Parnell Lovelace on successful ministry succession

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Pastor Parnell Lovelace, Jr. teaches the necessity of succession planning, relaying his story of passing the baton to a younger pastor in his own 3,600-member Center of Praise church in Sacramento, Calif.

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Mark DeYmaz: Community transformation begins with reflecting the community

Mark describes how his model goes beyond the rhetoric of "taking this town for Jesus" to actually doing it. "It's a scalable model for any church of any size to not only work toward turnaround in their church, but turnaround in their community."
December 15, 2014  

3 absolutes of dressing for upfront leadership

For the last couple of months I’ve had the honor of serving the “upfront” leadership at the Church of the Resurrection (COR) in Leawood, Kansas, led by Pastor Adam Hamilton What a fabulous group of people!. Here is my parting advice for them.
December 10, 2014   Doug Lawrence

5 ways to help people remember what you say

Any leader knows that it is disheartening to prepare a good talk only to realize that nobody can remember what you said the following week. There are speakers who know how to get retention in their audiences, and our goal is to be one of those people!
December 09, 2014   Doug Lawrence

Eleven of the most common mistakes churches make

On my travels this year I visited a pastor in Arkansas who reads my blogs faithfully. He expressed gratitude for all the free content, but followed up with a kind plea: could I write some posts that summarize some of the issues I have covered in multiple articles? When I ...
December 04, 2014   Thom Rainer

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 1): The urgency issue

I’ve been asked to chair my church’s leadership team (board) for two years beginning in January. I’m a troublemaker and they know it. Trouble in terms of change and transformation. One who is tired of maintenance and not mission in churches, surviving not thriving, declining and plateauing. It’s been on ...
December 03, 2014   Ronald Keener

How Beacon Hill Baptist Church adjusted to its community, and thrived

Lizette Beard of LifeWay Research tells the story of a church in the Transformational Churches research that made simple changes and connected better with its community and its mission. (From the ChurchCentral.com Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
December 01, 2014  

The biggest obstacle to church growth

Dann Spader and Don Matthews discuss common multiplication issues inherent in church clusters and networks. "The biggest problem is in leadership," says Don. "It wasn't that the pastor didn't love the church, didn't have a heart for God, or didn't have the abilities to pastor the church, but one thing ...
November 21, 2014  

7 Occasions when you should not hire more church staff

Earlier this year I received a Twitter request to provide guidelines for hiring additional church staff. Not too long ago, you could add staff according to a clear formula. Typically, that meant one full-time minister for every 100 to 200 in worship attendance. Unfortunately, it is no longer best to ...
November 20, 2014   Thom Rainer

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible

Push aside fear and discouragement with this new Evangelism Study Bible
November 19, 2014   Ronald Keener

A pastor puts lessons from 'church turnaround bootcamp' to work

Rev. Esther Cottrell of Ohio Ministries Church of God describes how one pastor in her judicatory went through a week-long training, took the leadership concepts back to his struggling church, and saw quick increases in baptisms and attendance. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
November 17, 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.