“What, me worry?”

I remember reading an article about Alexander the Great
whose troops looked like they were about to be defeated. His soldiers had taken
so much plunder from their previous campaigns that they had become weighted
down and were losing their effectiveness in combat.

Alexander commanded that all the spoils of war that had been
accumulated be thrown into a […]

Stop Inviting People to Church… and Grow Your Church Anyway

Recently, I was working with a church that desperately wants to grow… well, the pastor wants it to grow. He asked his core leaders about their inviting experiences and they all said shades of the same thing: “I’ve invited all my friends to church and they’re not interested.”

Well, duh!!

Unless you happen to be inviting […]

A Leader People Want to Follow

What kind of a leader are you? There are several hundred books (at least!) that will help you discover that answer, but in my experience, there are really only three kinds of leaders. (1) Leaders with a position who don’t actually lead. Sorry folks, but I put the lassie faire style of leadership in […]

Butts and Bucks

For years, I’ve heard progressive church leaders decry the emphasis on numbers, especially average worship attendance and member giving. Like virtually every church consultation firm, we get accused and badmouthed for our continued insistence that the churches we work with provide us with their numbers for the previous ten years.

Numbers like:

Average worship attendancePer […]

Gimme that Old Time Religion

I just finished listening to a commercial for songs by Allan Jackson, songs like:

What a Friend We Have in JesusLeaning On the Everlasting  ArmsAmazing GraceI Love to Tell the StoryThis is My StoryLove Lifted MeHe Lives!Blessed AssuranceWhen We All Get to HeavenTurn Your Eyes Upon JesusHow Great Thou ArtPrecious Memories.

These songs brought back […]

Reader Question

Sometimes we get questions from our Contact Us page. When we do, we try to answer the query. Sometimes, the question is broad enough that it warrants a blog post of its own. Such is the case with this query …

“I read your target audience post and it made sense to me. Given our […]

War Ship Small Groups

I recently had a student who designed a new small group system for her church and called them War Ship Small Groups.

And she was uniformly eaten by a couple of students for using battle language … I guess because that kind of language is pointedly missing from the Bible (I don’t know which […]

How to Hand Off Ministry

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to […]

The Most Unfriendly Time of the Service

This shouldn’t be news to you … but I keep running into the practice in declining churches.

If you’re still doing a Meet and Greet – or if your “Passing Peace” is a disguised version of the Meet and Greet (and they typically are!) – then

Stop It

Now!

To begin with, the Meet and Greet […]