The biggest obstacle to church growth

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Dann Spader and Don Matthews discuss common multiplication issues inherent in church clusters and networks. "The biggest problem is in leadership," says Don.

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7 Occasions when you should not hire more church staff

Earlier this year I received a Twitter request to provide guidelines for hiring additional church staff. Not too long ago, you could add staff according to a clear formula. Typically, that meant one full-time minister for every 100 to 200 in worship attendance. Unfortunately, it is no longer best to ...
November 20, 2014   Thom Rainer

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible
November 19, 2014   Ronald Keener

A pastor puts lessons from 'church turnaround bootcamp' to work

Rev. Esther Cottrell of Ohio Ministries Church of God describes how one pastor in her judicatory went through a week-long training, took the leadership concepts back to his struggling church, and saw quick increases in baptisms and attendance. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
November 17, 2014  

How “folks like you” can learn to care for those hurting in the community

When I was first given Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives by Robert W. Kellermen (2014, Zonderman) to review, I thought it was just another tedious, scholarly tome (nearly 300 pages) for professionals about psychology and therapy.
November 10, 2014   Ronald Keener

4 cardinal rules of good upfront communication

Talking in front of people is still the number one fear for people according to Psychology Today and it routinely shows up in surveys as being even more frightening than death! What's up with that?
November 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Four strategies for the acquisition of new church members

While there is no way to put a pricetag on a soul, church members have value. Sadly, prophet and profit can be confused, leading to either mismanagement of true wealth or unwise practices that would bankrupt most businesses. In the current environment, we need to be as savvy as serpents ...
November 03, 2014   Phil Wood

5 ways to be truly present with people

Personally? I’ve proved over and over that you can be in the same room with people and be totally detached from them. Most likely, I’m not alone.
October 31, 2014   Doug Lawrence

How to react to the suffering in our churches

"As pastors, we don't explain to them the why behind their suffering, lest we minimize it," says Jon Weece. (From a session at the North American Christian Convention in 2013.)
October 31, 2014  

Stop Failing to Plan – Start a Content Strategy

Churches, almost regardless of size, can inadvertently opportunistically take advantage of their audience through minimally prepared communications aimed at the most urgent needs. Even a small modicum of strategic planning would aid considerably in aligning the mission of the church with the opportunities in their communities.
October 29, 2014   Anthony Coppedge

Fascinating story of a successful Asian American church merger

Quest Church in Seattle went from 40 members to 600 after a merger in which an older pastor humbled himself under the leadership of a dynamic younger pastor. (DJ Chuang at the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference in 2013.)
October 24, 2014  

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Increasing church attendance is about making new disciples of Christ and teaching them. For mega churches and average size congregations, numerical growth and spiritual growth are both important.