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Sorry, Pastor – Numbers Are NOT People
Church metrics can be helpful. But only if we use them wisely. And hold them lightly.
It's nonsense to suggest that we can't pastor a church well without a slavish attention to attendance numbers and small group percentages. Honor The Reality Over The Substitute.
Lead A Big Church? Or Be A Pastor? Sometimes You Can’t Have It All
Whether you’re called to lead a church with entrepreneurial church growth methods or hands-on pastoring, lean into it with all you’ve got.
are not called or gifted to manage the systems and processes necessary for a larger church. You don't need to switch to management mode and push for bigger attendance numbers to
Don’t Try To Be Successful, Try To Do Good Work
A minister with a well-nourished soul may or may not have a big church, but they’ll always have a healthy ministry.
We can measure attendance, conversions and baptisms – all of which are wonderful things. Or the marriage that didn't end in divorce because the pastor and church provided a healthy
6 Dos and Don’ts for Welcoming Church Guests
Visitor connection should be organic, not contrived.
lead pastor, this was when I liked to express deep appreciation for any guests in attendance. At our church, this team is responsible for distributing the bulletin as they greet each arrival.
Is It Wrong If I Don’t Want My Church to Grow?
If you are intentionally or unintentionally putting up roadblocks that hinder your church from growing, remove them. Now.
Church GrowthAugust 26, 2017. Is It Wrong If I Don't Want My Church to Grow? One of the foundational beliefs of the church growth movement is that every church should desire to grow.
Confessions of a Former ‘It’ Church Pastor
We were the hottest church in our area. Then everything imploded.
hosting their small group as a rogue gathering, leveraging those relationships and social media to recruit people to another church in town. That's when our attendance began to plateau
Does Your Church Have the Right Model?
How to decide.
What makes a low-autonomy leadership model attractive to so many church leaders? For one thing, it has a proven record of success. The 2017-2018 Guide to New Church Models.
Why Was I So Hard On That Church I Visited?
Impacting our community for Jesus takes more than having a great worship service and solid, biblical teaching.
Church & CultureMay 30, 2017. Why Was I So Hard On That Church I Visited? Several readers were concerned that I had been harder on the church than I needed to be.
One And Done: Why Small Church Discipleship Is Always A Moving Target
In a small church, it doesn’t take long for everyone who’s interested in a specific discipleship program to finish it.
Our church created and implemented a great a discipleship class last year. In our church of 180 (average Sunday attendance) more than 60 adults took the class and got a lot out of it.
Do We Need A Broader Definition Of Church Growth?
Any definition of church growth that doesn’t allow for, even celebrate, churches that contribute in non-numerical ways is incomplete.
Church GrowthMay 03, 2017. Do We Need A Broader Definition Of Church Growth? Some Disadvantages Of Only Using Numbers To Define A Church's Success.
10 Essentials for a Successful Outdoor Event
Don’t let weather, logistics, or Egyptian plagues keep you from taking your service outside.
The primary purpose of the gathered church should always be to celebrate Jesus. This allowed us to highlight that ministry's name and mission in front of everyone in attendance.
6 Markers of Especially Welcoming Churches
Insights from a church secret shopper.
of those in attendance. The churches I've seen retain the most guests have a simple and clearly defined discipleship process. On the other hand, I've also done church secret shopper
Pastoring a Church Between 100 and 200 Without Going Crazy
Some Dos and Don’ts for surviving and thriving in the awkward, in-between world of 100 to 200 in church attendance.
Some Dos and Don'ts for surviving and thriving in the awkward, in-between world of 100 to 200 in church attendance. Church LeadershipJuly 26, 2016.
CTPastors Has a Small Church Section – And They Want to Hear From You!
How to pitch, write and submit an article that fellow small church pastors will want to read, and the editors of CTPastors will want to publish.
About the author: I pastor a small church (approx. 150 in attendance) in California. We have run a successful internship ministry for 13 years, helping
How to Woo People into God's Story
Step down from the stage and guide them in the learning experience.
One church I know of built an outdoor fire pit and purchased round umbrella tables for Encourage consistent attendance to demonstrate that the work you're doing together matters.