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.
I wanted to hear from churchgoers what their favorite and least favorite instruments are. Some of the responses were anticipated. Many were not.
If everyone who had dropped out of our congregations in the past decade returned, the typical church would triple in worship attendance.
One of the key metrics of financial giving in a church is per member giving: What is the average giving per member or per attendee? Per member giving is often masked by fluctuations in attendance and membership. The most effective measure is to calculate the average giving per member.
I love this time of year. I love celebrating the Savior's birth, and I love getting together with family.
In a recent Twitter survey, I asked respondents to share with me a singular event that impressed them in a church worship service. In fact, most of the respondents said they were "delighted" or "surprised," and that the one event made them desire to return to the church.
I have been writing on trends in churches for two decades. I certainly don't have a perfect record with my predictions, but my overall record is pretty good.