How to Keep New Members

Most churches have new members join. It is the life and future of a congregation. No new members equals no new growth. Healthy churches not only reach new people but they keep and involve them. Most people that join a church do so with excitement and anticipation. A new member…

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Reading Your Own Obituary!

Like many of you I get up every morning, make my coffee and pick up the morning paper, usually glancing at the obituaries. Here is the deal… if my name is not listed; I go about my normal duties for the day. If my name is in the paper well…

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More Than a Hand Shake

Most guests entering our churches receive a cordial hand shake and a “glad you are with us today.” While this initial contact with guests is important, Debbie Rendell of St. Petersburg, Fla., says churches must go deeper. The president of Integrating Focus says a congregation that wants to promote fellowship…

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8 Marks of a Genuine Disciple

Aubrey Malphurs, in his book, Strategy 2000: Churches Making Disciples for the Next Millennium, discusses eight areas of what makes a genuine disciple.  This list or any list depicting lifestyle and behaviors is an outward response of an inward commitment to Jesus as Lord. This is not a legalistic exercise…

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Ten Things to Do with First Time Guests

1. Call them “guests” not “visitors.”  The term visitor denotes that they are just passing through and will probably not be back. Do you have a visitor’s bedroom or a guest bedroom? I rest my case! 2. Respect their privacy. Don’t embarrass them by having them stand up and share…

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Healthy Churches Need Change Too

Church health is a popular topic these days. The idea is that if a church is healthy it will grow and fulfill it’s mission. If it is sick it will not be able to accomplish much. A church’s overall health is a key to growth and effectiveness. Healthy churches need…

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Super Bowl Records

The Super Bowl is not in the books yet but it has generated lots of excitement and hopefully it will be a great game to watch. Many of you are acquainted with football great Jerry Rice but here is an interesting side note to his story. Jerry Rice was the…

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Get Your Joy Back!

One of the most obvious evidences of our walk with Christ is joy. The word joy appears 218 times in the Bible. Deep joy should be a constant quality in the life of a follower of Christ. Happiness is more dependent on your circumstances. Things go well at work or…

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Is Sunday School Dead?

I read an interesting article last week by Bob Allen called, “Can Sunday School be saved?” The title of the article caught my attention for two reasons.  One, I have been greatly impacted by Godly Sunday School teachers who loved me and made a huge difference in my life and two, if…

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