Christian Unity

First Impressions: 7 Ways To Give Church Guests A Frustration-Free Experience

One of the goals of a good First Impressions team (actually for everyone in the church) is how to make our churches Certified Frustration-Free for those who are unpacking them for the first time. Regular church attenders have grown accustomed to the packaging. If we’ve been around the church for a while, we probably participated …

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4 Questions To Consider Before Commenting On A Controversial Subject

Everybody has an opinion. And everyone is entitled to one. But not every opinion is of equal value. Including mine. After having participated in online conversations for several years, including in this blog, I have developed four questions I ask myself before putting my opinion out to others. Online or in person. These are especially …

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6 Takeaways From “The Church Growth Gap” LifeWay Research Survey

Last week, Aaron Earls wrote a very helpful article entitled The Church Growth Gap: The Big Get Bigger While the Small Get Smaller. In it, he outlined the results of a recent survey taken by Lifeway Research. There’s a lot of data in the survey and the article, much of which will take more time to …

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Put People First: Why Many Small Church Pastors Can Spend Less Time On Sermon Prep

In a big church, the pastor will have name-recognition relationships with a very small percentage of the people they’re communicating to on a weekly basis. When you add writing, podcasting and other forms of communication, it’s typical for the pastor of a large church to have a personal relationship with fewer than one percent of …

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Small Churches Are Stuck (But Not The Way You Think)

In a small church, the pastor will know most, if not all of the congregation members personally. Our lives are intertwined. So how does that affect our time management on the weeks when our schedule is especially tight (as in every week for a bivocational pastor)?When a small church pastor has to choose between spending time …

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