Posts Categorized: Church Growth

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Sermon Calendar How to Plan a Year of Sermon Series without the Lectionary Creative inspiration for pastors and church leaders By David R. Collins   One of the best things a church can do to grow is to put the lectionary on the shelf and move to series based preaching. But the idea of making the shift can be daunting. Partly because… Read more »

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What should we do with critics? Lead them! David R. Collins There’s been a great deal of ink spilled on how leaders should handle critics. Depending on the book or blog that you read, you can find advice that ranges from loving them into friends, to freezing them out, to burying them. I hear this… Read more »

TLC: Think like a Christian

Churches never die Transforming grump into gratitude  Jeffrey A. Schooley “Depressing” was the only observation from one of my elders after a recent session meeting. We had just reviewed demographic and sociological information from the remarkably helpful data aggregation web company, MissionInsite. The data revealed that much of our immediate community is “irreligious.” In fact, even… Read more »

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Lessons from Disney World Five things the church could learn from the place “Where Dreams Come True” By Joshua Bower Three weeks ago my family took a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. Was it the most magical place on earth? Not exactly. We spent a small fortune on sunscreen (on everything, really), I… Read more »

TLC: Think like a Christian

Desired Distractions? How attention to national “issues” might just be an excuse to avoid local realities by Jeffrey Schooley A congregant recently talked to me – at length – about the bathroom bill in North Carolina. A friend was told by the clerk of his presbytery that he should be prepared for five to six… Read more »

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Creating Direction How to spark growth this fall in your congregation by David Collins Congregations that are stuck have many things in common with each other. The externals are obvious: declining membership, lack of energy, majoring in the minors, etc. But they also share many internals, beliefs and attitudes, which keep them from growing. One… Read more »

One Church, Many Voices

We are living our love of Christ out loud. Our faith may be personal, but it’s not private. How we live it and wield it publicly matters.

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Church growth is not about the easy externals of church life. It is about communicating and embodying the good news of Jesus Christ, sharing it with your community in ways that they will hear it, daily laboring to follow in Christ’s steps as his disciples. It is about remembering that we are promised the grace that comes from a cross, not a smoothie machine. 

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TLC: Think Like a Christian

Seeking transformation through the renewal of our minds   Churches, stop counting your members!A scary story about the Fear-monster in your church’s basement by Jeffrey A. Schooley Since it is Halloween time, I want to tell you a scary story about “Fear-monster.” Fear-monster lives in the basement of your church. He lurks there, consuming the… Read more »

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Blunt truth about church growth   Preaching for growthA few simple (but often overlooked) ideas for creating a sermon that connects with your congregation by David R. Collins What makes for good preaching? It depends on whom you ask. Some people feel like they’ve heard a good sermon if they leave church feeling really guilty… Read more »