We know we want our churches to be healthy and experience growth. Sustained growth means we are consistently reaching new hearts for Christ! But with roughly 80% of US churches experiencing decline, what is keeping our churches from growing?
Why are we more inclined to talk with a spouse, friend or mentor?
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.
Our culture continues to change at a rapid rate. The minute we think we have understood a cultural shift and adjusted our approach we recognize it has changed yet again. The effectiveness of your church is influenced greatly by your understanding of the culture which God has placed your church in.
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.
Often this time of year it’s hard to see past the holidays. The journey from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years often feels like a blur with its flurry of activity.
If you've been around the church any amount of time you've probably seen this play out: A leader casts a vision for an event, or a ministry or a season, and before he finishes exhaling the room starts splitting in half. Some (hopefully most!) people are on board, but there are others who resent the idea and either grumble and complain, or leave the organization.
If you’re in leadership, you’ve probably said, heard or read the church vision or mission statements more times than you can count. At some point, it starts sounding boring to you.
Part of the life cycle for many churches is the planning and implementation of a “Master Plan” for the development of the church campus. When first introduced to your congregation, Master Plan’s are a great tool for casting vision, and getting people excited for what’s to come, they can also be a great tool for forecasting growth, making financial projections, and guiding a church through tough times.