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A Closer Look at the Housing Allowance
What this tax benefit means for churches nationwide. - Article
of $500,000 or less. More than 60 percent of solo pastors lead a church with an average weekly attendance of 100 or less. Among those categories:
What Are You Leading People to Expect from Jesus?
God may not be interested in satisfying every one of our desires. - Article
Before the big family gathering on Christmas Eve, we attended an area church service. At the end of the service, the pastor announced everyone in attendance would receive a free book
Why Is It So Hard To Find Help To Pastor A Small Church Well?
Scrambling for morsels of truth about healthy small churches can make you feel like a pig digging for truffles.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
let's just say, I didn't need an attendance sheet to see there were fewer than 100 people in front of me on Sunday. I almost left the church and the pastoral ministry during that season.
Minister’s Parole • Low-Income Church Communities • Religious Freedom Case: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
Minister's Parole Conditions Regarding Church Attendance Are Challenged. “In Manning v. Powers . Church attendance is correlated strongly to higher levels of education and income.
Small Church Essentials Is Here!
It’s not about wanting churches to be small; it’s about wanting small churches to be great.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Karl Vaters gets it. In Small Church Essentials, Vaters provides insight and ideas for the pastoral majority—those leading smaller churches under 250 in attendance. – Thom S. Rainer.
You Can Offer Excuses, Or You Can Do Great Ministry: Our Trip To Holy Trinity Brompton
Effective churches don’t let their challenges become excuses.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
other cathedral before recognizing our mistake and having to find HTB beahind the bigger church. “All the churches in our area are experiencing losses in attendance and commitment.”.
What Should Ministry Look Like in Post-Christian America?
Four church leaders weigh in.
Church attendance and biblical literacy are down, and fewer Americans identify as “Christian.” In many parts of the country—and across the digital landscape—Christians encounter
FEMA and Churches • Public Accommodation Law • Immigration Agents at Church: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
The church has weak finances, needs repairs, and has been losing members. A construction project on Interstate 75 has hurt attendance. Gawronski
3 Ways to Stay Sane This Easter Season
Yes, it's possible to relax during your busiest time of the year.
Embracing God's definition of success for New Life Church over the years was initially It meant that all the previous markers—increased attendance, bigger and better programs, a larger
Pastoral Training Is Changing
It's not a straight path to the pulpit anymore.
But while Osborne's success has been in building what he calls a “giga-church”—a congregation with a weekly attendance of over 10,000—Ferguson's vision is different.
When People Leave: The Private Pain Of The Small Church Pastor
Even if the church is large and growing, it can be hard when people leave. But when the church is small, each loss is much more painful.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
When a small church loses just one family it can mean massive changes in entire ministries. Second – and most difficult – it's not just a drop in attendance, tithers or volunteers.
The Event Matters: How Going To Church Helps Us Be The Church
For almost 2,000 years, Christians haven’t just been the church, we’ve gathered for the event of church. Because the event matters.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Church attendance should not be the defining feature of our Christian lives. After all, God doesn't take attendance. But that doesn't mean going to church doesn't matter. It does. A lot.
Is Your Church Measuring Health Or Size? They’re Not The Same Thing
In the same way that a healthy elephant is bigger than a healthy rabbit, a church's size has nothing to do with its relative health – or relative value.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Small Church MinistryJanuary 16, 2018. Is Your Church Measuring Health Or Size? Now for another riddle. What's better, a healthy church of 50, or a healthy church of 5,000?
Make the Most of Your Rented Space
Five solutions for mobile churches.
Five solutions for mobile churches. Shannon Jirik. 0; tweet; link. share; share; share. expand: email; print. We recommend this Building Church Leaders training tool: Church outside the box
4 Assumptions Pastors Can No Longer Make About Church Giving Patterns
While it’s still  true that people stop or slow their giving when they’re unhappy, that is no longer the only reason for a drop in giving.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
In the church I pastor, for instance, every other indicator of health and strength is up, from overall attendance, to new believers, to ministry involvement, and more.
6 Ways to Lead Your Church Well in 2018
How to raise up new leaders, cast vision, and plan for the new year.
They don't have to be related to attendance or revenue, but they should be measurable in some way and should be clearly connected to the vision or mission of the church or ministry.
School’s Denial • Homeless Housing Stir • Two Dead in Church Shooting: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders. - Article
Judge Upholds Catholic School's Decision to Deny Attendance to Parent's Children. You can find the ruling in the January/ February issue of Church Law & Tax Report.
Sorry, Pastor – Numbers Are NOT People
Church metrics can be helpful. But only if we use them wisely. And hold them lightly.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
The Changing Face of the Executive Pastor Role
A longtime XP discusses what is changing for a position once limited to large churches. - Article
What's driving this dynamic for churches with smaller-sized weekly attendance figures to hire this type of Here's an analogy: A church of 1,000 is akin to a business with 1,000 workers.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
It's not that I'm not opposed to taking church attendance or tracking our numbers. I'm in favor of it. Accurate, relevant statistics can help us see things objectively
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