Six Growth Steps for Churches

We often quote the stat that 85% of all churches today are in a plateau or decline. That means that only @15% of churches are having any type of measurable growth. This is a disturbing statistic. What about your church? Over the last five years what has happened in the…

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What the Church can learn from Kodak

I grew up with Kodak.  They made all the film that we used to take our family pictures. At one time they were one of the leading companies in the world. I was greatly surprised to hear recently of the company’s bankruptcy filing. A Judge in New York is giving…

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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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Discipleship Then and Now

Here are a few thoughts on how discipleship is changing in the way churches approach it.     Then Church Training (Discipleship Training) now “Disciple Making.” Then Sunday Night 6PM now Anytime. Then At Church now Anywhere. Then Curriculum Driven now Highly Relational. Then Large Group (over 10) now  Small Group…

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The Invasion of the Chris-ters!

OK…what is a Chris-ter? Well, it is those folks who attend our worship on Christmas and Easter only, hence Christmas and Easter equals…Chris-ters. When I pastored we always had an increase in worship on those two Sundays because the Chris-ters really came out and boosted our attendance. So what should…

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Leading Change

In his classic text Leading Change, John Kotter offers a number of insights into the mechanics of change. If your church is going to grow it will require change and leading change in your church requires great wisdom. Examine these eight fundamental qualities of successful change and see if they…

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Closing the Back Door

I recently met with a church that was having consistent baptisms but not experiencing net growth. They asked me to help them plan some strategies that would keep those they reached. About the same time I read Tom Rainer’s blog on “closing the back door.” How does a church keep…

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