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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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Jun 21, 2013
CPLF

Church Planting Leadership Fellowship: Best Books on African-American or Urban Church Planting?

African-American Church Planting and Urban Church Planting
Church Planting Leadership Fellowship: Best Books on African-American or Urban Church Planting?

We are preparing for our upcoming meeting of the Church Planting Leadership Fellowship.

As I have shared before, we believe this to be one of the most important and strategic gatherings for North American church planting that is held each year. At each gathering we intentionally ...

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Jun 18, 2013
Multisite

Multisite Evolution

What should be the 'new normal' for multisite churches?
Multisite Evolution
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Whatever your opinion of multisite may be, there can be no doubt it is the new normal.

Multisite has joined a list of models and approaches that were once out of the mainstream and now is commonplace-- most of us know of one or more multisite churches.

Though I would ...

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Nov 30, 2012

People sometimes ask me about Transformational Church (TC), particularly after I mention it on Twitter as I did last week. I was talking about our TC Brasil project, as we are doing the TC research there.

So, here is a quick overview.

What:

Transformational Church and the TCAT ...

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Nov 15, 2012

I am excited as I hear stories of churches that have been using the Transformational Church Assessment Tool and seeing transformation take place in churches and individuals lives. Today, I am highlighting the Glad Tidings Assemblies of God Church in Muncie, IN who began the ...

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Nov 22, 2011

Steve Murrell is the senior pastor of Victory Metro in Manila, Philippines; a director of the Real Life Foundation; and the cofounder and president of Every Nation, a worldwide family of churches and ministries. Victory Metro Manila meets in thirteen different locations and ...

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Mar 22, 2011

We talk a lot about how our churches can have an impact in their cities-- I am doing a series on how research can under gird such efforts here. Chip Sweney, Next Gen and Community Transformation Pastor at Perimeter Church has written a new book that addresses the issue. Perimeter ...

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Mar 17, 2011

My final post in this series on church revitalization entitled "Kick-Starting the Plateaued and Declining Church" is adapted from an article that I co-wrote with Mike Dodson (who was also my co-author for Comeback Churches) for the Spring 2010 Journal of Evangelism and Missions. ...

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Jan 11, 2011

Part six in this series on church revitalization entitled "Kick-Starting the Plateaued and Declining Church" is adapted from an article that I co-wrote with Mike Dodson (who was also my co-author for Comeback Churches) for the Spring 2010 Journal of Evangelism and Missions. ...

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Dec 22, 2010

The videos below are an encouraging picture of what God can do in and through churches as they follow Christ on mission. In fact, they document what God has been doing in Bartow County, Georgia. Can local churches of different denominations work together for good and the gospel? ...

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HOPE International ministry executive and authors Peter Greer and Chris Horst discuss how organizations drift from their original mission in this episode of The Exchange.

Peter Greer is the President and CEO of HOPE International, a Christian faith-based, nonprofit focused on alleviating physical and spiritual poverty through microenterprise development. Chris Horst is the organization's development director. Together they wrote Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches.

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