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If I could do my ministry over againIn late February I addressed more than 60 megachurch pastors at a meeting in San Diego. The organizers asked me to look back over my 40-year ministry at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. And, discuss what I'd do differently and …
Beyond Best SellersWhen I interviewed Steve Willis four years ago about filming of the final episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, I had no idea the visit would lead to a book.Until he later reminded me of it, I had forgotten an off-handed remark I made that day …
In the old days we used to say that parking was difficult and that's why folks didn't come to church on time. That may have been naive! There are lots of reasons people choose to be late, and—just maybe—we should know what they are. 1 …
Shane Stanford and R. Brad Martin have written a helpful book in Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants. Stanford and Martin use the story of David and Goliath (one of my favorites) to talk about the challenges of life and how to move forward. (Note: I …
What if there was a simple way of thinking about your day today, that could radically transform it? The term "future perfect paradigm" originates from the work of Stanley Davis in the eighties. He used the term as a framework in strategic planning …
Many years ago I served as the pastor of a church where I avidly supported door-to-door outreach. As you might imagine, I struggled with leading people to be involved in the ministry. We kept decent records, so I got the old "outreach cards" for the …
Seven reasons why prayer may not be answeredI get a little impatient with super-spiritual saints who leave the impression that they have a deeper grasp of prayer than most. Such folks teach that if other believers just understood God's Word better—or had more faith in prayer—God …
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 …
We all have motivations that get us out of bed in the morning. And, we all have a wide array of forces that impact our sense of identity as it relates to work. I have found it helpful to identify these and to explore their interrelationship. In …
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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 …
 
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)
 

 
Ideas for reaching your community

Aubrey Malphurs lists several ways your church members can reach the community. (via the Society for Church Consulting)
 

 
A panicked Christian speaker encouraged by Einstein

George Hunter tells the story of Bill Alexander, a renowned Christian speaker who froze on stage before receiving an evangelistic message from God.

 
You have spiritual responsibility for the people in your community
A church's "community" is defined as its geographic sphere of spiritual impact. "Do you realize," says Aubrey Malphurs, "that the folks that live around your church are not there by accident?" (From the Society for …
 
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