'Sometimes churches just need to die'

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"I know that's a controversial statement," says Stephen Gray at Turnaround 20/20. "We don't like to think in those terms.

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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

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 15, 2014   Thom Rainer

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  

The Transition Trap

When we are taking the helm in a transition of leadership - whether leading a church, running a business or supervising a volunteer committee - we do well to not get caught in a common trap.
June 26, 2014   Kent Evans

Jesus' opinion of today's church

Revelation 2-3 is a treatise on the messy, imperfect bride of Christ. "No church escapes the observing eye of Jesus Christ," said Aaron Brockett at NACC.
June 20, 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.