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5 Hard Truths About Healthy Church Growth

Most church leaders I know would love to see their church grow. Similarly, most leaders I’ve met want their church to grow for what we might call the ‘right’ reasons: they sincerely want more people to encounter the love of Jesus Christ. That’s amazing. And yet there’s a strong reaction against growing churches by many…

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10 Church Growth Strategies That Cost Zero Dollars

So you want your church to accomplish its mission and reach people. But so often in church leadership, it’s easy to believe growth can’t really happen unless you spend money on some new initiatives. And that leaves a lot of church leaders stuck. Why? Because the vast majority of churches are underfunded, not over-funded. Faced with a…

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7 Subtle Signs Your Church Is Dying

How do you know if your church is dying? It’s a question that all leaders should ask—even leaders of growing churches. As with almost everything in life, there are subtle signs your peak may be near or you may be cresting past it. Other times, the signs of death are evident to everyone but the leaders. If…

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3 Things That Are Sabotaging the Church’s Future

Without a doubt, you’ve already realized it’s more complex to be a leader today than it was even a few decades ago. With the vast majority of churches and organizations struggling in some way, it’s time to rethink our future mission. Attendance at most churches is stagnant or dropping and even whole denominations are being redefined, because, as I…

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7 Signs Your Church Will Never Change

There’s a very good chance you’re trying to change something in your church or organization. There’s even a decent chance some of you are trying to change everything. I’ve been there. Just because God never changes doesn’t mean your church shouldn’t. In fact, the most effective churches change constantly. Effective churches never change the mission or the…

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How Pastoral Care Stunts the Growth of Most Churches

Of all the mysteries that shouldn’t be mysteries, why most churches remain small is perhaps the greatest. I’m sure there are a few leaders who want to keep their churches small, or who don’t care about growth. But most small church leaders and pastors I meet actually want to reach more people. They want to see their mission…

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