Confession time: my husband and I have a favorite guest speaker at our church. In fact, attendance is consistently higher when this pastor visits to preach! So a couple of years ago, we decided to visit his home church as a part of our anniversary date. And boy, were we surprised!
Once you have guests visiting your church the goal is to get them to stick around.
If you were to ask ten people in your congregation what your churches vision is what would they say?
Perhaps more than ever there are people analyzing the health of the Christian Church in real time.
It seems like everything would improve if you could just get more people to attend…
For many churches the natural path seems to be to continue add new ministries and initiatives each year with little consideration on the impact on the church as a whole.
Life is full of conflict. Good vs. Evil. Right vs. Wrong. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Conflict is a normal part of life that can't be avoided. Given that reality, you have a choice to make: What conflicts am I going to embrace, and what conflicts am I going to avoid?
It's common to hear stories of churches that come face to face with a financial crisis and decide that it's finally time to make some changes to their style of ministry. But what about churches that aren't facing a financial crisis and don't "have" to change to stay afloat?
Have you ever visited a church where everyone wears their "Sunday best", the pastor smiles and is cleanly shaven, but when it comes time for the call to salvation at the end of the service, you can hear the crickets chirping? Perhaps things are going too well at your church, or running too smoothly.
It's easy to prepare for disasters (fire insurance, fire extinguishers, escape plans) but what about growth? Have you stopped and thought: "Would our current processes work if we were twice our current size? What would need to change? What would stay the same?"