Love covers…

Some time ago, I spent a Sunday with a small congregation, nestled in a suburb of Rochester, New York. When the dictionary attempts to define wonderful people, a snapshot of these friends would suffice. They are simply genuine, loving people, and that covers a lot. As in many settings like theirs, there are some desired

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Revisiting Rules of Thumb for Church Leaders – 5

Let’s take one final look at some more “rules of thumb” for congregational management. Remember, the idea of “rule of thumb” is a general estimate, as there will be churches that succeed, even though they may not hit every recommended measure. 1. You can typically park 100-125 cars per acre. If you use an average

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Revisiting Rules of Thumb for Church Leaders – 4

Continuing our look at ministry “rules of thumb,” let’s look at a few that relate to small groups. These are taken from Gary McIntosh’s book, Church That Work. This is an excellent book for providing insight into virtually every area of church and ministry management. The book is published by Baker Books, and is well

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Revisiting Rules of Thumb for Church Leaders – 3

Let’s take a look at some “rules of thumb” for your efforts to welcome newcomers into your congregation. These come from Gary McIntosh’s excellent book, Church That Works: Your One-Stop Resource for Effective Ministry. 1. 60% of your guests come with little or no knowledge of church. So don’t assume the majority of your attendance understand

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Revisiting Rules of Thumb for Church Leaders – 2

Financial “rules of thumb” for churches help pastors know if their people are practicing Biblical stewardship and can aid lenders and other financial providers in determining the financial health of the congregation. Certainly economic conditions affect the local church, but the following measures can generally be applied in the United States: The average weekly contributions

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Revisiting Rules of Thumb for Church Leaders – 1

A few years back, I ran this series of blogs. Let’s take another look at some general ideas or “rules of thumb” for church leaders… What is a “rule of thumb?” There’s some debate as to the original idea of the phrase, but most attribute the origin to the use of the tip of one’s

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Build the Church? Whose Job is that Anyway?

In these few weeks where our crowds cannot gather and our technologies to maintain them are being tested, we have an opportunity to reflect on the work we are doing. As a pastor, such seasons of evaluation almost always led me to the question, “Jesus are we close? Are we truly doing your thing or

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Getting on the Same Page

Honestly, vision is a word that is overused. For many, the mere mention of the “v” word causes the eyes to glaze over as the reader imagines another round of motivational speeches that amount to very little for the organization. Vision books and seminars are everywhere, and many already have cool phrases on their walls

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5 Questions People are Asking When They Visit Your Church – 5

In recent weeks, we’ve looked at the what people are wondering when they visit your church. As we have said, the questions have changed. Once, people wondered what the music was like or if the preaching was any good. But these issues only matter to churched people. The folks we are trying to reach have

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5 New Questions People are Asking When They Visit Your Church – 4

Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at the what people are wondering when they visit your church. As we have said, the questions have changed. Once, people wondered what the music was like oe if the preaching was any good. But these issues only matter to churched people. The folks we are trying to

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