The Top 5 Things Growing Churches Do


I realize that there are myriads of models, programs, and books for church growth. As a former church planter, current planting catalyst and pastor of a revitalized church, here are the top 5 observations that growing disciple-making churches have in common. Listening to the Holy Spirit The early church intensely listened to the Holy Spirit.


How going to church benefits brain and body

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   charles stone

10 ways church mission statements backfire

Ten quirky realities about church mission statements that illuminate how they backfire. Which one is most applicable to your current situation?
September 23, 2015   Will Mancini

Growth introduces opportunities and barriers: fifth of five parts

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   Jim Barber

Iranian church sees rapid growth

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  

Applause, applause...

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   Doug Lawrence

Bring back Sunday night church!

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.

Resolve resistance with empathy and understanding

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   Bud Brown

Find the starting point in order to make changes

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  

Church Turnarounds: Fruitful methods: (Part 7: The Role of New Doors and Creativity)

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   Jim Farrer

5 ways to take the high road in leadership

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   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.