Six keys to success after building

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I find great joy in hearing the stories of churches that had successful building programs. By “successful” I do not mean just the church adequately funded and completed the project.

BLOGS & VIDEOS


An impossible turnaround situation - Part 1

"I was being called to bring this church into a new day, and I didn't have a clue what to do." Pastor Don Ross sets the stage for a turnaround situation that seemed impossible. "I joined the leper colony (disguised as a church) when there were 350 people left of ...
February 23, 2015  

“Gabe” reflects on church growth and ‘Darwin Day’

The story, from IRD’s Mark Tooley: Are church vitality and growth a mystery? And is decline inevitable? Recently I was conversing with a United Methodist friend about a church we previously attended. It’s now in difficult financial straits, property has been sold, membership is down, and the minister is leaving ...
February 19, 2015   Ronald Keener

5 assets I really admire in a “rookie” preacher

Last week I visited my former 21 year ministry hood, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church—mentioned in Christianity Today as John Ortberg's church—so, as usual, I expected first class preaching and I wasn’t disappointed, but I was a little surprised.    Twenty-eight year old Abby McHugh was the speaker, and quite impressive! ...
February 19, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Transitions Require Faith

Transitions in church leadership often go awry. Let's look at a healthy and well-managed transition to find applications for how we handle our lay leadership.
February 16, 2015   Kent Evans

Church growth secret: Celebrate the wins, embrace the losses

When it comes to successful pastor mentoring, "It's the old two-steps-forward-one-step-back approach," says Rev. Esther Cottrell. Some church boards ask her if the denomination's coaching works 100%. "Sometimes yes, sometimes no," she says. "It all depends if you follow the program."
February 13, 2015  

Have you considered one-on-one coaching with another pastor?

Rev. Esther Cottrell explains how Ohio Ministries Church of God has found success pairing up pastors with more experienced pastors in a mentoring relationship. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20.)
February 04, 2015  

Key statistics from Ed Stetzer's book Transformational Groups

Ed talks through the most important statistics and concepts on moving church members from the pews into small groups. (Excerpted from his session at the ChurchCentral.com Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
February 04, 2015  

4 reasons I love it when worship comes together…or not

Look, worship is complicated! We have leaders with tons of experience, some with none. We have scheduling that would stagger the Pentagon! We have countless decisions to make, creatively, spiritually, musically, and technically.   When we look at what is expected of us, it’s like the most remarkable team sport ...
January 30, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Stats and a story on the multiethnic church

"The church has a major credibility problem because we preach the love of God for all people from segregated pulpits and pews," says Mark DeYmaz. He tells the story of a minority woman who checked out his own church ... and wasn't pleased with what she saw. (From a session ...
January 29, 2015  

3 ways to take stupid out of your worship

If you believe that worship is a verb but often becomes a perfunctory noun, then you might want to read further. We should probably make some adjustments before we lose sight of why we gather.    My last contribution to ChurchCentral.com spoke to the often conspicuous excesses of “modern-ish" worship. ...
January 24, 2015   Doug Lawrence

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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.