Unfortunately, there is a current reality that most church members are unaware of and most church leaders are in denial of: Virtually nobody really wants to come to church. And the truth is, it’s easy to check this claim. Go downtown, to the major workplaces, and/or door to door, simply inviting people to “come […]
I spent the last week at a mainline’s church planter and church transformation training event. I wish I could say I was surprised at how great the training was. I wish. But the fact is, the training was long on the right theology and light on practicalities like the importance of evangelism in starting […]
In order to connect with the unchurched you have to have three ingredients: a knowledge of God’s word, a good relationship with unchurched people, and the ability to make the leap from a world of organized faith to a world of searching faith. Most clergy and some laity have the first ingredient. However, very few clergy […]
From Bill Easum
Keep in mind that Bar ministry isn’t for everyone. I do not recommend it unless it has something to do with your upbringing and you understand the bar crowd mindset. Also, know that it will take up to a year for you to be accepted and begin to see results.
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For years now church gurus have talked about the seating capacity of a building. You know, if your main worship service is 80% full you need another worship service. Well, even though that’s still true, how many you have in worship and the size of your building is not enough. The real standard for […]
Welcome to 2013.
How are you going to measure the success of your church this year, and every other year, for that matter? Worship attendance, finances, Sunday school and/or small group attendance, the number of baptisms, the number of new leaders raised up?
What if I told you that even though these are all important, none of […]
In our new book, Effective Staffing for Vital Churches, we write that all churches are missional or they aren’t a church. Pastor and author Michael Slaughter fell in love with the book at that point. Here is a brief excerpt from the book.
We believe every church is missional or it isn’t a church! But […]
I believe the primary mission of the local church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. If I believe that, then everything my church does should be pointed toward that goal. If I believe that, then I must also believe that making disciples doesn’t begin inside the church, it begins out in the community […]
I just returned from a training event for a church that’s dwindled down to less than fifty in worship and has less than a dozen committed leaders. They were pretty much in the desperate mode, which is never a good place to be. When they turned to 21st Century Strategies to help them find a […]