Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 2

There are numerous realities that differ between the smaller and larger setting. Societal shifting – General population has been moving from the small place to the large place for many years now. This relocation of people has caused the shrinking of many communities, which affects the opportunities of many smaller churches. Consumer mentality – As

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 1

Now, you may be wondering where we draw the line between the larger and smaller church and that’s a fair question. Since nearly 2/3 of Assemblies of God churches welcome less than 100 to weekend worship and more than 80% have fewer than 200, there’s probably a lot more of us on the smaller side

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Getting to the Next Level – Part 4 of 4

Here in our final blog in the series, “Getting to the Next Level,” we are ready to discuss the final and most critical of the three elements that will help you move forward. You’ll recall that we have already discussed Excellence and Organization (the first two elements). But without this final element, what grows won’t

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Getting to the Next Level – Part 3 of 4

This week, we continue to explore the three key elements of getting your church to the “next level” by looking at the second critical component–Organization. 2. Organization Organization asks the question, “Who is falling through the cracks?” The question seeks to explore what we are losing track of because your level of organization will ultimately determine

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Getting to the Next Level – Part 2 of 4

Last time, we began introduced our journey through the three key elements of getting your church to the “next level.” This week, let’s look at the first of these–Excellence. 1. Excellence Excellence asks the question, “Are we doing things well?” As the label implies, this element focuses on the quality with which we do what

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Getting to the Next Level – Part 1 of 4

It’s the question we’re asked the most in the church health world, “How do we get to the next level?” Of course, the idea of “next level” can mean many things. It can speak to effectiveness, community impact, attendance or membership, and perhaps other elements of the local church agenda. But typically, the one asking

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Unnoticed? Join the Club–it’s a good one! Part 5

Today, we finish our look at the “parable of the talents” and the insights it offers for those of us who weren’t given as much talent as others. To catch the whole conversation, check out the previous four blogs titled, Unnoticed? Join the club…it’s a good one! 3. Duplicate Response The final piece of comparison between

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Unnoticed? Join the club–It’s a good one! Part 4

We have been were looking at the second servant in the Parable of the Talents and what we can learn from his curious presence in this unusual story. If your just joining us, catch up on our discussion at… https://healthychurchnet.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/unnoticed-join-the-club-its-a-good-one-part-1-2/ https://healthychurchnet.wordpress.com/2019/02/18/unnoticed-join-the-club-its-a-good-one-part-2/ https://healthychurchnet.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/unnoticed-join-the-club-its-a-good-one-part-3/   Differing Expectations Expectations are the backbone of effort. We want to know

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Unnoticed? Join the club–It’s a good one! Part 3

1. Distinctive Assignment Imagine you’re the master in this story; making plans for your trip and the bags of gold you’ve accumulated. How will you manage such responsibilities? Whom do you trust with what assignments? This isn’t hard to understand, is it? We leave a list of chores for the kids or make assignments to

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Unnoticed? Join the Club–It’s a good one! Part 2

Sociologists have sold a few books discussing the plight of middle children, haven’t they? Apparently they live in the breeding ground for the overlooked. My wife and I are both oldest children, and we only brought two sons into the world, so we haven’t needed much of this literature, but I’ve read enough to feel

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