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Fame! Pastors aren’t going to live forever--and should act like itI grew up in a congregation of about 1,000 members, at its highest point, and for that denomination it was a "mega" church of its day and faith group. True, that was in the 1970s, light years away from today, its social media, and the publishing …
Review: "Innovation's Dirty Little Secret," why serial innovators succeed where others fail, by Larry Osborne from Zondervan You don't have to be overly observant to realize that churches essentially fall into two camps…those that are growing,…
In your life as an Evangelical, you will probably encounter churches that are called "Something or Other United," and churches that are identified largely with their well-known pastors. Definition: The "personality pastor" (I'm so sorry to have to …
Get the 'vision thing' or your church dies. It's your choiceIncluding the congregation of my youth, my guess is that I have regularly attended or been a member of a dozen churches—in the span of some 55 years. Job moves, changes in cities, and yes, dissatisfaction with a few churches, were behind my …
Break-thru clarity is a simple thing that makes a huge impact in your life. It's a powerful thing that will dramatically change your ministry. Most of our days are filled with the daily stuff. And the daily stuff is always pushing you here and …
Wizened leaders know that leading God's church requires more than the wisdom of the world. There are some things about the Kingdom of God that have no correlation to the expansion of worldly empires. That is not to say that we cannot gain some …
I like young people! Their skin looks like it's still in its original blister pack. They can walk up and down stairs without grabbing the railing. They have GREAT teeth! In the modern church they are particularly revered because they bring the …
If you're a ministry veteran, this chapter will come as no surprise to you. If you are a young leader or pastor, please don't skip this chapter. It will save you a lot of grief and late nights tossing and turning. I'm writing this for the very …
Soft worship? Yes, you've experienced it…heaven knows it's available in a church near you. It intends to be profound and God-honoring…"authentic"…but it ends up being something else entirely. It's perhaps more like a pillow to …
Wouldn't it be great if everything we believe to be true, were true? Most churches have some beliefs that just can't be verified by any standard measures. The wonderful gift of disillusionment which I have discussed before, might help us get a …
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Elmer Towns: The next big church turnaround method

"Life groups are changing today's church." (From Church Central's Turnaround 20/20 summit in 2012)
 

 
John Maxwell launches a prayer meeting

When he was a pastor in San Diego, Maxwell went against the wishes of his board and started a new prayer ministry that helped the church grow. Here's how he did it. (Elmer Towns at Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
How weaknesses help leaders win spiritual battles
Chuck Lawless, Dan Reeves and John Ewart talk about the power of brokenness in fighting Satan in a church turnaround situation. We all have weaknesses that the enemy is very aware of, and when we direct our fear toward God rather than him, we …
 
How I became the county pastor

You think you're busy? Melissa Pratt tells how she adopted the community and became its chaplain.

 
Strategies for becoming multicultural

Blended worship, multigenerational, multilingual. Whatever you do, be fluid, said Jan Paron. "What worked last year may not work this year." (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20)
 

 
Research on spiritual growth in churches

Are most people in churches growing spiritually? The percentages will surprise you. (Aubrey Malphurs leading a training session for the Society for Church Consulting.)
 

 
Revival is at the center of a church turnaround

Elmer Towns says it's easy to sense when God pours his presence on his people. As turnaround starts to happen, people rally around the leader.
 

 
Spiritual warfare issues in church consulting

"If we as consultants don't walk with Christ personally, we can rest assured that we're going to be shot down somehow as we try to help God's church." (Dr. Chuck Lawless)
 

 
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