A Guest-Friendly Website

Recently I was asked for recommendations for remodeling a church's website. In response I wrote a too-long email, but a just right blog post. So I thought I'd share it here. A "tiny" bit of this is pretty technical, but even a novice will find some tips to help tighten up your site. (BTW, we […]

Bad Information for a Young Pastor

Jim was right out of seminary and into his third year as pastor of his first church. He had worked hard all three years, but the church didn't grow. In fact, if anything, it was smaller than when he arrived. His frustration level was high. I ran into Jim at a seminar I was doing […]

Don’t Let the Tail Wag the Dog

The vast majority of dying churches I know get their priorities mixed up. Every church has a primary priority and secondary priorities. The primary priority of any church should be effectively growing the Kingdom, and it can’t be doing that if it totally dies. Secondary priorities can be any kind of mission they choose. However, many […]

The Biggest Lesson I Ever Learned

One of the best things about getting older is the lessons learned along the way.  Let me share the biggest lesson I learned.  It's so simple but it's what makes life exciting and productive.  Here it is: "The more you risk, the greater the possible return." I'm convinced that the main reason so many churches are […]

Turning a Church Around

I will  never forget that day.  It was my first Sunday at a church that only five years earlier ran 249 in worship.  But as I stood to teach I was greeted by only 37 people.  You read that correctly.  In five years the church declined from 249 to 37 people. I later found out […]

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. […]