The small church in America


While megachurches seem to get the lion’s share of attention today, this has been the case for several decades. Management consultant Peter Drucker told Forbes magazine in 1998 that the rise of the megachurch was “… the most important social...


Why limited resources are not an excuse

Have you ever found yourself making excuses as to why your church can’t grow or be effective? As Craig Groeschel explains, having limited resources is actually an essential part of exponential innovation. Discover how to leverage limited resources to further your church’s mission. (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
May 25, 2015   Chris Anderson

15 tag lines to make your sermons more memorable

I was Skyping with a young preacher last week who wanted hints for making his sermons more memorable. I’m pretty sure that’s what every preacher wants.    Here is what the best of the best communicators use—TAG LINES!   A quick Wikipedia check says this about “tag lines.”   “The idea ...
May 21, 2015   Doug Lawrence

The wrong & right priorities behind church growth

What is the motivation and reason behind church growth? Pastor Rick Warren offers a challenging and blatant response to the misconception that it’s ok for churches to stop growing. Recapture the truth that the church isn’t meant to stay stuck, but rather is meant to live out the vision of the ...
May 18, 2015  

Reclaiming creativity in the church

"The church used to lead the way in influencing culture. Now the world is shocked whenever the church does something creative,” says Craig Groeschel addressing a room full of pastors. As a leader in church innovation, Craig offers valuable perspective on how this happened and the importance of restoring creativity ...
May 18, 2015   Chris Anderson

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 6): Live and learn the hard way

Thom Rainer nailed it when his blog this morning (May 15) itemized the five most common mistakes church leaders make when leading change. In fact, I made every one of the five mistakes—and just in this past four months. Let’s talk about each of them and what I did wrong ...
May 18, 2015   Ronald Keener

5 Biblical Principles for Personal Visioning

Five principles for dreaming God-sized dreams, each taken from the life of a biblical character.
May 13, 2015   Will Mancini

Hope for the Christian church

With negative news reports outnumbering the good ones about the church, some Christians may believe the most relevant book in the Bible today is Lamentations. Without question, some of the statistics are truly alarming. Since 1965, membership in most mainline denominations has declined. Recently researcher Ed Stetzer compiled statistics from ...
May 12, 2015   Jim Farrer

How megachurches can uniquely advance the gospel

Speaking to a room full of pastors and church leaders at the NACC, Ben Merold both encourages and challenges leaders of megachurches with the crucial role they can play in helping the body of Christ and the advancement of the Gospel.  (Excerpted from the NACC conference in 2014.)
May 12, 2015  

A church of the city

Jesus’ Great Commission demands a deliberate response from those who take the call to reach the people of the city seriously. Cities across America are experiencing a great resurgence and redevelopment of their urban spaces. Sacramento, California, provides a prime example of continuous urban evolution. Over the past decade, more ...
May 11, 2015   Parnell Lovelace, Jr.

7 Traits of pastors who lead breakout churches

If you want to experience an “aha” moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. Indeed, I have been among the purveyors of this kind of negative news. For sure, the ...
May 07, 2015   Thom Rainer
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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.