An Inside Look At What’s Killing The Average Church

I just finished watching an episode of the new TV show Public Morals. The show is about the gangster world of the 1960’s in New York and how all the cops were on the take. Now before saying anymore I want to quickly add that I don't recommend this show to anyone. But, There was […]

What is the Secret to Effective Worship?

I am driven by the terrible fact that only about 15% of Americans worship as Christians on a given weekend.  This consumes me.  In a country where we are free to worship, why do so many refrain? What about you?  Are you like me?  Are you distressed by our worship reality?  Do you wonder how […]

Is Your Church Kingdom Minded Or Church Minded?

The other day I was talking with a pastor about me possibly coaching him. In the course of the conversation I mentioned the need for churches to be more Kingdom minded than church minded and it went totally over his head. You could see in his eyes that he had no concept about what it […]

A New But Old Metric

I just finished a book called “Gaining By Losing” by Greear. The premise is basically the more people you send or give away for whatever reason the more likely the church is to thrive because that is God’s plan for all churches as seen in the Acts of the Apostles. In a nutshell God is […]

5 Ways to Leverage Your Church Music Ministry

Perhaps you've noticed, people aren't clamoring to go to church these days.  On any given weekend, about 15% of Americans worship as Christians.  But do not despair, your church music ministry can be a great resource for contemporary evangelism. At The Effective Church Group, we feel keenly that pastors of churches under 500 at worship […]

Build On Your Strengths First

I'm a big fan of the therapeutic model ... if you need therapy. But it's a rare church that needs therapy ... and over the years we've found that the therapeutic model is seriously hurting a lot of churches. Let me explain. In case you're not familiar with the therapeutic model, it's the practice generally […]

Long Pastoral Tenures Are Best

History has shown that Long-term pastoral tenures are better than short-term tenures because they produce more effective churches. By long-term we mean 20+ years. Yet, the average pastoral tenure is between four and five years. So what needs to happen so that we have more long-term tenures of over 20+ years? Bloom Where You’re Planted […]

Why Large Churches Are More Effective Than Small Churches

If you have an aversion to large churches, then this article isn’t for you. But if you are open to the possibility that large churches may be better than small churches, then read on. I’m aware some may think all I’m interested in is BIG, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I’m a […]

Try This for Finding Church Visitors

Last weekend, about 15% of Americans were a part of Christian worship.  If you are a Christian leader, that should be enough to get you motivated. Many church leaders weren't trained for what ministry looks like today.  The bottom line: Could you use more visitors in your church?  If so, let's get started. Some years […]

The Path to Becoming a Successful Church Consultant

I don't know what the deal is, but over the past couple of weeks we've been inundated with requests from current pastors who have become interested in becoming church consultants. I've responded personally, but I think there's enough interest that I wanted to set the record straight about what it takes to be a successful […]