Understanding Vision

What is vision? In today’s climate, the word is used in so many different ways one can find it frustrating to wade through all the definitions. So even my title might cause you to raise an eyebrow in suspicion. For this moment, let’s define vision as the central focus of your church. What is it

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Outward Focus Will Stop Decline

Since we work with many plateaued and/or declining churches, it doesn’t take long to identify common threads. Many churches, regardless of size, struggle with these two issues for the same reasons. And the common causes? For plateaus, the issue is a lack of vision; for declines, the culprit is almost always inward focus. Inward focus

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Sunday…

Thanks to an excellent message from our pastor this Sunday, I am reminded that Sunday isn’t really “game day” for the church. Sure, we put a lot of effort into the worship event. We practice music until every bridge can be crossed smoothly and transition navigated without painful pause. We hone messages ’til they match

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One Sunday…

Not long ago I found myself navigating yet another church visitor card as my weekend work of church consulting was fully underway. This, like so many congregations I’ve encountered, seemed like a nice gathering of nice people who wanted me to have a nice time in their house of worship. Lots of smiles, warm handshakes

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Reaching the Next Level – 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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Reaching the Next Level – 3

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. 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 how

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Reaching the Next Level – 2

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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Reaching the Next level – 1

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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Being the Church (Part 3)

I’ll never forget the conversation I had with a young man while at the church I pastored for a decade. He was pretty new to the whole idea of church, the Gospel, and, well, just about everything we did as a community of faith. The memorable conversation began with his phone call–a quick and simple request

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Being the Church (Part 2)

For as long as I can remember, I have heard the Sunday challenge to be a world-changer on Monday. Somehow my pastor knew that I (and apparently others) could be tempted to separate those two days, Sunday and Monday, as though one was for God and the other could be guided by my agenda. Over

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