Month: June 2013

Rules of Thumb – Part 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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Rules of Thumb – Part 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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Rules of Thumb – Part 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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Rules of Thumb – Part 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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