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Is Faith Sufficient for Membership?

Is Faith Sufficient for Membership?

A case study in leadership discernment
Merge Ahead

Merge AheadSubscriber Access Only

A way forward for declining churches
When Smaller Is Better

When Smaller Is BetterSubscriber Access Only

Effective small church ministry starts with a clearer view of success.
'Nones' Are Your Business

'Nones' Are Your BusinessSubscriber Access Only

A review of 'The Rise of the Nones' by James Emery White
The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

What the story of a rowing team can teach us about effective ministry.
The Koinonia Way

The Koinonia WaySubscriber Access Only

Sharing ministry with the congregation protects pastors from burnout.
Pastor, Church, & Law Volume 2

Pastor, Church, & Law Volume 2Subscriber Access Only

And more helpful tools from Christianity Today
A Metric that Matters

A Metric that Matters

Why we've stopped counting members and started tracking "active attenders."
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Our editors have compiled our best on Church Health topics from the archives. Here you'll find ground-breaking, honest, wise coverage that sets Leadership Journal apart.

Can Your Church Handle the Truth?

Can Your Church Handle the Truth?

Recovery ministries demand a level of honesty many congregations aren't used to.
Why THIS?
What churches can learn from recovery ministries about confronting struggles.
Discipline the Backbone of the Church

Discipline the Backbone of the ChurchSubscriber Access Only

A spineless body has trouble standing up for anything.
Why THIS?
This classic article, even more accurate today than when it was written, details how our individualistic attitudes prevent us from submitting to the church and how a church that is unwilling and unable to discipline its people cannot live up to its purpose.
Church Discipline for Repetitive Sin

Church Discipline for Repetitive Sin

How do you work pastorally with people who are likely to fall again?
Why THIS?
Confronting repetitive sin is tricky and tiresome, but the healing and change that result are worth the effort.
Your Church's Apgar

Your Church's ApgarSubscriber Access Only

A new way to measure spiritual vitality
Why THIS?
This article suggests two ways for churches to measure their vitality (hint: neither pertains to attendance).
Cookie Cutter Community

Cookie Cutter Community

Distressed by consumer Christianity, this church razed the ministries enjoyed by so many for so Iong—and started over.
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5 Good Ways to Welcome Strangers

5 Good Ways to Welcome Strangers

It’s not illegal to care for immigrants, whatever their status.
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