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  

Fascinating story of a successful Asian American church merger

Quest Church in Seattle went from 40 members to 600 after a merger in which an older pastor humbled himself under the leadership of a dynamic younger pastor. (DJ Chuang at the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference in 2013.)
October 24, 2014  

My story: Becoming a campus pastor, acting like a consultant

When Greg Atkinson started as pastor of a campus launched by a 167 year-old church, he drew on his consulting background and went into observation/assessment mode. Here's what he found, and what he did. (From Turnaround 20/20.)
October 17, 2014  

What God does before he uses us to inspire others

Pastor Frank Smith, Jr. explains the process of preparation before we witness to the world.
October 17, 2014  

'Sometimes churches just need to die'

"I know that's a controversial statement," says Stephen Gray at Turnaround 20/20. "We don't like to think in those terms. But between 30,000 and 40,000 churches over the last decade have closed their doors for good."
July 22, 2014  

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Feeling worn or discouraged? Read Revelation

Matt Proctor explains the real audience and the real purpose of the book of Revelation (and it's not to reveal dates on a calendar). (Courtesy of NACC.)
October 13, 2014  

The DISC personalities that work best together

Whether you're counseling a couple or assessing a team, understanding how the four DISC personalities interact will prevent headaches. D = dominant, I = influencer, S = steady, C = compliant (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
October 13, 2014  

How the new pastor fared at a church founded in 1812

Pastor Steve Cartin tells of arriving at a 212 year-old church. What he found in his "new" ministry was funny, frustrating and frightening. The perfect opportunity soon turned into the perfect storm. (From a panel at Turnaround 20/20.)
October 05, 2014  

Coaching pastors is all about base hits, not home runs

Esther Cottrell of Ohio Ministries Church of God explains how her group coaches pastors to reach for the next base - not for the sky. "Coaching is all about base hits," says Esther. "We need a variety of methods. No one way fits." (From Turnaround 20/20.)
October 05, 2014  

Leaders that are no longer intimidated

At the North American Christian Convention, Pastor Frank Smith, Jr. riles up the audience with an encouraging message about our position in Christ and our power over the devil.
September 30, 2014  

Fighting fear as a pastor

If you've lost your job, are in a difficult ministry, face a major life decision, or have a financial or health crisis, fear is very real. Pastor Matt Proctor offers encouragement from Jesus' words in Revelation 1. (From NACC)
September 30, 2014  

'Our turnaround didn't happen overnight'

Greg Atkinson explains the main reason his 167 year-old church turned its decline around and went multi-site. (From Church Central Turnaround 20/20.)
September 23, 2014  

How the South Carolina Baptist Convention coaches its 2,100 churches

Don Matthews of the SCBC talks about an innovative program that the convention uses to successfully mentor and grow its churches. (From the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference.)
September 23, 2014  

Dewey Smith's personal story of his challenging pastoral transition

This full session from the Church Central Turnaround 20/20 conference details Pastor Smith's difficult journey of becoming the new pastor of a 137 year-old church, and the lessons he learned in the process. "I really had to humble myself like never before," he says. "We can create climates that make ...
September 16, 2014  

The C in DISC - a compliant person

As a C, you are analytical, conscientious, serious about life, factual and thorough. You're motivated by accuracy and quality. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
September 16, 2014  

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  

A church can't change direction too quickly

"Our church in Texas grew phenomenally," says Steve Cartin, "and literally the church broke apart." (From Turnaround 20/20.)
September 11, 2014  

Joni Eareckson Tada: It's a daily fight to stay satisfied in Jesus

"Don't think I am looking forward to heaven to get a new body," says Joni. "No. I am looking forward to heaven to get a new heart - a heart that is free of sin." (Uplifting video courtesy of NACC.)
September 08, 2014  

The S personality of DISC - Steady

If you're an S, you're consistent, stable, loyal and agreeable. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
September 08, 2014  

The peril of ministry stagnation

"Many churches die to what's possible in an effort to protect what is predictable," said Pastor Aaron Brockett at NACC. "Jesus desires that his Church would be on the move. Stagnation is something that I think gets under his skin."
September 01, 2014  

The I personality of DISC - the influencer

These leaders are people-oriented, fun-loving, inspiring and fast-paced. But there's a down side, too. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
September 01, 2014  

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