Month: September 2011

Transitions and the Staff Member

When a pastor leaves, everyone is affected. Deacons are thrust into a frenzy of activity, staff members find their future up in the air, and the people of the church are forced to face a future without the secure feeling their pastor provided. Because pastoral staff members are often the most visible of these affected

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Breaking the 100 Barrier

Here’s a few thoughts from pastors who are leading their churches past the 100 barrier… It’s impossible to grow a church beyond 100 people if there’s one person who makes all the decisions and calls all the shots. Okay, impossible may be too strong, but the emphasis is clear. Breaking the 100 barrier is all

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4 Decisions Necessary for Change

When I walked into Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kansas eleven years ago, there were many challenges, but I was fortunate to find a group of people ready to face those challenges. Soon I realized that while I was the 13th pastor in that church’s nearly nine decades of ministry life, I was given a

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5 Factors That Keep a Church Under 200

In his book, How to Break the 200 Barrier, C. Peter Wagner identifies five institutional factors that keep a local church attendance under 200: 1. The desire to preserve social intimacy 2. The desire to maintain control 3. The desire to conserve memories 4. The desire to protect turf 5. The desire to remain comfortable

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