By Erik Parker “You give us hope for the future.” The first time I heard those words, I was 23 years old and in seminary. A group of us had travelled 7 hours, from the prairies to the mountains, to attend a study conference for pastors and other church professionals. We were a group […]
By Carol Howard Merritt It’s probably good that most churches aren’t wrapped up on the latest fads. But there are cultural shifts congregations and church leaders need to track and respond to sensibly. Download the full article.
By Thom Rainer My son, Jess Rainer, and I recently spoke in Texas on the topic of the Millennials, America’s largest generation of nearly 79 million persons. Because we co-authored a book entitledThe Millennials, we have had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of […]
By Thom Rainer It is likely the single day of the year more unchurched decide to visit a church. It is an incredible opportunity for most congregations. While Easter is the day most churchgoers decide to show up at the same time, Christmas Eve is indeed prime time for the unchurched. Why is that? Here […]
By Jonathan Howe It’s November, so it’s time to talk about Christmas—at least that’s what my kids tell me. And with Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, we’ll have more discussion later about what services and activities churches are planning for this year. But for now, let’s talk about Facebook, Christmas, and your church. Facebook […]
By Jonathan Howe Summer often means vacation time and travel for many church members. It also means lower attendance and participation numbers in many churches. While you’ll likely experience some summer lull, you can help minimize this by utilizing one or more of these tips for engaging your church members this summer. Create a […]
By Thom Rainer I love pastors. I love their hearts. I love their commitment to God and to the churches they serve. I also love new pastors. It is fascinating to hear their thoughts after they have served as a pastor for a year or two. I have assembled some of those thoughts in the […]
By Thom Rainer You are the new pastor of the church. Expectations are high on your part and on the members’ part. Perhaps you celebrate with some type of installation service. You are ready to lead and move the church forward. After all, you are the pastor. Right? Wrong. In most established churches, there is […]
A post by Chuck Lawless serves as the basis for today’s podcast. Dr. Lawless has been consulting with churches for nearly two decades and shared ten things he had learned from dozens of church consultations. Download the Full Article.
Adaptive leaders who are seeking to live well have a knack for asking the right questions at the right time to reframe how our ministries unfold. The questions below are ones you may find helpful as you seek to live and lead well. Download the full article.