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May 16, 2018
Stagnation

Why Is Our Church Stagnating, and What Do We Do?

Making sure your church is a loving, welcoming environment that genuinely seeks to share the gospel is a great way to address stagnation and to actively pursue growth.
Why Is Our Church Stagnating, and What Do We Do?
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When we hear the term “stagnating,” it likely elicits a response from us of something unhealthy and functioning poorly. Although it is sometimes the case that something stagnates for bad reasons, it is also true that stagnation is not necessarily a bad thing, depending ...

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Apr 25, 2018
Small Churches

Five Decisions that Helped Turn Around My Small Town Church

I believe your small town church can grow; I believe this because I’m living it.
Five Decisions that Helped Turn Around My Small Town Church
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The small town church where I serve as Executive Pastor will turn 12 years old this year. In those 12 years we’ve experienced incredible growth in many different areas. We’ve seen hundreds of people experience salvation and take their next step through baptism. We’ve ...

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Mar 24, 2018
Small Churches

20 Truths from Small Church Essentials

Just because a church is small, doesn’t mean it’s broken.
20 Truths from Small Church Essentials
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Karl Vaters’ new book Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250 has just released and it’s a great read for pastors and leaders of smaller churches. Karl has been a small church pastor for 30 years, is the author ...

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Mar 20, 2018
Rebuilding

One-on-One with Tom Holladay on “Putting It All Together Again When It’s All Fallen Apart”

Nehemiah mourned, fasted, and prayed; that's where you start.
One-on-One with Tom Holladay on “Putting It All Together Again When It’s All Fallen Apart”
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Ed: Tell us what led you to write your new book.

Tom: This book grows out of one of my life messages. For me, a life message is something I’ve been learning for decades, and is usually something learned out of pain. Thirty years ago, my wife Chaundel and I suffered a devastating ...

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Mar 15, 2018
Church Growth

Five Things that Keep Churches from Change

Being a representative of Christ in a lost world requires change.
Five Things that Keep Churches from Change
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Leading a church into revitalization is a daunting task. It takes much prayer, grace, and strength. Churches that need revitalization have often drifted into a place of complacency. The change they need often comes about because of a cathartic moment.

Desperation is quite the ...

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Jun 1, 2017
evangelism, Amplify

Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create

How the church can leverage the arts for evangelism.
Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create
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Given that the objective truth of the gospel never changes, the PROCESS of evangelism is much more about helping people encounter Christ than it is explaining Christ. And ARTISTS are some of the most powerful God-designed servants who can create environments wherein people experience ...

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Aug 8, 2016
evangelism, academic institutions

How Evangelism Can Be Woven Into All Parts Of An Academic Institution

Evangelism should be a value that shapes all Christian academic institutions.
How Evangelism Can Be Woven Into All Parts Of An Academic Institution

Dear Friends,

When I visit campuses I sometimes hear the following complaint about making evangelism an explicit value: “We’re an academic institution, not a Bible college!” The underlying worry is that the academic mission will be displaced by evangelism. My ...

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Jan 21, 2016
Thinkers

Evangelism, Church Planting, and Alpha Course

What bridges between denominations and churches need to be built for the trust to make collaboration possible?
Evangelism, Church Planting, and Alpha Course

In the UK, over 8,000 church buildings have been closed over the past 25 years. In Canada, where I live, just one of our mainline denominations has announced that over the next 5 years, 1000 of their buildings will follow suit.

It doesn’t take much of a news scan ...

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Nov 13, 2015
Church Revitalization

To Close or Revitalize: That Is the Question—7 Steps to Know

How can you know if it's time for you to revitalize your church or write its eulogy?
To Close or Revitalize: That Is the Question—7 Steps to Know
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A reality that we face today is how to know when a local church is a good candidate for revitalization or for closing. In determining best practices for a church to carry out its mission, leaders must answer the following question: will more people be reached for Christ by ...

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Sep 2, 2015
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: West Valley Foursquare Gets Intentional

Using a church evaluation tool like TCAT can help your church be more effective.
Stories of Transformation: West Valley Foursquare Gets Intentional

In the apple growing community of Yakima, Washington, West Valley Foursquare Church was facing some transitions and attendance had recently dipped.

Planted in 2002, most things seemed to be going relatively well on the surface, but Senior Pastor Tom Lawson and Executive ...

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Jul 15, 2015
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: First Baptist Round Rock Transitions Well

When First Baptist Round Rock was going through a time of transition, they needed to assess their church and turned to TCAT for help.
Stories of Transformation: First Baptist Round Rock Transitions Well

Until recently, Round Rock, TX, a suburb of Austin, TX, has been one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. It has exploded in growth over the last 15 to 20 years, and the city is seeing many changes as it grows. These changes have been felt by First Baptist ...

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Apr 21, 2015
Church Revitalization

Leadership Challenges in Church Revitalization

Church revitalization is messy, but love people and lean on the faithfulness of Jesus.
Leadership Challenges in Church Revitalization

I fell in love with church revitalization early in my ministry when I served a church of senior adults during a brief stint teaching at a seminary.

The median age of the people was 68. It seemed like there was an oxygen tank or a walker at the end of most pews.

They came ...

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Apr 16, 2015
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: King’s Way Foursquare Church Aims to Climb Past the Plateau

Church assessment is necessary to help push past obstacles.
Stories of Transformation: King’s Way Foursquare Church Aims to Climb Past the Plateau

King’s Way Foursquare Church near Sequim, Washington had plateaued and senior pastor Mike Vanproyen wanted to see the church push through. They had been averaging over 350 in attendance, but could never seem to break the ceiling of consistently drawing 400 on Sunday ...

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Feb 27, 2015
Transformation

Stories of Transformation: Emmanuel Community Church Looks for Purpose

After years of decline amidst times of transition, Emmanuel Community Church assessed itself and found purpose.
Stories of Transformation: Emmanuel Community Church Looks for Purpose

When Don Meckley first became senior pastor at Emmanuel Community Church in Bayville, New Jersey, he knew it was time for things to change.

Meckley, who’d been on the church staff for more than a decade, had watched the congregation slowly decline from about 300 worshipers ...

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Feb 16, 2015
Missiology

Organizing for Denominational Revitalization

Revitalization can be a tenuous task, but it is a worthy goal. How can you lead your churches or denominations to new life?
Organizing for Denominational Revitalization

Churches and denominations need a revitalization movement. That much is clear to most people. But how do we create or facilitate that revitalization? Our answer is important for the future of churches.

I co-wrote a book specifically around church revitalization called Comeback ...

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