The fastest ways to get up-to-speed on church turnarounds


It is generally recognized that upwards of 70 percent of congregations in America are plateaued or declining in membership. One could also state that every congregation over a span of years will enter periods of stagnation.


Nine traits of church bullies

First of two parts Church bullies are common in many congregations. Wreaking havoc, stirring up trouble and creating dissension, bullies typically must have an “enemy.” They aren’t happy unless they are fighting a battle. Typically, they tend to maneuver to get an official leadership position in the church, such as ...
November 05, 2015   Thom Rainer

Is your church a Volkswagen just waiting to happen?

The Volkswagen Car Company has been faced with the worst possible crisis that a major corporation can experience—a lack of credibility. You can’t recall millions of  cars without suggesting to your clients that you don’t know what you’re doing, or worse yet, that you are deceiving them. Volkswagen’s problem isn’t ...
October 09, 2015   Doug Lawrence

7 things to consider if your spouse is not supportive of your ministry

In recent months, I had two conversations where persons serving on a church staff were struggling with their spouses’ lack of support. One was a pastor whose wife felt worn out from the constant stream of criticisms directed at her husband and her family. She was pushing her husband to ...
September 24, 2015   Thom Rainer

"Seduced”: To Kids on the Internet, Winning is Everything Playing Grand Theft Auto (Part 2)

“Our society expects young people to navigate back and forth between real life reality where we expect decision making with standards and consequences – and a fantasy world of gaming where there are few morals and no real live consequences for their actions.”  [page 115] That one paragraph sums up ...
July 07, 2015   Ronald Keener

Top 10 attitudes of healthy, long-term pastors

In my last blog in this space, I shared the leading habits of pastors who enjoy long-term tenure and mostly joyous ministries at the same church. Another key insight I learned from these pastors is how they think. My previous article dealt mostly with their actions. This post refers to ...
June 30, 2015   Thom Rainer

Key shifts to better engaging your community

How does the church stay relevant in meeting the needs of their communities? In an effort to best serve the people in your community, you may find that you have to change your approach. A panel of church leaders discuss some of the key shifts they discovered along the way. ...
June 19, 2015  

Ten traits of pastors who have healthy, long-term tenures

Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for 10 or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations through increased stability. Presently, the median tenure of the average pastor at a church is around four years. Simply stated, ...
June 18, 2015   Thom Rainer

The small church in America

While megachurches seem to get the lion’s share of attention today, this has been the case for several decades. Management consultant Peter Drucker told Forbes magazine in 1998 that the rise of the megachurch was “… the most important social phenomenon in American society in the last 30 years.” Defined ...
May 26, 2015   Jim Farrer

5 Incredible steps to closing the back door in your congregation

If you want to close the back door in your church, read these five incredible steps. By “closing the back door,” I am referring to assimilating newcomers and keeping those who have become a part of the church involved. The sad reality is that many churches have less than one-half ...
May 21, 2015   Thom Rainer

7 Traits of pastors who lead breakout churches

If you want to experience an “aha” moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. Indeed, I have been among the purveyors of this kind of negative news. For sure, the ...
May 07, 2015   Thom Rainer
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