An Important Look Into Your Church’s Culture – Part 6

In the challenge of helping your congregation adopt some new values, you have to accept that preaching new thinking seldom can be a sufficient strategy on its own. We’ve been considering the path forward, especially for struggling churches, and usually the congregation’s values need some adjustment. Of course, we’re not speaking of the values that

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An Important Look Into Your Church’s Culture – Part 5

Values are the building blocks of culture. In the local church, what we value (or prioritize) ultimately determines our effectiveness even more than great visions and plans. The best ideas will ultimately either be driven by or succumb to your values. As someone has wisely observed, “Culture eats vision for lunch.” In a struggling local

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An Important Look into Your Church’s Culture – Part 4

In our last blog in this series, we talked about finding a few specific targets that could potentially be within reach of your congregation. Now, before we unveil the next step, it’s important to verify that we’ve chosen targets that matter. If we were more friendly would that make a difference? If we truly began to love

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An Important Look into Your Church’s Culture – Part 3

In this series of blogs, we are focusing attention on the hardest places–churches that are seldom addressed in most of the church health literature. These are places where strong leaders seldom go, energetic people seldom stay, and new days simply don’t dawn. So, year after year, the pages of the church calendar find a way to

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An Important Look into Your Church’s Culture – Part 2

In this series of blogs, we are focusing attention on the hardest places–churches that are seldom addressed in most of the church health literature. These are places where strong leaders seldom go, energetic people seldom stay, and new days simply don’t dawn. So, year after year, the pages of the church calendar find a way to

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An Important Look Into Your Church’s Culture – Part 1

Someone has wisely observed that “culture eats vision for lunch.” Okay, that sounds a bit odd, but the idea conveyed is that in a place that needs change, you can’t just talk your way into a new future. There may be some significant reasons why your local church is in the shape it’s in–reasons that

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10 Signs of an Inward-Focused Church

For the past several years, I’ve been a part of a team that crisscrosses the nation to work with local churches–hundreds of them. At the same time, I spend a chunk of my summers poring over church attendance and ministry data, identifying metrics to measure health and real effectiveness, and looking for clues to what

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How a Church SHOULD Grow…

One of the great blessings of working as a national church consultant is the opportunity to see so many unique expressions and diverse journeys of healthy local churches. There’s simply no single way to “do church” and anyone who claims there is undermines the creative genius of the Holy Spirit. But from this privileged vantage point,

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Defining Moments in Church History…(10)

Well, we’ve come to the end of this series having discussed eight significant moments in Church history that have helped carve the landscape of today’s world. Here’s a quick review: 1. A Kingdom of the Gentiles (1st century A.D.) – From its earliest moments, the Church began to spread among the Gentile world until Gentiles

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Defining Moments in Church History…(9)

Well, we’ve come to the end of our list, the last of the eight moments in Church history that have given us the world we dwell in today. Now some may not want to include this final moment, either their doctrinal ideals are not truly affected by the moment or they find it unnecessary to

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