If you think small churches can't be run efficiently, think again. Here are some examples. read more
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Do you know the strength of your network? Do you know the depth of its traction? read more
Find out how this dynamic works in the local church. read more
The words could be the kiss of death when trying to get people to come back. Read and find out what they are. read more
Ministry is a team sport. Find out why that's especially true when starting a new church. read more
Don't treat those who only come to church on Christmas or Easter with indifference or disdain. Here are some things you can do to welcome them with love into the service. read more
Not every person in the Body of Christ has the same motivations, maturity levels, goals and emotional health levels. Find out how to properly discern between these three kinds of people. read more
Most pastors and church leaders appreciate and love their volunteers. Here are some ways to get better connected with them. read more
In my blog, I have referred many times to my days of church consultation, particularly those experiences where we sent one of our consultants to be a first-time guest in a church. He or she would return with a report of those experiences, and the report would eventually be consolidated with other information for the church.
I have nearly 300 of these “mystery guest” reports. Both Chuck Lawless and I have posted about them on my blog.
In the past, the mystery guests would grade the visit based on several criteria. Less than 20 percent of these reports were graded “B” (good visit) or higher. read more
Ever wonder why some small group ministries seem to steadily move to new levels of success and health while others start with a bang and go out with a whimper?
Here are five commitments that make the difference:
1. Connecting everyone to a small group is a top objective every year. By “everyone,” I mean everyone. And it’s not just 50 percent or 80 percent of the weekend adult attendance. I’m talking about 150 percent of the weekend adult attendance number! In addition, the commitment is to a small group (i.e., not a class or a Bible study that meets in rows). And it’s not about off-campus versus on-campus. It’s all about connecting to a group that includes the essential ingredients of life change. (See also "Essential Ingredients of Life Change" and "Design Your Group for Life Change.") read more
(This is the type of article some church people will find objectionable. I’m fully aware of that and am willing to run the risk of the flack from writing it. If it results in one congregation standing up to a member who has held the church in a stranglehold and run off preacher after preacher, if it puts just one bully out of business, it’ll be worth the flack. This is a far bigger problem than most people realize.)
No church bully thinks he’s one. He’s just (ahem) looking out for the interests of the church, since a) no one else seems to be willing to do it and b) even though it’s a difficult task, he has the courage to step up and do this difficult thing. read more