Years ago, I took a business management course and I believe it was Tom Peters who drilled it into my head that when leadership determines the need for a culture change, that it begins and ends with leadership – starting in the C-Suite and spiraling out from there. He went on to assert that the […]
There are two ways to try and grow a church.
Plan A has years of tradition behind it: Convince those in the pews to get off of their blessed assurance and move out into the mission field to make disciples. Pastors have been trying to do that for longer than any of us have […]
Think about the implications of that statement. If you’re committed to growing your church, that means:
The people you’re trying to reach intentionally didn’t want to go to church.
And more to the point: They didn’t want to go to YOUR CHURCH.
There are a LOT of reasons why the unchurched “say” they don’t want to […]
To become a part of the Next Level for Church Growth Pastors Group (a private Facebook Group), a pastor has to answer three questions. Question #2 is about Church Growth. It’s always amused me (not Ha Ha amusement) when some pastor pushes back and accuses me (and The Effective Church Group) about being one […]
It’s been a VERY long time since The Effective Church Group took to the road, but this month (October 2022) we’re about to put our toes back in the water.
Because pretty much no one wants to go to church any moreBecause your church STILL hasn’t recovered from your pandemic attendance lossesBecause your members […]
Jesus said to go make disciples. It’s the main thing for Jesus. Is it themain thing for you and your church?
There are so many people who are not connected to Jesus and hischurch in our country at this time. People are needlessly flounderingwithout the peace, joy, and love which can only be realized throughfaith […]
The other day, I was asked by a pastor on Facebook about my weekly schedule when I was in the parish. It took some time to put together, but here’s my “typical” schedule.
One note before you jump in … in the words of my first Regional Minister, “Ministry is Interruptions.” So, even though […]
I was speaking with a pastor in Iowa the other day and shared that I’d just completed forty years in parish ministry. He offered some generous congratulatory sentiments and thanked me for my service. But then he paused and asked me a really great question: “What has God been showing you during that time?”
“We’ve got lots of opportunities. What we don’t have are the members to take advantage of any of them. Everyone is exhausted.”
Let’s be honest, the pandemic and the post-pandemic migration has been rough on all of us.
Sign Up for the Free Pastor’s Congregation Resurrection Facebook Live Training Here. (Tuesday, August 23, 1 […]