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

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"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...

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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

5 Reasons churches benefit by seeking external help

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

3 actions pastors must take to grow small groups

"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  

7 Habits of highly effective church meetings

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

Asian Americans in the church will double by 2040 (and other stats)

"While Asian Americans are a convenient label, there's a huge amount of diversity, and you don't want to just lump them together. That can actually be very offensive." DJ Chuang gives an overview of Asian American demographics and church trends at Turnaround 20/20.
August 25, 2014  

How Nelson Searcy started his coaching network

Nelson explains how he got into coaching - from his experience at Saddleback Church to planting a congregation in New York City, to building the infrastructure that now encourages nearly 2,000 pastors.
August 25, 2014  

7 Ways to respond to power groups in the church

Second of two parts In my last post, I listed eight types of power groups that exist in many churches today. I also noted that a power group per se is not intrinsically bad, since they come in a variety of types and quality. As promised, I am utilizing this ...
August 14, 2014   Thom Rainer

Ed Stetzer: The real state of the church

"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  

A spiritual myth: "Divorce is just as common in the church as in the world"

Have you ever heard someone cite these statements as fact? 1) "Fifty percent of American marriages end in divorce, or 2) "The divorce rate in the church is just as bad as the divorce rate in the world." I've always had serious doubts about those statistics. They didn't seem consistent ...
July 29, 2014   Bob Russell

There is nothing hip about Facebook any more... how about your church?

We want your kids! Every church says it, but few accomplish it. What’s the problem. Why can't churches catch up with the changing culture? Why are millennials leaving the church faster than leaders can figure out how to keep them?
July 28, 2014   Doug Lawrence

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