The Secret to 21st Century Preaching

I believe that one's preaching should always be evolving and adapting to the needs expressed through our culture.  We live in a time when the culture says our preaching is irrelevant.  That can't be allowed to continue. What is the image of the preaching in your church?  Is it a lecture?  Do people feel "preached […]

How Vile Are You Willing To Be?

I became a Methodist because I read John Wesley during one of my desert periods. As a result I decided to join the United Methodist Church.  But over the years I’ve learned that United Methodists aren’t very Methodist, at least not by Wesley’s standards. We aren’t vile enough. Let me explain. When Whitefield invited Wesley […]

How to Grow Your Church

The secret to church growth is that there really isn't any mystery to growing a church. The principles and practices for how to grow a church are the same ones that have been used since the beginning of the church. The problem isn't so much about knowing how to grow churches as it is rolling up […]

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 […]

A New but Old Metric

I just finished a book called Gaining By Losing by J.D. Greear. The premise is basically that 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, […]

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 only between four and five years. So what needs to happen so that we have more long-term tenures of over 20+ years? Bloom Where […]

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 that all I’m interested in is BIG, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’m […]