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 […]

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 […]

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. That'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 […]

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 […]