Pastoring

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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If There’s No Church Growth Guarantee, Does It Even Matter What We Do?

There’s nothing anyone can do to guarantee that any particular congregation will grow numerically. No, I’m not being pessimistic, I’m being realistic. There are simply no absolutes in church growth. At least not for the numerical increase of an individual congregation. Not every church that uses church growth principles grows as a result of them. If …

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Church Growth: Your Results May Vary

The principles that have been discovered by the church growth movement are helpful and important. The methods that have been devised to help us take advantage of those principles are valuable. And the people who promote those principles and methods are doing their best to help churches and ministries. In short, the majority of church …

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No, Pastor, We’re Not Always Right

Pastors have a special place in my heart. But pastors are as just as subject to the ups and downs of life as anyone else. We make mistakes. We forget important appointments. We misspeak, even when we’re preaching and writing articles. The title of pastor does not confer some special knowledge upon us that isn’t …

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Stop Complicating Ministry: The Smaller The Church, The Simpler We Need To Keep It

So, you pastor a small, struggling church. You’re trying to help it become less small and less struggling, but all the “can’t miss” answers from the latest church growth conferences never seem to work for you. You don’t have a big worship team singing new songs, a dynamic small group ministry, a trendy youth group, …

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Stop Complicating Ministry: The Smaller The Church, The Simpler We Need To Keep It

So, you pastor a small, struggling church. You’re trying to help it become less small and less struggling, but all the “can’t miss” answers from the latest church growth conferences never seem to work for you. You don’t have a big worship team singing new songs, a dynamic small group ministry, a trendy youth group, …

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All Churches Make Mistakes, Why Do Ours Feel Fatal?

No church is perfect. Some churches make mistakes but keep growing and moving ahead at lightning speed, while other churches make similar mistakes, but can’t seem to make even the smallest forward progress. Even the world’s fastest-growing churches regularly make mistakes, but those mistakes don’t seem to affect their forward motion at all. It’s frustrating …

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Why “Finishing Well” Can Never Be Our Main Reason To Behave Morally

Finishing well in ministry really matters to me.

Especially since I now have more ministry years behind me than in front of me.

I want every day of my ministry life to matter. And I want to end it having brought honor to Christ, his church and my family.

This has become even more important as I have watched so many pastors leave the ministry under a cloud of suspicion or outright guilt, sometimes in what was already going to be their final years.

Too many times we’re seeing decades of great ministry irreparably tainted by credible accusations of moral indiscretion.

But.

Wanting to finish well is not the main reason I’m determined to behave morally. It should never be for any of us.

My Best Advice For New Pastors And Church Planters? Be A Great Cover Band

If you’re a new pastor or a church planter, perhaps the best word of advice I can give you is not to be a tribute band, but to be a great cover band.

What’s the difference?

While a tribute band plays the hits from one bad, even taking on their look, a cover band picks great songs from several bands and plays them all.

A great tribute band can give you a nostalgic evening, but it will never stretch the abilities of the musicians. It’s just paint-by-numbers for them. But being a cover band – especially when you’re starting out – is a wonderful way to learn how great music is written, performed and received by an audience.

My Best Advice For New Pastors And Church Planters? Be A Great Cover Band

If you’re a new pastor or a church planter, perhaps the best word of advice I can give you is not to be a tribute band, but to be a great cover band.

What’s the difference?

While a tribute band plays the hits from one bad, even taking on their look, a cover band picks great songs from several bands and plays them all.

A great tribute band can give you a nostalgic evening, but it will never stretch the abilities of the musicians. It’s just paint-by-numbers for them. But being a cover band – especially when you’re starting out – is a wonderful way to learn how great music is written, performed and received by an audience.