Church Growth in One Sentence

I was privileged to visit Northpoint’s new Browns Bridge Campus a few months back. This is an amazing story–brand new 3,000 seat auditorium filled twice on Sunday morning. How do they do that?

Part of the answer, or course, is that a whole lot of people came from the main campus at Northpoint. They live […]

Church Growth Failure

Some of you may remember the Church Growth Movement of the sixties and seventies. Great leaders such as Donald McGavran and Win Arn led the movement and soon every church in town was running programs like Bring a Friend Sunday and doing follow-up with visitors. Every time you turned around, there was a new […]

Loving Your Church to Death … Or to Growth

At my age I have a good bit of experience with love. I’ve been married a good long while, I have five children, and I have seven grandchildren … so far. And so I can say with a certainty that you can love your church to growth, and you can love your church to […]

Towns, Wagner, and Rainer, The Everychurch Guide to Growth

Towns, Elmer, C. Peter Wagner & Thom S. Rainer
The Everychurch Guide to Growth

(Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998), 205 pages, paperback, $12.99. Obtain from Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville, TN.

A more than excellent book describing the “How To’s” of moving beyond the traditional worship barriers of 200, 400, and 1,000. Although the language […]

Church in the Post-Pandemic World

The other day, ECG Partner Scott Musselman shot me a note about something I’d written that referenced the post-pandemic church. He said that his church wasn’t post-pandemic yet! And of course he’s completely correct – the Great Pandemic of 2020 hasn’t given up its ghost and doesn’t seem like it will any time soon. […]

Before You Start: Does the Church Have What It Takes?

Truth is, most of these kinds of articles start with a couple of Rah Rahs! to help get your motivation up about revitalization. If you need a shot of Atta Boys first, then go read some other article and then, perhaps, when you’re adequately positive-minded, then come back and start this article.

Because I’m probably […]

Growing Churches are a Pain

Almost every church leader I’ve met tells me they want to grow their churches.

Be careful what you ask for.

A growing church brings problems. LOTS of problems. To be honest, a growing church is a pain in the neck, back, backside, and pretty much everywhere else.


Because a growing church demands change. Real change. Painful change.

Imagine […]

Making Mother’s Day Special In Your Church

I saw a post on Facebook this week that reminded me of a very practical church growth principle. The image said, ’The best gift you can give your Mother for Mother’s Day is to sit with her in church.” Behind only Christmas and Easter, Mother’s Day brings the third highest attendance each year. People […]

Attracting ‘Super’ Men to Your Church

of churches all over our country continue to ask the question,  “Where are all the men”? Women comprise more
than 60% of the adults in the typical worship service in America. Some overseas
congregations report ten women for every man in attendance. Volunteer ranks are
heavily female. No other religion suffers the enormous gender gaps that plague
Christianity. […]

Killers that Stunt Your Personal and Organizational Growth

Turn around or growth are usually the result of some action taken by the leadership.

Usually its not the little changes that kill a church, but the big changes that go untried.  Either leadership is afraid of these BIG changes or they can’t even imagine them.  Either way, nothing is deadlier than ignoring the BIG […]