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The Disturbing Temptations of Pastoring in Obscurity
Leaving the limelight didn’t heal my pride; it only disguised it.
6 Takeaways From “The Church Growth Gap” LifeWay Research Survey
We seldom see the value of smaller congregations, even when the facts show them to us.
Small Churches Are Stuck (But Not The Way You Think)
Churches on either end of the size spectrum are usually seen as fulfilling their calling. But those in the middle? Not so much.
The Church Growth Gap: The Big Get Bigger While the Small Get Smaller
The US congregations most likely to grow are the 10 percent that already have more than 250 worshipers.
Why Is There An Increasing Pushback Against Church Growth Principles?
As the church growth movement enters middle age, it’s time to ask some tough, but fair and necessary questions.
Breaking Church Growth Barriers Will Not Keep You From Crashing
A plea to my fellow pastors: The body of Christ wants you healthy and whole more than we need you to perform numerically.
The Problem With Using Numerical Incentives In Church Leadership
When we require the promise of numerical increase to motivate us to behave biblically, something is wrong.
5 Myth-Shattering Reasons We Have To Change Our Thinking About Church Size
History has regularly shown us that any time we equate bigger with better in the kingdom of God, it leads to problems. Big problems.
Caring Or Counting? The Pastoral Dilemma
When I’m pushing for numerical growth, I minister differently than when I’m caring for people. And not in a good way.
Grow Or Die? Actually, There’s A Third Option – Be A Great Small Church
Church growth principles are important, but we need to know what great small churches look like, too.
More Is Only Good When It’s A Byproduct Of Better
We don’t need bigger churches. We need better churches. Then we need more of them.
Four Steps For Denominations to Resource Church Revitalization
Resourcing isn’t always monetary.
If There’s No Church Growth Guarantee, Does It Even Matter What We Do?
Like saying “please,” using church growth principles makes church growth possible, not inevitable.
A Place for Death in the Life of the Church
What does faithful ministry look like in a church that sees more funerals than baptisms?
Your Results May Vary
In church growth, as in everything, we can’t take our lead from the best examples, but from typical results.
Ten Years from Now, How Secularism and Church Diversity Intersect
The geographical epicenter of our faith shift from its centuries-old home base in the West.
Ministry Lessons from the Life of Eugene Peterson
9 church leaders share what they learned through his books, letters, and friendship.
Self-Control, the Leader’s Make-or-Break Virtue
Is it possible to build willpower like a muscle?
The Embodied Church in a Digital Age
Should we cheer or moan when online churches perform virtual baptisms?
Renewing Your Church: Recalibrating Your Vision to Create Sustainability
I narrowed the process of church recalibration down to four phases.
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