Pastoring

Why We Need To Be Careful About Adopting Business Models In Our Churches

It’s becoming very popular to teach church growth and leadership principles using ideas from successful businesses. Despite the best intentions of these writers, I’m becoming more and more convinced that trying to bring renewal to our churches by adapting business ideas is at best ineffective, and at worst, potentially damaging to our souls, spirits and …

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Church Health And Growth: Are Pastors Responsible For Outcomes?

Who is responsible for the health and growth of a local church? Obviously, the ultimate growth of the church is in Jesus’ hands, but Jesus has given church leaders certain responsibilities for our local congregation. So, while we should never take on a burden that isn’t ours, we also need to be careful not act …

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Is Your Church Evangelizing Or Just Advertising? 4 Reasons It Matters

There are two ways for a local church to reach more people. Advertising or evangelism. At best, advertising can support evangelism. But evangelism, not advertising, must be at the core of every church’s strategy for reaching new people.

A Question Of Character: Getting Unstuck Is Not The Church’s Biggest Problem

There is a crisis in the church. People are leaving. Increasingly, it’s a question of character. The church’s character issues need to be addressed first. Not as a means to reverse our loss of numbers. But because it’s the right thing to do, no matter what our numbers are.

8 Benefits Of Investing A Lifetime Of Ministry Into One Congregation

Pastors seem to be staying in their churches longer now than they did in previous generations. Certainly there are challenges to staying so long in the same place. Keeping fresh, not settling in too comfortably, and not repeating the same ideas over and over are constant battles to fight against. (We’ll address those in my …

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Understanding The New Apathy About Church Attendance

People aren’t deciding not to go to church on Sunday any more than they’re deciding not to drink a bowl of ketchup for breakfast. Sure, they could do it, but why would they? They haven’t rejected the idea of going to church. It simply isn’t on their list of options. They’re not lazy, they’re apathetic. Until …

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One Simple Step To Create A Year-End Giving Bump In Your Church

Several years ago, I discovered a simple idea that helps our church members plan their giving better, and gives our church finances a healthy year-end bump. In the fall – usually between the end of October and the beginning of December – we send out a short letter to every regular giver with a thank …

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