10 Ways We Get in the Way of God Building His Church

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Scriptures clearly remind us that God is building his church. But the reality of church can seem so contradictory to this truth. When things don’t go well at church, is it possible that we are getting in God’s way?

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10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Seven habits of outwardly-focused churches

It was not a dramatic moment in time, but subtle—almost subtle to be noticed. The trend became evident first in mainline churches, with evangelicals following a few years later. The slow erosion became glaringly apparent after several years. The change of which I speak is the movement away from outwardly-focused ...
March 26, 2015   Thom Rainer

My friend ‘Gabe’ on Mennonites, Gays, and other pressing issues

As three major mainline Protestant denominations prepare to tackle the issue of gays and lesbians in church life at conventions this summer, one of the country's smallest and more evangelical religious bodies--the Mennonites--also finds itself confronting internal dissension over the issue as a historic merger looms next year.
March 20, 2015   Ronald Keener

4 young takeaways for old churches and vice versa

We can all learn from each other, that’s the stuff of real learning, you listen to someone else. What if we gathered leaders from very young churches and rather old ones in the same room—maybe over a nice cup of tea or a Grande, Iced, Sugar-Free, Vanilla Latte With Soy ...
March 20, 2015   Doug Lawrence

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  

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  

3 things your congregation is doing while you think they’re worshipping

It shouldn't come as a surprise that most people in our congregations are multitaskers, even when they are at church services. This could mean that for all our well intentioned plans for inspiring, transforming, and enlivening people's spiritual lives, we might only be advancing a vain hope.   Here are 3 ...
March 06, 2015   Doug Lawrence

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  

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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.