Why Some Churches Grow and Others Do Not

We believe every pastor wants to enable their church to thrive and reach its potential. We want to help you do just that.

We’ve noticed something along the way. Successful pastors have different belief systems and do things differently than unsuccessful pastors. One can believe all he or she wants to, but if it isn’t […]

Churches Committed to Multiplication Part One: A New Movement Emerging in the West

There’s a new movement underfoot in the West that just might stem the tide of Western Christianity’s decline. Although it’s too soon to share the details (that will be done next year in a book from Exponential), what I can tell you now is that it will turn the value system of most Western […]

Churches Committed to Multiplication: Part One

There’s a new movement underfoot in the West that just might stem the tide of Western Christianity’s decline. Although it’s too soon to share the details (that will be done next year in a book from Exponential), what I can tell you now is that it will turn the value system of most Western […]

The Church Growth Movement Revisited

The church growth movement has taken a bad rap the past decade. Many unfair comments have been made in an attempt to either discredit it or make it obsolete. I’m sure there are many reasons for the attempts to either discredit or make the movement obsolete. At worst the attempts were the acts of […]

Measuring Church Transformation

In August, I wrote a blog entry on why so many church consultations fail to net positive, long-term results. As I wrote that article, in the back of my mind was the ongoing question that I often get about how to measure a church’s transformation. There’s always a lot of pushback from church leaders […]

Measuring Results in Spiritual Growth (Part 3 of 4)

Sure, spiritual growth is very personal, often unpredictable, and difficult to put into words. But it is really not as hard to measure as we may think. Count how many new small group leaders are moving through the process of identification, apprenticing, and starting new groups. Count how many members … adherents … and […]

When You Need a Church Consultant

By: Jeff Patton

I often wonder why would any pastor or congregation ever think about inviting a church consultant to their congregation.  In my travels I am often asked by people on the airplane what a do for a living.  Most are usually amazed that this vocation exists.  Some are simply dumbfounded, “you mean churches even […]

Breaking the barriers

Every church has natural barriers through which it must pass as it grows. The numbers go something like this (all refer to worship attendance) 200, 500, 900, 3,000 and up.
 These barriers are not hard and fast numbers, only approximate numbers.  In other words you may have to grow to 500 to be totally free […]

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