A Post Modern Resurrection Story

In one of the congregations I worked in last year I ran across a story that had become legendary in that congregation. It seems as if the pastor had told the story many times so the detailed authenticity of the story is suspect. However, I have learned that some of the most profound truths are […]

How To Develop Sermon Series That Grab Attention

I’m constantly being asked about the importance of sermon series and how’s the best way to go about doing them. The questions are all over the map, ranging from pastors in their first year to seasoned veterans who realize we are no longer in the 1950s. So I thought I would share a few quick […]

Better Than a Secret Handshake – SIGNS!

I was looking for the storefront church on Sunday morning. My GPS said I was at the right address, but nothing jumped out and said, "Hey You! Come join us for worship." I finally parked and walked down the sidewalk. I finally found the church right where it should be - but the stenciled church […]

What Every Pastor Should Know About Church Growth

"I just didn't think it would happen to me." Those words played hide-n-seek in my head while I listened to his all-too-common story. Kenneth's first call to a church had started pretty well. He'd heeded the advice of his seminary professors and spent his first year just "loving on" his congregation and getting to know […]

Christmas Ideas

It’s not too early to begin thinking about what you’re going to do to capitalize on the pagan holiday known as Christmas. Yes, you heard me correctly- Christmas is a pagan holiday. But contrary to what you might think, being a pagan holiday makes it an even more valuable evangelism tool than you think. Meeting […]

The Failures of Recycling and Reusing

I live in Missouri, but I'm a Seattle-ite at heart. One of the widest cultural differences between the two is the attitude toward recycling. I'm used to looking at every piece of "trash" and doing the gymnastics to see if there's a new use for it, and failing that, deciding which recycling bin it belongs […]

The Three Most Important Rooms In A Church

I tell churches all the time that the three most important rooms in a church building are the Worship Center, Restrooms, and Nursery. Most churches don't understand the importance of these rooms. How do I know this? By simply looking at the way most churches take care of these three rooms. In far too many […]

An Effective Bar Ministry

I got a note the other day asking about what a bar ministry might look like. There are a couple ways that churches are doing successful bar ministries. Here are the two dominant models. 1. A church buys a bar and operates it as one of its outreach ministries. These bars are far from "preachy" […]

Why Your Church Won’t Be the Exception

I just returned from a church growth training event at a local church where we reviewed and evaluated their vision. Their vision statement was a bit wordy, but overall it got high marks. But a question arose from some of the members: "What about those in the congregation who don't support the vision ... who […]

Hiring and Firing Staff

Today, I had a conversation with one of the church planters I’m coaching. During the coaching call he asked me, “What are some of the ways to help staff be more productive?” I made several suggestions and then I said to him, “That is not the most important question on this subject. The more important […]