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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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
Grandma Didn't Go To Church: 9 Ways First-Generation Christians Are Making Me A Better Pastor
How do you pastor people when they're not just the only believers in their family, they’re the first Christian in generations?
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
This is especially true in California, where I live. Most of our neighborhoods are only one generation old. Many traditions, including church attendance, are non-existent.
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.
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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.
Pastoral Transition: Setting Your Church Up For Ministry Success After You're Gone
The church was here long before us, and it will be here long after us. Let's leave it better for the next pastor.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
How? By making sure everything in the church carries the obvious stamp of Jesus. Prioritizing hands-on ministry over sit-and-listen attendance. View as Single Page Page:12Next.
Largest US Protestant Denomination Reports Rise in Pastor Salary, Decline in Benefits
What a study from the Southern Baptist Convention shows about changes in pastors' pay.
ManagingYourChurch.com - Article
with the likelihood that a church provides health insurance to ministers, according to the survey. The survey noted that three out of four churches with an average attendance of 250 or
ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
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Indiana Church. “A [Muncie, Indiana] church is for sale because of declining attendance and alleged embezzlement. First Baptist Church of Morningside . . .
4 Reasons Our Church Stopped Doing 'Come and Watch' Events (And 5 Alternatives)
When a first-time guest comes to a church, they should see our faith at its deepest and best.
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Church & CultureMarch 25, 2017. 4 Reasons Our Church Stopped Doing 'Come and Watch' Events (And 5 Alternatives) When a first-time guest comes
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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
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
Jesus Didn’t Wake Up this Morning Depressed By the Size of Your Church
Mondays can be tough for pastors of struggling churches. But Christ is with you. And he has good news.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
He also didn't wake up this morning high-fiving the angels about the church down the street that broke attendance records yesterday. God doesn't take attendance.
7 Steps to Start Becoming a Church People Want to Commit To
A lot of recently unchurched people are like some of the rowdy kids in school. They’re ditching because they’re not being challenged.
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Innovative MinistryFebruary 06, 2017. 7 Steps to Start Becoming a Church People Want to Commit To People who don't go to church, don't want to go to church.
People Aren’t as Loyal to a Church Or Denomination Anymore – Good For Them
We need to stop whining about people’s lack of commitment to our churches and give them something - and someone - worth committing to.
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Church & CultureFebruary 03, 2017. People Aren't as Loyal to a Church Or Denomination Anymore – Good For Them We thrive. And not just in the church.
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.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
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.
QuickBooks at Church • Punting Passivity • Team Teaching: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
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goals do not 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.
Does Jesus Want Every Church to Be a Big Church?
Let’s stop arguing about which church size is best, and start seeing what’s best about each size.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Small Church MinistryDecember 08, 2016. Does Jesus Want Every Church to Be a Big Church? “Jesus wants the church to grow!”. I agree. How can I not?
3 Ways Some Churches Grow Without Getting Bigger
Butts-in-the-seats growth is great. But it’s not going to happen for every church. That's never a reason to give up, coast along, or offer excuses.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
Also, yes. Will that growth always result in larger congregational attendance? Not so fast. When Church Growth Theory Meets Church Life Reality. I know it seems logical.
5 Digital Tools for Managing Church Volunteers
Some handy electronic resources with the potential to revolutionize your volunteer management.
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different church operation tools was specifically created for the convenience of church administration. a space for your dedicated volunteers from sign-up, to attendance, to messaging.
The Folly of Trying to Measure Success In Christ’s 'First Shall Be Last' Kingdom
We need to measure what we can manage, but let’s not fall into the trap of thinking we have more control than we do.
Pivot: A Blog by Karl Vaters - Article
when something matters to us, we measure it. So we count things like church attendance in an attempt to measure a church's health, strength and impact.
‘State of the Plate’ 2016 Report Sheds Light on Church Giving Trends
With only flat or declining giving, churches are "scrambling" for giving solutions.
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because they were too tired or simply didn't feel like going. For churches used to attendance at church being a given, these are stark realities to grapple with.
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