Church Growth

Church Growth
The Big Ask: Another No-Fault Reason Most Churches Will Never Be Mega
Most pastors can't make The Big Ask. Thankfully, it's not needed for a healthy church.
The Big Ask: Another No-Fault Reason Most Churches Will Never Be Mega
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“Most churches will never be mega, because you can't build megachurches on regular givers alone. You need some huge donors. And there’s not one pastor in a million who can successfully do The Big Ask. Who can put their arm around the shoulder of a wealthy donor ...

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Church Growth , Read These First – The Essentials
Why 'Step Aside So the Church Can Find a Pastor to Grow It' Is a Bad Idea
Six reasons most small church pastors should stay, even if the numbers are static.
Why 'Step Aside So the Church Can Find a Pastor to Grow It' Is a Bad Idea
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There are broken churches in the world. Broken churches with failing pastors.

Most of those churches are small. Thankfully. But that’s just because 90 percent of all churches in the world are small.

So yes, there are good reasons for failing pastors to leave failing churches. ...

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Church Growth
11 Types of Healthy Churches That Often Stay Small
No church should settle or stay stuck. But not every healthy church gets bigger.
11 Types of Healthy Churches That Often Stay Small

“If a church stays small, they must be doing something wrong. It can’t possibly be healthy.”

This has been an underlying assumption of many in the church growth movement. (Although it’s usually more subtly stated than that.) But, as with any assumption, ...

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Church Growth
I Don’t Want My Church to Be Small. But It Is. Now What?
In our push for church growth, let's not forget the importance of church health.
I Don’t Want My Church to Be Small. But It Is. Now What?

I don’t want my church to be small. It just is.

I want my church to grow numerically. But it’s not.

I follow all the how-to lists to get it to grow. But they don’t work.

I’m told to pray more. So I do.

Plan better. So I do.

Work harder. So now I’m burnt ...

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Church Growth , Read These First – The Essentials
9 No-Fault, No-Excuse Reasons Many Healthy Churches Stay Small
There's no reason to believe that a healthy small church is making more mistakes than a healthy big church.
9 No-Fault, No-Excuse Reasons Many Healthy Churches Stay Small

"What am I doing wrong?!"

How many small church pastors constantly torture themselves with that question?

And it doesn't help that someone's always writing another list to tell us about the mistakes and sins we must be committing that are keeping our church from ...

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Church Growth , Read These First – The Essentials
The Myth of Inevitable Congregational Growth
Many churches don't grow beyond a certain size no matter how healthy they become
The Myth of Inevitable Congregational Growth
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A healthy church does not inevitably mean a numerically growing congregation.

I used to believe that it did.

After all, I've read about the "truth" of inevitable congregational growth in every church leadership book written in the last 30 years. I even taught it ...

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Church Growth
When Church Growth Numbers Blind Us to Deeper Truths
Increasing numbers can cause us to make two equal, but opposite mistakes about church growth and health.
When Church Growth Numbers Blind Us to Deeper Truths
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Numbers are a great way for church leaders to gain objective information. They can help us quantify data, spot patterns and trends, and face harsh realities.

But information is not the same as truth.

Numbers can give us facts, but they can't give us truth. Yet, ironically, ...

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