Ten Growth Principles (part 5)

In my previous blog I listed 10 so let’s continue to examine two more with number seven and eight. 7. Healthy Churches keep many hooks in the water. They don’t have just one strategy that reaches people but a number of opportunities. They provide many side doors in order for…

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Top 10 Church Growth Principles

It has been a blessing to serve churches for over 35 years in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. I consider myself a lifelong learner who has not arrived yet, but here are my observations on the major factors of healthy growing churches. We will unpack these further in my next five blogs.…

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Good News, Bad News

Today I have good news and bad news. Reminds me of the defense attorney who said those same words to his client… “First the bad news… Your blood test came back, and your DNA is an exact match with that found at the crime scene.” “Oh, no!” cried the client.…

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Church Vitality Components

Audrey Barrick writing for the Christian Post reported an interesting new study by the United Methodist Church on what makes some churches healthy. Here are the key findings in that study. Churches with a high number of small groups, effective lay leadership, faithful pastors, and both traditional and contemporary services…

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Church Health, Growth, Plateau?

We use these terms all the time when we are attempting to share about how our churches are doing, so let’s define what we mean by these three terms: plateau, health and growth. Plateaued: A plateau is a relatively level or stable period in the life of an organization. The…

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7 Steps to a Friendlier Church

1. Teach your members the difference between “having friends at church” and “being genuinely friendly to guests.” • People come to church looking for a friend not looking for a friendly church. • Churches are friendly but it is usually to each other, not to new people. • We have…

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7 Steps to Stagnation

In 1870, the Methodists were having their annual conference in Indiana. The presiding Bishop was asking a group for an interpretation of current events, when the president of the college where the conference was held volunteered his input: “I think we are living in a very exciting age. I believe…

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Growing a Healthy Church Part 2

Last week we shared a blog entitled; “What does a Healthy Church Look Like.” There are foundational steps that leaders must take in order to create healthy church environments that promote growth. The growth of your church depends on members who are biblical healthy in their relationship with the Lord.…

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