The #MeToo Movement will be one of the historic markers of 2018. Its impact is felt in the entertainment industry, in politics, in businesses and, undoubtedly, in churches.
A member of the Church Answers community recently asked about the characteristics of healthy churches today. Immediately, I began to review churches that were having great community impact, whose members regularly had gospel conversations, and whose leaders faithfully preached the Word with power every week.
I asked seasoned pastors to share with me the areas they wish they could be better prepared and better equipped. The results were voluminous, and the needs are great. Here are the top eight:
I will save the discussion for later on how to deal with toxicity in the church. For now, let's look at what happens in a church when toxic members leave.
I put the statement on social media. The responses were voluminous. After a couple of days, I had to stop counting and tally the results. There were hundreds of them.
Indeed, I believe church revitalization leaders should be consummate students of risk taking and change leadership. Let me offer five reasons why:
The rebellious generation may become the religious generation.
Here is where I take a contrarian position compared to many others, including positions I have held in the past: Of the 300,000 churches in need of revitalization, 100,000 will revitalize organically or internally, and another 100,000 will be revitalized through replanting. It's a bold assertion, but something that could very well unfold over the next five to ten years.
So, how will these 300,000 churches in need of revitalization be impacted by the wave that is coming? Let's look at three major categories.
The question was simple: "What is your church known for in its community?" Within a few minutes of my post, many responses came forth. After I read and added all of them, I saw three patterns emerge.
My list is not exhaustive, but I do believe it is telling. In each of the corporate leaders' and union leaders' lives, the following patterns began to emerge. In them you can see the signs of hubris for any leader.
Remember when denominational names were en vogue? Remember when you could figure out which denominational church came to the city first: First Methodist; First Baptist; First Presbyterian? Remember when you could tell two churches that split: Harmony Baptist Church and Greater Harmony Baptist Church?
I have a pretty good track record of seeing the future of churches in America. I hope I am not making such a statement out of arrogance or delusion.
Certainly, this post was at least partly prompted by the incredible number of sad, tragic, and horrific events in my denomination.
I want you to know you are not alone. Ministry can be tough. Ministry can be frustrating. Ministry can even be depressing. But ministry in the local church can also be one of the greatest joys you've ever known.
Church bylaws are a necessity, both from a legal and an organizational perspective. They provide the framework from which the organization exists and operates.
I wish I had objective data on the length of time between pastors. I can say anecdotally the time is much longer than it used to be. A whole lot longer.
How can we explain the death of ongoing outreach by our churches? I've worked with thousands of churches, so I have a few ideas.
Comparing your church to another church can be one of the worst things you do as a church leader.
Depending on how you define it, somewhere around seven to eight out of ten churches are in need of revitalization.
Here are 15 of the funnier surprise searches at my site, in no particular order.
I have noticed at Church Answers and social media an unusually high number of questions about preparation for Easter Sunday.
For the past two years, I have been monitoring the comments and challenges mentioned by church leaders. I am attempting to answer the question: What is hindering many of our churches from achieving health and vitality?
Most church members have no idea their pastor is depressed.
Why are the giving levels in your church down? See if any of these causative factors may be at work in your congregation.