I’m closing in on 20 years working in and with churches. Along the way, I’ve seen many amazing ministries. But I’ve also seen churches do some crazy things. Here are 10 examples of things I’ve seen churches do that lead directly to church splits.
The preservation phase is a challenging season for churches. The signs of decline and lack of health become obvious, but the pain typically isn’t bad enough to foster a desire for change. Wondering if your church is stuck here? Here are some of the characteristics of churches in the preservation phase.
According to recent research, 4 out of 5 people aren’t regularly listening to a podcast. Personally, I have found podcasts to be a valuable tool. I’m sure there are many reasons for those statistics, but I started to wonder if at the most basic level, the majority of people still don’t know exactly what a podcast is or how they could benefit from taking the time to figure it out. So, I wanted to provide a basic rundown of what podcasts are and hopefully answer some questions you may have.
While most churches implement a number of systems to help them carry out their mission, assimilation can often get lost in the shuffle. But assimilation, the process through which we build relationships and connections, lays the foundation for a visitor’s meaningful immersion in the church, and subsequently, their intentional discipleship.
Leading from a scarcity mentality about volunteers can get your church stuck. Here’s what that looks like in the local church and how it can stunt growth.
Churches are typically in the maintenance season for months or even years before they realize it.
The effects of bad stress are obvious. I had reasoned that good stress was acceptable and a part of the job. But the truth is that stress, whether brought about by good times or bad, has the same effect on your physical and spiritual health. Here are 4 principles to help you remove stress from your ministry.
Just when you think you’ve got the latest social media platform figured out (Snapchat, anyone?), another one pops up. While the long-term favorites of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, something new is quickly becoming more popular.
Lack of clarity around decision-making is frustrating many church leaders. Often, it feels like we need to have total consensus to move on anything. So how do we clarify our decision-making strategy?
Most churches start, grow, thrive, decline and eventually end. But I believe God’s plan for our churches is that they grow in maturity towards a peak of sustained health. How can you avoid getting stuck in one of these phases and succeed in experiencing sustained health?