Millennials and the demise of print

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As the president of an organization that has huge investments in both print and digital assets, I watch the trends related to the two closely. Current discussions focus on a few basic issues. Digital communication is pervasive and growing.

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What's in a cover?

It’s been several years since I read a panel discussion with New York literary agents in Writers Digest, but the figures they listed are still relevant. One described a million books hitting the U.S. market annually, with three-fourths of them self-published. Although print-on-demand and other technology make it much more ...
March 11, 2015   Ken Walker

Ten fears of church leaders

I have not hidden my love for pastors and other church leaders. I have said and written on many occasions that they often have a very difficult work. I recently told a large gathering of seminary students to consider seriously their calling, because no one should enter the ministry unless ...
February 12, 2015   Thom Rainer

Key statistics from Ed Stetzer's book Transformational Groups

Ed talks through the most important statistics and concepts on moving church members from the pews into small groups. (Excerpted from his session at the ChurchCentral.com Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
February 04, 2015  

Ten areas where pastors need training for the 21st century

Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths, as well as theology. Indeed, you shouldn’t forsake any of the classical disciplines. Nor any of the practical disciplines, such as missions, evangelism, or church planting. Still, American culture has shifted dramatically in a relatively short period ...
January 15, 2015   Thom Rainer

Ten dangers of denial in a declining church

When it comes to churches, the word “declining” can have different connotations. We often think of numerical decline, but the meaning is much broader. It can mean declining influence in the community, decline in effective preaching, or decline in evangelistic impact. The list could continue. Still, most of the time ...
December 30, 2014   Thom Rainer

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  

9 Ways a pastor can lead a church to become more evangelistic

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 ...
November 06, 2014   Thom Rainer

Stop Failing to Plan – Start a Content Strategy

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

Ed Stetzer: What is the purpose of a small group?

"All three of these things should be the function of a small group, but most groups will have one that stands out as a more significant factor and they have to be reminded of the other two." (From ChurchCentral.com's Turnaround 20/20 conference in 2013.)
October 24, 2014  

7 Habits of joyful pastors

I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take long to assemble the names by the specific traits I sought. Simply said, I wanted to find out whose names I would include in looking for pastors who are joyful. The list ...
October 09, 2014   Thom Rainer

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