You don't have to wait until a church closes its doors to hear some of the sentences that led to its death. Indeed, these three sentences, or something similar to the words, are pervasive in too many churches.
I've had enough. I've heard the lies too many times. It's time for them to end.
It's one of the biggest lies in churches.
It can be the toughest day of the week for pastors.
With some exceptions, it is indeed more difficult to lead churches to growth. Such is a reality that is about 15 years in the making.
I really don't like to share my experience with apologies, because it is evidence of my bad leadership. But leaders need to learn to apologize. Real apologies. Sincere apologies.
Eighteen months ago, I reported on a Twitter poll that asked why churches aren't evangelistic. Since that time, I have followed up by asking the same question of church leaders in both evangelistic and non-evangelistic churches.
I read the sad story recently of a church that fired its pastor because "he didn't visit the members enough." Granted, I don't know all the details about the situation, but I am not optimistic about the church's future.
Let's look at eight key trends in virtual workers in the church. We provide one key service provider for each category.
Would you like to do the worst possible job of getting people involved in ministry in your church?
Your church will lose four categories of church members; and you can do absolutely nothing to stop it.
Too many churches are dying. And the rate of dying churches is accelerating.
Who gets to see all the salaries in a church?
Many church members are encouragers to their pastors. Pastors often lose perspective when a few critical church members become a persistent pain and challenge.
What do you hear from your church members that gives you the greatest encouragement?
I receive volumes of blog comments, emails, and social media communications every day. On occasion, one of those comments will stop me in my tracks, like this recent blog post comment.
But what do we do with the concept of dual membership? As a rule, most of us believers should belong to one and only one local congregation. We need to be accountable to one body and ministering where we live. But I can see some exceptions.
I love rookie pastors. As I have worked with hundreds of rookie pastors over the years, I see a pattern of mistakes many of them make. I pray my highlighting of these eight common mistakes will be helpful to some of you.
There are times we are to plant ourselves firmly in the place God has called us. But there are also times to leave or uproot.
It's a sad story. But it's a story I hear many times. The church has an opening. The church advertises the opening. The church announces it will receive résumés.
It's one thing for me to state the obvious: the traits of a bully. But it's another thing for me to provide early warning signs so you won't be blindsided. Here are eight of those warning signs:
I need to write these words quickly lest I become too comfortable or too complacent.
Would you like every guest who attends your church to become an active and fruitful member?
So, what if we could look into the future ten years from now, and see the characteristics of the healthiest churches in America? Would you be willing to make changes now? Take a look.
I'm in trouble. I just read the title of this post, and I know I'm asking for trouble. I might have offended some people already.