Empowering Your Staff

The importance of staffing a church isn’t taught in seminary. It should be, but it isn’t, and that’s a crime. Because once a church crosses 100 in worship finding the right staff becomes one of the most important steps a pastor will take. I’m convinced that not knowing how to find and hire the right […]

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 […]

Churches Committed to Multiplication: Part Four

Boy do I have egg on my face. Like most of the people who coach church planters, I’ve always told them that the most important thing they can do is get butts in the seats. Don’t worry about serious discipleship until you get a crowd. The problem with this is that by the time you […]

An Inside Look at What’s Killing the Average Church

I just finished watching an episode of the new TV show Public Morals. The show is about the gangster world of the 1960’s in New York and how all the cops were on the take. Before saying any more, I want to quickly add that I don't recommend this show to anyone. But I was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Try This for Finding Church Visitors

Last weekend, about 15% of Americans were a part of Christian worship.  If you are a Christian leader, that should be enough to get you motivated. Many church leaders weren't trained for what ministry looks like today.  The bottom line: Could you use more visitors in your church?  If so, let's get started. Some years […]

The Path to Becoming a Successful Church Consultant

I don't know what the deal is, but over the past couple of weeks we've been inundated with requests from current pastors who have become interested in becoming church consultants. I've responded personally, but I think there's enough interest that I wanted to set the record straight about what it takes to be a successful […]