The 4 Secrets to Effective Church Events

You have an event that your congregation puts on, but no one starts coming to your church because of it.  Do we continue anyway because it is a "good" event? Most churches have some wonderful events, but we miss out on a vital opportunity to leverage this for the glory of God and His Kingdom. […]

The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century

My friend Elmer Towns just finished a book: The Ten Most Influential Churches of the Past Century. In the book, he gives a thorough examination of the contribution of each church. As always, his research and analysis of what makes a church historically influential is impeccable. And you may be surprised at which churches are in […]

Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication

Reading Spark, by Todd Wilson, filled my eyes with tears. Where was this book when I restarted my church? What a difference it might have made. Folks, this is the first book of 2015 that will go on my classics list. The author addressed both the problem and the solution when it comes to developing a […]

Live by Consensus and Die from Constipation

I don't know how long it has been going on; it started before my time. But it has become honed in the past fifty years. I’m referring to the passion for consensus in many of our churches today. So many are afraid to act without finding out where everyone in the church stands on the […]

4 Ways Your Greeters Make Guests Feel Welcome

When it comes to first-time visitors, you may be surprised to learn that perhaps the most influential person your guests will meet isn't your worship leader. It's not the choir director, Christian education leader, or the board chair. It's not even your pastor. Believe it or not, probably the most influential person your first-timers meet is your church greeter. […]

Five Secrets to Getting Out of the Office

There's an old saying that goes "Pastor, you can't be faithful to the Great Commission if you're stuck inside your office" (okay, so it's not that old of a saying). But the truth is there nonetheless. We've found that pastors of turnaround churches (and larger growing churches as well) spend less time in their office and more time […]

Stop Suffering From Mega Church Envy

We live in a time when the nature of church is changing dramatically.  There are a few very large congregations, but most churches are quite small.  Do I have to be a mega church pastor to be "successful?" What does it mean to be church in our time?  Let's be honest.  How do we feel […]

Does Jesus Believe in Church Growth?

The term "church growth" means all sorts of things to different people.  Some see no problem whatsoever.  Others find it to be controversial. The question that defines it for me is?  Do your pews or seats look like this image on a Sunday morning? Somewhere between 15 and 20% of Americans will worship as Christians […]

Four Things that Keep People Out of Your Church

I suspect no church intentionally goes about barring their doors to keep new people out, but given the poor first-time visitor numbers in most churches, it sometimes seems like that might be the case. A healthy, growing church should be seeing enough first-time visitors each week that they make up 3 percent or more of […]

Ensuring Growth by Rick Warren

How do you structure a church so it just keeps on growing and doesn’t plateau? I believe there are ten essentials you must focus on as you structure your church. 1. You must develop an unshakable conviction about growth. First and foremost, you need to settle on the idea that God wants his church to […]