The influence of a pastor in a local congregation is powerful. Like a parent who can influence—but not ultimately determine—the path of his or her child, so in some ways is the pastor with the congregation. Earlier this year I had a conversation with Tony Merida, lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C.
Churches, almost regardless of size, can inadvertently opportunistically take advantage of their audience through minimally prepared communications aimed at the most urgent needs. Even a small modicum of strategic planning would aid considerably in aligning the mission of the church with the opportunities in their communities.
October 29, 2014 Anthony Coppedge
The pattern is conspicuous. Churches that operate in an isolated and insular fashion are not as healthy as churches that regularly seek outside perspectives. Of course, there will always be exceptions. But, as a rule, those churches whose leaders and members are involved solely in their own ministries tend to ...
September 25, 2014 Thom Rainer
"The small group phenomenon has failed to produce the breakthrough that many intended and hoped for." For pastors who want to break from this trend, Ed Stetzer explains how to train leaders, launch new groups and "feed the people." (From ChurchCentral.com's Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
September 11, 2014
As a longtime pastor and business leader, I must confess the truth. I used to hate meetings. In fact, I verbally expressed my feelings about meetings being a waste of time. During most meetings I attended, I daydreamed about a dozen other ways I could be spending my time more ...
August 28, 2014 Thom Rainer
"Stop saying that the church is dying," Ed exhorts the audience of church leaders and consultants at the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference. "First of all, it's really bad theology, but more than that, it's really bad statistics." Ed presents surprising numbers that tell the real story of the modern ...
August 11, 2014
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