Ed Stetzer: The real state of the church


"Stop saying that the church is dying," Ed exhorts the audience of church leaders and consultants at the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.


Jesus will do something about the sin in your (HIS) church

"Now will be the time you come clean," said Matt Proctor in this session at the North American Christian Convention. "Never - ever, ever, ever - underestimate Jesus."
July 28, 2014  

There is nothing hip about Facebook any more... how about your church?

We want your kids! Every church says it, but few accomplish it. What’s the problem. Why can't churches catch up with the changing culture? Why are millennials leaving the church faster than leaders can figure out how to keep them?
July 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

'Sometimes churches just need to die'

"I know that's a controversial statement," says Stephen Gray at Turnaround 20/20. "We don't like to think in those terms. But between 30,000 and 40,000 churches over the last decade have closed their doors for good."
July 22, 2014  

8 Areas where many ministers aren't prepared for ministry

My email inbox is full of tragic examples of ministers who entered into vocational ministry with hope and healthy idealism. They had prepared well in the study of the Bible, theology, Church history, and other classical disciplines. They were bright, eager and—with God’s power—ready to change the world. And they ...
July 17, 2014   Thom Rainer

Cure For the Common Church Book Review

Cure for the Common Church: God’s Plan to Restore Church Health. Bob Whitesel. Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2012. 175 pages. Operating off the premise that the common church is sick and in need of healing, Professor Bob Whitesel offers practical advice for restoring church health in Cure for the Common ...
July 15, 2014   Phil Wood

When momentum is dangerous

Pastor Aaron Brockett examines Jesus' criticism of the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2. "This was a great church that had done nothing overtly wrong. They were just coasting on momentum." (Courtesy of NACC.)
July 15, 2014  

A dying church gets 20,000 attendees at its own funeral

"No longer does the organ play," says Stephen Gray during his talk at Church Central Turnaround 20/20. "Children aren't heard running through the hallways. The pulpit is empty. And yet the ministry of this church has just begun."
July 08, 2014  

Welcome to “No Church” – 4 Steps To Reversing Your Negative Church Messaging

Almost without exception, churches somewhere utilize negative messaging for very practical reasons. After all, someone parking in the wrong spot can create havoc. So it’s quite natural to put up a sign that says, “No Parking Along Curb.”
July 01, 2014   Will Mancini

The #1 reason for decline in church attendance

Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing. Most of us have ideas about this development. Many suggest that our nation is shifting away from its Christian roots. Thus, ...
July 01, 2014   Thom Rainer

Solving the issue of alignment in regional church networks

Dann Spader discusses how he coaches large churches and regional networks to become more unified. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
June 28, 2014  

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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.