Category: Leadership and Life

Revisiting Rules of Thumb for Church Leaders – 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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Revisiting Rules of Thumb for Church Leaders – 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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Getting on the Same Page

Honestly, vision is a word that is overused. For many, the mere mention of the “v” word causes the eyes to glaze over as the reader imagines another round of motivational speeches that amount to very little for the organization. Vision books and seminars are everywhere, and many already have cool phrases on their walls

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5 Questions People are Asking When They Visit Your Church – 5

In recent 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 or if the preaching was any good. But these issues only matter to churched people. The folks we are trying to reach have

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5 Questions People Are Asking When They Visit Your Church – 3

Question number three on the minds of those who visit your church is, “Will this place add value to my life? A few decades ago, people faithfully attended church because it was their church. Sunday after Sunday, they demonstrated their worship habit as a real habit. Some were even so attached to their local church that

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Who’s On Your Side?

When I first stepped into the pastoral role of a aging, struggling congregation, I wasn’t sure what to believe would be most important. In the years since, that answer has become quite clear–building the right team. I look back now and see how fortunate I was to have people who believed in me come alongside

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Are Your Convictions Causing Conflict at Church?

There are few things more devastating to a community and to individual lives than conflicts at church. Somehow we expect difficult moments and relational challenges at work, at home, and in just about every other setting of our lives. But church? Well, that just shouldn’t be. Okay, yes, we could argue that a local church

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Critical Steps for Assimilating New Friends in Your Church

Entire books have been written on the subject of Guest Assimilation, so fully tackling such a huge issue in a short blog isn’t realistic. But most of us who lead local churches need to get the basics down so we can begin building our effort. Here’s four key rites of passage for the guest. Week

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 4

As we engage the final of our four questions for the new pastor, let’s take a quick moment to review the first three pursuits. We began with “where.” This is the question that centers you into a location, a specific setting, a cultural context and a people group. Knowing where you are is always the

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4 Questions for the New Pastor – Part 1

While there are mountains of books and articles that discuss the various elements of church planting, health, development, leadership, revitalization, and any other category we’ve managed to envision, most pastors are just looking for a clear response to a single question–what should I do? Given that I’ve contributed to the aforementioned pile of of resources,

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