Category: Healthy Church Network blog

As Senior Director for the Healthy Church Network, Mike works with many churches as they find ways to be more effective. This blog is aimed at giving the local church leader what’s needed for ministry at the next level.

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 – 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 – 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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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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Five New Questions People are Asking When They Visit Your Church – 2

The questions people are asking when they walk through your doors have changed over the past decade. Questions like, “How’s the music?” or “Is the preaching good?” or even “What do they have for my kids?” have slid down the list for many. Yes, a quality presentation and excellent children’s ministries still matter, but those

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5 Questions People Are Asking When They Visit Your Church – Part 1

The questions people are asking when they walk through your doors have changed over the past decade. Questions like, “How’s the music?” or “Is the preaching good?” or even “What do they have for my kids?” have slid down the list for many. Yes, a quality presentation and excellent children’s ministries still matter, but those

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Growing People Grow Churches

Too often congregations think if my pastor will excel in his job, then our church will grow. But there is an agenda for each of us, and frankly, there is one thing the pastor can’t do for me. There is something we must GET and if we don’t, our church will never move toward greater

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Being Intentional…

The meaning of the word intentional is important to a leader. Every leader knows that being intentional is something he’s supposed to be, but what does it really mean? In the purest sense, being intentional means to do things on purpose. You know, the “I meant to do that” kind of approach to your work.

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