“Breathtaking": The court’s decision—and God’s intentions for marriage

.

Bummed by the outcome Friday of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality (why should I have been surprised?), I found some solace in Albert Mohler’s blog when he wrote: “Those who cannot accept this redefinition of marriage as a...

BLOGS & VIDEOS


Two mentalities that leave a church ineffective

Sometimes churches can drift into ineffectiveness. Kevin Holland identifies two mentalities that have a way of infiltrating churches that have the potential of robbing them from being effective and fruitful, the way God intends the church to be. Have you seen these at work in a church you know of? ...
June 26, 2015  

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 2: The role of prayer)

According to former missionary and retired Princeton Seminary professor Sam Moffett, the secular culture sees prayer as an escape from the world or as a Christian cop out. Revolutions make headlines; prayer does not. However, from his study of Christian spiritual awakenings beginning in Acts 1:13, Gordon-Conwell professor Richard Lovelace ...
June 23, 2015   Jim Farrer

Replacing good intentions with true passion

Too often, churches and leaders say that they want to reach people for Christ but lack the passion to see it become a reality. Learning from the men in Mark 2 that lowered their friend through a roof to get him to Jesus, Craig Groeschel offers keys to igniting passion ...
June 19, 2015  

How young people can uniquely serve God in their church

“Well that went over like a lead balloon didn’t it?” jokes Ben Merold after sharing some words of wisdom for young people in the church. Despite how it may sound, Ben Merold doesn’t back down from sharing a challenge to young people eager to be used by God. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in ...
June 12, 2015  

Campolo moves left on SSM, but not to the right side of history

“Oh, no,” I shrieked. “Not Tony too.” Tony Campolo came out in favor of gay marriage? Sure enough, just before the Supreme Court rules on the matter for the nation. And not long after I bought his book (written with Shane Claiborne), Red Letter Revolution, which now may move to ...
June 11, 2015   Ronald Keener

Church turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 1)

In years past many congregations relied on two methods of growth that--even though they worked--were essentially inwardly focused. 1. Sex … or more accurately biological replacement In this process we hope our children will grow up, marry, have children and remain in our community, our congregation and our pew. Today ...
June 08, 2015   Jim Farrer

Is it failure if no one responds to your gospel invitation?

Sharing from her own experience in giving people the opportunity to respond to the gospel, Liz Curtis Higgs reminds us of the difference between our role and God’s role in evangelism. Are you trusting God with the results or taking on more of a burden than you're supposed to? (Excerpted ...
June 05, 2015  

Why failure is a necessity

Do you miss God when you fail? Does playing it safe actually pay off in the long run? Sharing from personal experience as a leader and as the pastor of LifeChurch.TV, Craig Groeschel unpacks the truths and lies about failure as a leader in the church. Without failing, you might be ...
June 05, 2015  

The “Fitness Church”: How’s your club, eh, church coming?

When living in Arizona, one of the churches we attended for five years had some 7,000 attenders. It had all the bells and whistles of community churches you see today for a crowd that large. And it wasn’t Christianity-lite either. They worked hard at spiritual formation. They developed a large ...
June 05, 2015   Ronald Keener

8 Things pastors do when their churches are in a slump

The meaning of “slump” is more evident in sports. For example, when a baseball player enters a summer slump, we surmise that he is not hitting as well as he was earlier in the spring. However, for churches, there is no clear-cut definition. Indeed, some leaders wonder if it is ...
June 04, 2015   Thom Rainer
See More »

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.