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Dec 5, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Water of Life Church Serves Its People

After taking the TCAT, Pastor Franco and Water of Life Church saw some ministry areas that needed improvement and they took steps to improve.
Stories of Transformation: Water of Life Church Serves Its People

Water of Life Church was a growing congregation in New York City drawing predominately young Latino families in the Bronx. But while the members felt numerous improvements had been made since Carlos Franco became the bivocational pastor 11 years ago, they were emerging from ...

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Nov 26, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: Allison Park Church

Take a look at how Allison Park Church sacrificially plants churches.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: Allison Park Church

Allison Park Church has planted forty-five churches over the past decade within North America, and several others internationally; the number of churches could not be verified.

Here is a bit of what Allison Park shares about themselves on their website:

1. Warm, inviting ...
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Nov 14, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Crossroads Christian Fellowship Improves Communication

Effective church assessment is necessary for healthy church growth.
Stories of Transformation: Crossroads Christian Fellowship Improves Communication

James and Becky Valekis have been at Crossroads Christian Fellowship since 1999, when James became the senior pastor there. Crossroads is a “re-birthed” congregation, and the church has been experiencing a significant amount of change over the last 10 or 15 years ...

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Oct 24, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Moves Toward Mission

Pastor Jerome Ellard shares about how assessment moved his congregation toward mission.
Stories of Transformation: New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Moves Toward Mission

An assessment of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship could not wait until things were more settled. In fact, their time of transition provided the perfect opportunity to evaluate where they were and where they wanted to be.

Jerome Ellard will soon be taking over the leadership ...

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Oct 21, 2014
Church Planting

Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: The Summit Church

Exponential growth requires sacrificial planting, and The Summit Church shows that.
Toward Viral: What Exponential Growth Might Look Like: The Summit Church

The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham has been planting churches in both North America and Internationally since the beginning. Over the years they have planted 23 churches in North America and 47 churches internationally. They have recently made an intentional shift in strategy ...

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Oct 3, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Provides Spark for Lake City Foursquare

Church assessment is vital to sustained ministry effectiveness.
Stories of Transformation: Provides Spark for Lake City Foursquare

For Pastor Dave Chandler of Lake City Foursquare Church, an assessment provided the catalyst to address the areas in his church needing change.

Lake City is in Moses Lake, Washington, a growing community located in a rural area in the center of the state with an agricultural ...

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Sep 12, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: A Church Pursues Its Passion for Community

Assessment helped Mountain Vista Bible Church pursue its passion for community.
Stories of Transformation: A Church Pursues Its Passion for Community

When interim pastor and church consultant Lavern “Bud” Brown was leading Mountain Vista Bible Church through a time of transition, he decided it was the best time to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the congregation.

As an experienced church consultant, ...

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Sep 3, 2014
Ministry

Creating A Hospice Ministry For Churches

The death of a church does not have to be the end of its ministry.
Creating A Hospice Ministry For Churches
Carol Von Canon / flickr

It is better for denomination or network leaders to be prepared to respond to dying churches rather than to react to the despair of confused churchless members as churches move toward closure.

Many churches will reach the end of their life cycle without making the necessary ...

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Aug 28, 2014
TCAT

Revisiting the Fundamentals and the Importance of Assessment

Self-assessment can be difficult, but self-awareness is too important to ignore.
Revisiting the Fundamentals and the Importance of Assessment

In the flurry of the demands of ministry that cry out for attention, any resource that brings us back to the important, orienting, foundational questions is a welcome friend. I have found the TCAT to be just such a friend. I am grateful for the sharpness of focus it is providing ...

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Aug 12, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: A Church Looks at Itself and Gets on Mission

Assessment helps church remember its mission.
Stories of Transformation: A Church Looks at Itself and Gets on Mission

It was time for things to change at Lakeview Church in Hickory, North Carolina.

The church’s longtime pastor had stepped down in 2012 and the congregation was looking for a new pastor. But they didn’t know quite where they were headed as a church, said Jerry ...

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Jul 22, 2014
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Making Disciples

Churches must assess themselves in an effort to be more effective at making disciples.
Stories of Transformation: Making Disciples

Most churches do a good job of measuring what Micah Fries calls the "three B's"— budgets, buildings, and baptisms.

Those are helpful, he said. But they don't always show whether a church is fulfilling its mission to make disciples.

"Every ...

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Aug 31, 2013
Seminars

Saturday Is for Seminars: Turnaround 20/20

Igniting Turnaround in Any Church
Saturday Is for Seminars: Turnaround 20/20
Courtesy of Church Central

My friends at Church Central are hosting a one-day conference here in Nashville on October 15 that is focused on church revitalization.

The concept is simple: 20 speakers, 20 minutes each, giving their best advice on how to turn around a church in decline.

They've ...

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Aug 27, 2013
Multi-Site Churches

Why We Multiply Everything, Including Churches and Campuses

Four Reasons Grace Church Started a Second Campus
Why We Multiply Everything, Including Churches and Campuses
Courtesy of Lizette Beard

When we planted Grace Church in a local movie theater two years ago, we assumed that one day we would have a more permanent location. Meeting in a theater is not without challenges, and we assumed we'd eventually have a place for offices and more permanent meeting space, ...

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Jul 12, 2013
Seminars

Saturday is for Seminars: Sentralized in Kansas City

Saturday Is for Seminars
Saturday is for Seminars: Sentralized in Kansas City

This September I will be speaking at Sentralized in Kansas City. It's a conference for pastors, church planters, individuals, and teams of church members that are working through the issues and ideas of missional living and learning. I'm looking forward to connecting ...

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Jul 10, 2013
Church Growth

Rethinking Small Churches

6 Questions to Ask About Your Congregation
Rethinking Small Churches
R.S. Treadway

Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better. Not necessarily. Our obsession with "bigness" can be a reflection of American values, rather than biblical ones.

Too often we pull our cultural values into our grid for measuring ...

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