Pastoring

If the Apostles Didn’t Teach Church Growth, Why Do We?

Why does everyone want to be like the first century church? From what I can tell, it wasn’t that much different from today’s church. They had large and small churches. Healthy, sick and dead churches. Churches with strong leaders, weak leaders and sinful leaders. They worshiped God imperfectly and fought over theology. Some churches gave …

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Grasshopper Myth: People Aren’t as Committed as They Used to Be

Recruiting and keeping givers and volunteers is harder than it used to be. If I was ever tempted to tell Small Church pastors to quit whining about something, this would be it. It used to be fairly easy to get church members to commit to consistent giving and/or volunteering. Ask for a missions pledge, and …

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5 Principles Megachurches Can Learn From Small Churches

Small Churches receive a lot from our megachurch friends. We read their books, sing their songs, use their curriculum and attend their seminars. And we’re grateful. But the benefits don’t have to flow only one way. There are some very important, though less obvious things that megachurches can learn from Small Churches. Not necessarily books …

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Could Excellence Be Killing the Church?

“I left my Small Church because the quality of worship, programs and preaching wasn’t great. Then I came back to my Small Church because the quality of worship, programs and preaching in the megachurch was so high, it made me passive. “The big church didn’t need me. My Small Church does. And I need to be …

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What Will People Think? The Truth About Numbers, Status and What Really Matters

I wanted to be DC Talk’s chaplain. In the 1990s, DC Talk hired a pastor to travel with them when they went on tour. He led a daily bible study for the band and crew, held them spiritually and morally accountable, and was available for pastoral counseling when needed. I congratulate any band or sports …

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Small Church Choices – Make More of Them

“The reason your church stays small is because you’re making Small Church choices.” That quote has been repeated many times as an undisputed Church Growth Movement truism. But it’s inside-out. My church isn’t small because I make Small Church choices. I make Small Church choices because my church is small. And I plan to keep …

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The 11th Reason Pastors Quit Too Soon

Pastoral ministry is hazardous work. Study after study shows the burnout rate for people in full-time ministry is high and growing. Tim Peters tackled this issue with a very helpful post, 10 Real Reasons Pastors Quit Too Soon. As I read it, I noticed something missing from his list. And it may be the most …

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How Do We Measure the Things That Matter?

We don’t measure the things that matter. We measure the things we manage. That’s the essence of a comment I made this week in response to a short blogpost written by Artie Davis, entitled Disciples? If You Mean It, Measure It! UPDATE: Check out the gracious response to this post from Artie, below. Artie’s blogpost …

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