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. You must develop an unshakable conviction about growth. First and foremost, you need to settle on the idea that God wants his church to grow. […]

8 Habits of a Life Changing Small Group Leader

Here is a post from Church Leaders that is worth reading Make time with God a daily priority. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 NIV Follow the best example and offer a good […]

8 Habits of a Life Changing Small Group Leader

Here is a post from Church Leaders that is worth reading 8 Habits of a Life Changing Small Group Leader Make time with God a daily priority. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35 […]

Sermon Prep When Time is Limited

One of the recommendations we make to pastors with churches under 200 is "Learn to do sermon and worship prep in less than two hours each week so you can spend the vast majority of your time reaching people for Jesus Christ." It's not a popular recommendation. Homiletics professors faint. Long-time pastors just shake their heads. […]

Some Of Us Don’t Value The Soul Anymore

During my 50 years of ministry (Yes, 50.Tthat's not a typo.). I’ve become convinced that most churches don't put much value on soul. And that saddens me. Why do I say this? Far too often, more than anything else money defines a person or organization. The old saying “show me your pocket book and I’ll […]

Easter Sunday Follow-Up Full Court Press

This year Easter happens to coincide with the wrapping up March Madness, the final two will be decided on Easter Saturday and the finals are played on Easter Monday. That leaves Easter Sunday as a quiet, leisurely day for sports fans ... but not so much for the world of church. Once again, it's likely […]

5 Questions to Discover if You Honor the People God Loves

We talk a lot about honor in our culture in regards to public service and acts of bravery.  But why don't we speak more about honoring one another in daily life? Think about it.  How do people perceive you?  And in regards to church, does your congregation honor every precious child of God? I feel […]

The Secret to Finding People Who Don’t Go to Church

Jesus said to "Go!" and make disciples.  But where do we go? A big issue in contemporary church is that most Christians only interact with other church people.  If you are a follower of Jesus, how many friends do you have who don't go to church?  Do you need to change that? I recently did […]