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
The numbers of attendees or members are pleateaued or declining for approximately 80 percent of long-established Protestant congregations, according to research compiled by Aubrey Malphurs and Gordon E. Penfold in Re:Vision: The Key to Transforming Your Church. First reported in the early 1980s, this statistic has remained constant since that ...
April 28, 2015
The Schaeffer Institute recently reported that more than 1,700 ministers leave the ministry every month. Fifty percent of those who remain feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but they have no other way to make a living. That’s why once a month I conduct ...
April 21, 2015
Part 1 of our trilogy on church consulting and consultants referenced the Robin redbreast outside my office window as a metaphor for the consultant trained to bring to congregations a newness of mission and ministry. Part 2 continues my interview with Jim Barber, a church consultant and executive director of ...
April 15, 2015
In a blog posted on Church Central in March, Thom Rainer wrote about the significant shift in digital media and how young adults under 34 have no loyalty or preference for print media. Now, I wouldn’t presume to second-guess the president of LifeWay Christian Resources. After all, he closely follows ...
April 15, 2015
Outside my office window, probably no more than two feet from my nose, a Robin redbreast is building a new nest in a bush where last year’s nest was.
April 10, 2015
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. Any metric will affirm that reality. Print as a form of ...
March 12, 2015
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
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
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