5 Numbers to Watch this Fall
5 Numbers to Watch this Fall. Travis Stephens. September through November has always been a season of growth at the church I serve. They're the key to church growth.
Cybersecurity Month: Smart Devices in the Home and Office
How some easy steps can prevent your most common devices from becoming a threat.
There's been explosive growth in the number of IoT devices available, from thermostats, security cameras, and wireless printers to smart speakers like Google Home. What's the risk?
Want Real Church Growth? Don’t Fill Your Building, Empty It
Churches emptying out into their community to share the good news is a greater sign of effective ministry than an increase in church attendance will ever be.
Church GrowthJuly 23, 2018. Want Real Church Growth? Don't Getting more people to go to church has never been the point of church growth. Jesus didn
What You Need to Know About Compensation Surveys
Used correctly, good surveys are helpful tools for setting fair and reasonable compensation.
reasonable, and competitive wages. Salary survey data can also be used by church leadership to plan for growth and for recruiting new, high-performing talent.
The Biggest Misunderstanding About Small Church Pastors
We don't have a limited vision. Our best contributions to Christ’s kingdom happen to be in a smaller setting.
Too many people (especially fellow pastors) think that small church pastors aren't interested in church growth. That we've given up on reaching new people.
Why We Stopped Taking Attendance At Our Church For A While
Getting more precise numbers wasn’t going to fix the obvious problems or identify the undiscovered ones.
As the church grew, I calculated growth patterns, percentages, demographics, you name it. I found that counting wasn't just important and helpful, it was fun. When we were growing.
If A Church Isn’t Growing, Should The Pastor Be Fired?
Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if they don't hit certain levels of numerical increase.
Church GrowthJuly 13, 2018. If A Church Isn't Growing, Should The Pastor Be Fired? Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if
Bigger? Or Better? Yes, Your Church Has A Choice
“It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you’re maximizing growth, you’re also maximizing success.” (Bo Burlingham, in Small Giants)
Or Better? Yes, Your Church Has A Choice “It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that if you're maximizing growth, you're also maximizing success.” (Bo Burlingham, in Small Giants).
‘What Should I Do to Become a Pastor?’
I work for a seminary, but my advice for aspiring ministers doesn’t start there.
The church community can provide many sets of eyes to observe and assess their readiness for This growth in self-awareness will serve future pastors well for years of effective ministry.
Church Growth: Use The Principles, Don’t Buy The Hype
When it comes to church growth and health, we need to lower the volume and listen with both discernment and faith.
When it comes to church growth and health, we need to lower the volume and listen with both discernment and faith. Church GrowthMarch 02, 2018.
The World Isn’t Looking For a Bigger Church, They Want A Better Church
What people really want from the church are the characteristics the New Testament has always told us the church is supposed to be about.
What Does A Better Church Experience Look Like? It's only pastors who say “you know what the problem is with that church? The Evangelistic Attraction Of A Better Church.
7 Ideas for Improving Bible Engagement in Your Church
How to encourage a deeper experience of Scripture.
Last year he told me he hadn't been to church since before he served in Vietnam. and Cally Parkinson, in their book Move, share their findings from researching spiritual growth in 1,000
Celebrating 50,000 Baptisms – No Matter How Many Churches It Takes
Saddleback Church deserves to be honored for baptizing 50,000 people over the last 38 years. But we should never limit our attention to churches with outsized numbers.
Small Church MinistryAugust 22, 2018. Celebrating 50,000 Baptisms – No Matter How Many Churches It Takes Saddleback Church deserves to be honored
Let’s Ask Better Questions About Church Size
Instead of asking “what’s the best church size?” we need to ask “what’s the best church size for a given situation?”
Some church growth proponents might argue that, whatever your size, “just a little bigger” would be better. Many house church attenders would propose that smaller is better.
Confronting the Toxic Power in Me
High-profile stories of fallen pastors can distract us from ourselves or hold up a mirror to our souls.
We recommend this Building Church Leaders training tool: Spiritual Disciplines Assessment Pack It wasn't a church sanctuary filled with 3,000 people, but it might as well have been.