I am not in church. Sure, I have visited churches several times, but I gave up.
One of the largely unspoken phenomenon of the past decade has been the decline in large churches located at only one site. Most of the large church growth today is taking place at multisite churches.
Let me take you behind the scenes again in the life of a pastor.
The title may not be precise, but it will be close. Why am I confident about making this prediction? Allow me to offer five reasons.
What if church members began their own form of sermon preparation?
It's really a difficult question. Who should be able to see what each person gives to the church? Let's look at six perspectives.
This issue is all about those times when someone stands up to speak to the entire congregation. So what's the big deal about church announcements? How could something so innocuous cause problems?
Why might your church's offerings be struggling? Here are six clear reasons.
There are few topics that evoke as much emotion as politics. The intensity of emotions is particularly evident during presidential elections.
Whenever I do any type of consultation with a church, I ask to see attendance records. And though it is not a rule without exception, I typically see three to four spikes in attendance.
The church of 150 in attendance averaged two first-time guests a week, or 100 a year. How many joined the church? Only three.
This approach to ministry may be one of the most neglected opportunities to get guests connected to your church.
It is almost an unspoken phenomenon in church life.
You won't hear pastors express these frustrations often, but they are very real.
This verse in Scripture cannot be more compelling or clearer: "Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:27)
I recently spoke with a pastor who was tearfully concerned about his health insurance. He had just received notice of a large premium increase that he could not afford. With a diabetic child, he did not know what to do.
By almost any metric, pastors and church staff are not overpaid.
Lately, I've been hearing many pastors talk about the importance of doing most of their sermon preparation on Monday.
I was recently in a church that had several signs posted about not bringing food or drinks in the worship center. I asked a guest what he thought of the signs. His response was telling.
"Hey, I'm not on the church payroll. Go complain to someone else!" The moment the words left his mouth, he knew he blew it.
Her departure stunned the members and leadership. She was the one member you could count on. She was there "every time the doors were open." And then she never showed up again.
Do not ask to rub the eyebrows of a guest who visits your church.
Is it possible to find one common factor in the lives and ministries of the most effective church leaders?
They are appearing on the scene quietly. Not many pundits are noticing the emerging trend. They are a different kind of bivocational pastor.
LifeWay Research recently released a study about pastors who left the pastorate before they were retirement age.