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 […]

Holding a Congregation Accountable

I recently received a note with a question that I'm sure most pastors have asked themselves at one time or another. I'm afraid there are many answers to the "why" question. The congregation is paying the pastor's salary - so they're the boss (or at least they think and act like they are) The congregation is an […]

Why I Hate and Love Church at the Same Time

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to church.  I love the way God designed his church.  I hate the way church often looks when it ceases to be the church God designed. Do you understand why I say this?  How do you feel about church if you go to church?  How do you […]

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 […]

How And When To Give Raises

Churches that give across the board raises are shooting themselves in the foot. Why do I say this? Here are three reasons: No one deserves a raise just because they put in the time during the year. Raises must be earned and deserved, not entitled and a given. Raises should be given only when someone […]

How To Cast Vision

Having a Vision is one thing; knowing how to cast so it sticks is another. Let me share with you how I did it over a twenty-four year period in the church I restarted. Casting vision begins with having an all-consuming passion for some form of ministry. It can be any aspect of ministry. It […]

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. […]

Why You Shouldn’t Show Individual Staff Salaries

I’m often asked if the church budget should show individual staff salaries and without hesitation I always say, “NO, not on your life!” Here’s why. First showing all the salaries encourages mediocrity. Why? Because the same mindset that publishes individual salaries also wants to give across the board raises, which is always a horrible thing […]