Month: November 2011

Turning New Friends into a New Day for Your Church – Step 3

As we’ve been discussing, many churches fail to invest in the new life opportunities that come their way. They continue to pour their resources into familiar holes, often because the long-term members demand it. A church must invest in its new life, then begin to follow where that growth is leading, and finally, the third

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Turning New Friends into a New Day for Your Church – Step 2

As we pointed out last time, many churches fail to invest in the new life opportunities that come their way. They continue to pour their resources into familiar holes, often because the long-term members demand it. But once a church wisens to the need for investing in new life, a second step begins to rise

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Turning New Friends into a New Day for Your Church

With upward of 70% of churches today either plateaued or declining, and the growing 30% wanting to grow more, every pastor looks forward to the possibility of new people attending his church. Both numbers and common sense tell us that growth can only happen with new people (or more baby dedications than funerals). But many

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Are Churches Growing?

Numbers tell an interesting story. The average number of people attending the worship service of a U.S. AG church each weekend has climbed to just over 151 (2010 ACMR). This number marks the seventh consecutive year of increase and the highest average attendance for the U.S. Assemblies of God ever–an 18% increase over the past

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