With Spring Comes a Time for New Birth: The Consulting Process (Part 2)

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Part 1 of our trilogy on church consulting and consultants referenced the Robin redbreast outside my office window as a metaphor for the consultant trained to bring to congregations a newness of mission and ministry. Part 2 continues my interview with Jim Barber, a church consultant and executive director of the Society for Church Consulting.

BLOGS & VIDEOS


6 Reasons Why Most Church Strategic Planning is a Waste of Time

Most church strategic planning is a waste of time no matter what you call it or why the church started the planning to begin with. Have you ever personally experienced a time-waster planning retreat?
April 14, 2015   Will Mancini

The top two metrics that determine whether a church can grow

"A church of 2,000 is not just a bigger version of a church with 50 people - it's a totally different animal." (Gary McIntosh teaching at the Society for Church Consulting's training in 2014.)
April 13, 2015   Tom Harper

With Spring Comes a Time for New Birth: The Consulting Process (Part 1)

Outside my office window, probably no more than two feet from my nose, a Robin redbreast is building a new nest in a bush where last year’s nest was.
April 10, 2015   Ronald Keener

3 thoughts about getting over time

It has been said that “Over time, you get over time.”    A life in ministry is just like any other. When you are young you have nothing but time, middle-aged, you never have enough, and when you are old, time is precious and then finally runs out.   You ...
April 08, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Hundreds of Iranian and Afghan Christians baptized

Encouraging evidence that the Lord is moving among Iranians and Afghans has been provided by Iran30.org, which says that, during the early part of 2015, more than 220 Iranians and Afghans were baptized in two cities in the Iran region.
April 01, 2015  

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

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?
March 31, 2015   Will Mancini

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

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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.