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11 Ways to Be the Church for Those Who Don’t Go to Church

In my previous post, Are Churches Fixing Problems No One Cares About? I wrote about why people don’t want to go to church today.

They’re not angry, they’re apathetic.

But where is this apathy coming from?

The biggest roadblock to evangelism today may be as simple and as sad as this: we don’t know our neighbors like we used to.

This is a crucial problem, because there’s one reason above all others that opens people up to the gospel. People become willing to consider Jesus when they like and trust the Christians they know.

People need to know us before they can trust us. And they need to trust us before they’ll go to church with us.

We have to be the church before they’ll come to church.

But what does that look like today?

Building a Strong Leadership Team in a Small Church (Video)

Today’s video, from the October 2013, Small Church Pastors’ Workshop, is a tag-team talk with me and my Youth Pastor, Gary Garcia.

Gary and I have spent 21 years together in ministry at our church. In an era where the average stay of a pastor is 7 months and the average stay of a lead pastor isn’t much better, we both feel very blessed. But it didn’t come easy. Gary and I are very different in almost every way.

In this 34-minute video, Gary and I talk candidly about our differences, our common ground and how we’ve used that relationship to teach and train volunteers, leaders and other church workers.

Congregations Are Fact-Checking Our Preaching – Here Are 4 Ways to Take Advantage of It

Have you noticed that fewer people are bringing their bibles to church, but are using a smartphone bible app instead? That’s not the only thing they’re reading in church. As it turns out, up to 38% of churchgoing Millennials will do an online search to verify what their pastor has said. And many of them …

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One Reason Our Church Stays Small: The Slow Spiritual Simmer

There aren’t a lot of first-time conversions in our congregation. At least not among adults. What we have instead, are de-churched people becoming re-churched. And it usually takes a while. After all, people become de-churched for a reason. So they often need some time to let things simmer in their spirits in order for trust …

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