

God has a lot to say about His Kingdom reaching the entire world. As Pastor Rick Warren states in this video message to church pastors at NACC, “I don’t know if you are discouraged or ready to throw in the towel, but if you want to be on the winning side of ...
April 27, 2015  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

An impossible turnaround situation - Part 3

"I've coached about 80 pastors in turnaround situations over the last four years. None of them saw traction toward their turnaround until they finally dealt with a third issue." Pastor, consultant and author Don Ross continues the story of his own church and discusses this third critical issue in turnaround. ...
March 10, 2015  

What Aubrey Malphurs looks for when he visits a church

Early in his preaching career, he realized that many churches are blind to the message their facility sends to the community. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
March 01, 2015  

An impossible turnaround situation - Part 2

"As my wife can confirm," says Pastor Don Ross, "this was an incredibly painful season in my life with no quick fixes, but several quick disasters." A new culture was needed if Don's church was to survive. As his dramatic story continues, here are the first steps he took. (From ...
March 01, 2015  

An impossible turnaround situation - Part 1

"I was being called to bring this church into a new day, and I didn't have a clue what to do." Pastor Don Ross sets the stage for a turnaround situation that seemed impossible. "I joined the leper colony (disguised as a church) when there were 350 people left of ...
February 23, 2015  

The power of job descriptions and evaluations

One of the benefits of a job description is it allows for more effective performance appraisals. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
February 23, 2015  
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