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Five Secrets to Getting Volunteers to Perform

The Easter egg hunt should have been a huge success. Over 250 kids showed up and there were young parents by the bushel. But the pastor was beside himself. "It's not that we have trouble getting people to volunteer. We had over twenty people say they'd be here to help – but only seven showed up. […]

Are You Making These Five Hospitality Mistakes?

They had a problem. A BIG problem. Over nine out of ten first-time visitors who walked through the door never returned. It was like their visitors walked in, took a quick look around, maybe even "kicked the tires" and hung out for worship, but once they left the building their sentiments were, "Cross that church off […]

What Every Pastor Should Know About Church Growth

"I just didn't think it would happen to me." Those words played hide-n-seek in my head while I listened to his all-too-common story. Kenneth's first call to a church had started pretty well. He'd heeded the advice of his seminary professors and spent his first year just "loving on" his congregation and getting to know […]

Four Reasons Why Some Churches See First-Time Visitors Almost Every Week

The pastor was on vacation and I was invited to be the guest preacher. Before the service while I was being briefed by the worship leader, I noticed a significant hubub at the back of the church. A young couple had come in and they were nearly mobbed by one wellwisher after another. The music […]

Tired of Herding Cats?

You probably hear it as often as I do. "Trying to get them organized is like herding cats." Whether it's being applied to the stewardship committee, the congregational council, or the local minister's alliance, it's an apt simile whenever you come across a pack of individuals who are more interested in getting what they want […]

Christmas Ideas

It’s not too early to begin thinking about what you’re going to do to capitalize on the pagan holiday known as Christmas. Yes, you heard me correctly- Christmas is a pagan holiday. But contrary to what you might think, being a pagan holiday makes it an even more valuable evangelism tool than you think. Meeting […]

Smaller Boards Outperform Larger Boards – Duh!

A study by the Wall Street Journal discovered that larger corporations with smaller boards outperformed their larger-board counterparts by a significant margin. In fact, as few as 3-5 extra people made a difference in profit margins by up to 18 percent. Churches of every size have similar issues. The larger the board the less efficient and the […]

Ushers Ush

"Good morning, Mrs. Dalton. Do you have a seating preference?" "Oh Sheila, you ask me every week. You know I always sit in the same place." The usher smiled. "Yes, but you never know!" Then she turned to a couple just then coming through the door. "Good morning! Do you have a seating preference?" "Well, we […]

Team Building Basics

It's almost nominating time, and with nominations come the reconstitution of teams. But will they just do business as usual, or will they make a serious difference in your congregation? Much depends on what happens at their very first meeting. When a team comes together for the first time, typically the pecking order gets quickly […]

Slow … Steady … Strategic

One of the problems with high-functioning ministers is that our energy tends to always function quite highly, even to the point of dysfunction at times. Many of us score a high “P” on the Myers-Briggs Inventory (which, by the way stands for PANTS, as in fly-by-the-seat-of), so orderly doesn’t tend to be either in our […]