As a committed follower of Jesus, I've gone to church literally my whole life. My parents took me when I was a kid. I wanted to go as an adult. And in another sense, I'd better go now. After all, I am a pastor. Most believers understand that church attendance does ...
September 27, 2015
Ten quirky realities about church mission statements that illuminate how they backfire. Which one is most applicable to your current situation?
September 23, 2015
Change leaders define and implement healthy change. In some cases, this may be incremental in a few key areas. In others, it involves the kind of radical and comprehensive changes that are necessary to revitalize and turn around a “stuck” church. In both cases, the outcome can be not only ...
September 22, 2015
Despite persecution, Iran has one of the fastest growing churches in the world. Church Central talked to Elam Ministries, whose mission is to help expand the church in the Iran region, to learn about what is happening in Iran.
September 17, 2015
thankyouverymuch... As a singer, as a worship leader, as a member of my community, I’ve been a performer for most of my adult life. I don’t in any way apologize for it. I treasure the fact that what I have often done for a living has enriched the lives ...
September 11, 2015
I drove into the parking lot of the church last Sunday night. The crowds that were present for the morning church services were nowhere to be seen.. There were no crossing guards or children’s church workers standing enthusiastically in the foyer prepared to direct small ones to a classroom for ...
September 10, 2015
Parnell Lovelace, Jr.
Death and taxes may be the only sure things in life. However, there is a third if you are a pastor: resistance. When you introduce change into your church, you will run into resistance. A moment's reflection reveals why. Change asks for something everyone resists - change! Change means a ...
September 09, 2015
Jim Barber discusses important questions to ask when approaching a transition in church governance. Discover what obstacles you may face depending on your church's background. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
September 04, 2015
Various surveys show that only 1 to 3.5 percent of congregations are effectively reaching “unchurched” people. Since more and more secular people have little or no Christian background, they are increasingly uncomfortable walking through a church’s front door into a worship service. The Role of New Doors Whereas megachurches have ...
September 01, 2015
It’s not an easy road, but once you spend time on it, it’s hard to go back to however you handled problems in the past. The “high road” is the one that shows you’re strong enough not to be buried by circumstance and dispute. A belief in early Scotland ...
August 31, 2015