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Merge Ahead

Merge Ahead

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

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A Metric that Matters

A Metric that Matters

Why we've stopped counting members and started tracking "active attenders."
Beyond a Club

Beyond a ClubSubscriber Access Only

We needed a model of church membership that truly shaped the way we lived.
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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.
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.
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?
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
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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The Prayer-Centered Church

The Prayer-Centered ChurchSubscriber Access Only

What it takes to lead a prayerful community.
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