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28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church
Numbers are not the only way to determine church health. In many situations, they’re not even the best way.

If numbers aren’t the only way to tell if a church is healthy, what else is there?

I get that question a lot. Mostly from other pastors.

And no, they’re not being facetious when they ask it. They truly don’t know the answer.

Isn’t that … I don’t ...

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How Doing Fewer Events Is Helping Our Church Do Better Ministry
If your church, or a department in it, needs to hit the refresh button, it’s not a backwards step to strip things down to the basics.

No one is running around our church, setting up activities today.

Even though it’s October 31 as I write this, we’re not decorating our cars, prepping games in our classrooms, or cooking food in our kitchen.

Because this year, for the first time in many years, we’re ...

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Hillsong Church Doesn't Sing “Shout To The Lord” Anymore? Good For Them
Instead of hitting the replay button, Hillsong is staying true to their mandate and pressing forward. This is something we can all learn from.

Every church has a calling.

In addition to the mission we all share – namely, the Great Commandment and Great Commission – every congregation has a specific reason they exist.

For Hillsong Church, a big part of that calling has been to write, sing and send their songs ...

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Wanted: New Church Methods for New Church People
Changing the world with the Gospel of Jesus is less likely to happen using traditional methods with every passing year.

There’s nothing wrong with traditional methods of doing church. As long as you want to minister to traditional church members.

Traditionalists (whatever your tradition may be) need places to worship, learn and be discipled. Too many of them have felt overlooked, even ridiculed, ...

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4 Steps To Help Pastors Preach To Newbies And Mature Christians Every Week
Speaking deep truths in simple language isn’t easy. But when we do, something very special can happen.

Every week, pastors all over the world are asked to do something that is almost impossible. Preach a message to a group of people that includes

  • Teenagers to seniors
  • Men and women
  • Mature disciples and not-yet-believers
  • The faithful and the skeptical
  • Regular attenders and first-time guests
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Reflections On My Last Conversation With David Mainse (1936–2017)
David Mainse was an innovator who used whatever technology would help him reach the greatest number of people for Jesus.
Reflections On My Last Conversation With David Mainse (1936–2017)
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I want to be like David Mainse when I grow up.

Unless you've lived in Canada, or in certain pockets of the US, you may not be aware of David Mainse. So here's a short bio of a man who influenced so many in his 81 years.

David Mainse was the young pastor of a small church ...

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6 Ways To Leverage Your Church's Limited Resources For Greater Ministry Impact
Every church needs a plan that helps decide which needs they’ll respond to and which ones they won’t. This isn’t easy, but it’s important.

Small churches can’t do everything. But we can do a lot more than we may think.

The challenge is to use our limited resources in the best possible way, for maximum ministry impact.

Over the years, our small church has learned a few principles that help us do just that.

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Adding A Second Church Service Without Killing Your Momentum
Taking an almost-full room and dividing into two less-than-half-full rooms can be a psychological blow. Here's how one church overcame it.

Has your church ever tried to add a second weekend worship service, only to have it flame out? This was the question that was asked on a small church pastors’ discussion board recently.

Several of the responses were, understandably, along these two lines:

  • “That’s a ‘problem’ I’d love to have.”
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Adapt, Adjust And Diversify: Some Of Our Differences Make The Church Stronger
As long as the center holds, our differences won’t make the church weaker. They’re an essential element for making us stronger.

Christians worship and serve Jesus in so many different ways.

Sure, there’s a foundation of correct theology and behavior that needs to exist for any group to legitimately call themselves a church. Among them are:

  • The divinity of Jesus
  • Salvation through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus
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Pastor, Don't Neglect Your Current Members To Reach New Ones
The great churches of tomorrow will be built on the foundations that were established yesterday and affirmed today. 

Every church needs to be more missional. More outward-reaching. More evangelistic. More outside-the-walls.

One of the best indicators of whether-or-not a church is healthy is how much they're reaching people who aren't already in the congregation. The more outward-looking, ...

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