Regardless of uniqueness, every church has the potential to go through a very similar life cycle.
Once upon a time…
In a far off land there lived a leader who supervised three little pigs. The leader was committed to excellence in his life and in his organization. He knew there was a direct correlation between the quality of the houses his pigs built and the success they had in protecting themselves from the big, bad wolves.
I’ve been saying this for years now, but I get tired of church marketing. The advertisements, the clever slogans, the social media strategies. Many churches try to achieve success by using the right tactics, by “appealing” to the right audience. But in some cases marketing is a barrier to the advancement of the Gospel message. It can actually be a hindrance for the church.
As you probably know from my previous writing, I’m a big proponent of engaging volunteers in the ministry of the church. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to start a practical conversation about mobilizing volunteers better in 2016. But before we get into some practical advice, I want to address one of the most important and yet often ignored aspects of equipping volunteers to do ministry: helping them identify and then use their gifts.
God gives every Christ-follower one or more spiritual gifts. He does this to strengthen the body of Christ. When God’s in control of these gifts in our lives, the impact of our mission, together, is incredible. It’s one of the ways God designed the church to reproduce itself.
But how do we help people determine their gifts?
We recently released an updated version of my eBook Vital Signs: Why Church Health Matters and 14 Ways to Measure It. In it, we look at 14 key metrics that help assess the true health of churches.
As we continue this discussion on church health, I caught up with J.R. Lee, Lead Pastor of Freedom Church in Acworth, Georgia to talk about the Staff-to-Attendees ratio vital sign, and hear how Freedom remains a rapidly growing church, while employing fewer staff members than would be expected for a church of its size. Check out the interview below.
Last week, we released an updated version of my eBook Vital Signs: Why Church Health Matters and 14 Ways to Measure It. In it, we look at 14 key metrics that help assess the true health of churches.
As we continue this discussion on church health, I caught up with Mike Mannes, Lead Pastor of Southside Church in British Columbia, to talk about the baptism rate vital sign, and how Southside is seeing so many people — 13% of their average attendance each year — take this step. Check out the interview below.
I don’t like the term “church consulting.”
Yes, it’s on my website. There’s a simple reason for that: Church leaders aren’t searching the web for “ministry health assessments” or “strategic planning,” though I wish they would. That would mean those things were top of mind — but for most pastors, they aren’t.
A “growth barrier” is an abstract wall, even though it can feel like a literal one. There’s nothing special about numbers that end in zero, but we often hear pastors express frustration that their church can’t seem to grow beyond 1,000 or 2,000 or whatever the number is.
When you’re feeling stuck, it’s easy to start grasping at all kinds of methods that larger churches have used to catapult you forward. The problem is, that’s not strategic leadership.
We help churches get unstuck. If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know we do that through church consulting and leadership coaching experiences that help you focus your vision, strategies and action.
We believe we have a unique approach to how we serve churches, and we’ve been trying to capture it. Here’s the list we came up with. (And because we really like our over-sized note pads and Sharpies, we made a chart.)
We talk all the time about the ways churches get stuck and our perspective on how they can get unstuck. In our line of work, we meet church leaders who have some huge challenges in front of them. We are continually encouraged by the creativity and energy so many pastors bring to the mission.
So, throughout 2015, we made it a point to share stories from pastors we worked with all across the country when we thought they might encourage you. As we begin to wrap up the year, we wanted to share a recap of the pastor interviews we published this year.
Dr. Aron Willis | Indiana North District of The Wesleyan Church
Pastor Shayne O’Brien | Rockpointe Church in Leander, Texas
Pastor Kurt Nichols | New Song Fellowship Church in Valparaiso, Indiana
Pastor Jeff Price | Calvary Church in Woodstock, Ontario
Pastor Jeff Arnett | Thornapple Valley Church in Hastings, Michigan
Pastor Anthony Milas | Granite United Church in New Hampshire and Massachusetts
Pastors Ken Wooten and Gabe Kolstad | Westside Community Church in Beaverton, Oregon
Pastor Don Allen | The Church at War Hill in Dawsonville, Georgia
Pastor Phil Chorlian | North Jersey Vineyard Church in Teterboro, New Jersey