CCLP Bonus 003: Carey Nieuwhof on What Churches Need to Do When Christians Are the Minority

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How can Christian leaders respond when in one life time, Christanity went from being the majority culture to being a tiny minority in our nation? This bonus episode features Carey Nieuwhof’s keynote address on 3 things churches need to do to win in the current Canadian culture.

Welcome to Bonus Episode 003 of the podcast, which you can access on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

A Mission Partner

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Want to Reach More People?

Canadian Church Leaders Conference

How different is ministry in Canada?

Join us June 14-16, 2018 in Barrie, Ontario for the Canadian Church Leaders Conference, a conference designed to help Canadian Church Leaders reach people.  Intimate, interactive and featuring all new talks. This years speakers include Laurel Buckingham (Moncton Wesleyan), Shaila Visser (Alpha Canada),  Jon Thompson (C4 Church), Jeff Brodie (Connexus) and Carey Nieuwhof. 

The 2017 event sold out in advance. Secure your spot now before tickets are gone. Grab the super early bird rate by October 15th for the best deal! 

3 Insights from This Episode

1. God does incredible things when the odds are stacked against you

When Pharaoh changed his mind after freeing the Israelites, he chased after them and God’s people panicked. They were filled with fear and certain that death was imminent, but Moses encouraged the crowd to trust and wait for God’s rescue.

Like the Israelites, our people are in a time of waiting. The intensity of evil trying to run our ministries to the ground can bring so much doubt and discouragement. But God is behind your dreams. Trust and wait. Movements are born in moments like this and God can do incredible things when the odds are stacked against you.

2. Division is a terrible strategy for growing a community of believers

Division isn’t just sinful, it’s a terrible strategy that stunts growth. We have to focus on what we have in common instead of how we are different. That’s what Jesus was all about, right?

We need each other. If we all lean in together we can build so much more momentum to move forward.

3. More relationships and less pride are the keys to uniting a minority culture

There are two major reasons churches focus on division instead of unity.

1. Lack of relationship – We know about each other, but we don’t have a relationship with each other.

2. Pride – Do we want to see other churches succeed or just our own? 

Leaders must realize that God can do so much more with an entire community of churches than He can with just one. Get to know your neighbouring churches and see what uniting a community can do. There’s no room for rivalry, only relationship. 

Quotes from This Episode

Does Church in Canada Have to Stay Small?

So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier.

You’re reaching new families every month, but it’s like pouring water into a leaking bucket: you just can’t grow past your current plateau. What gives?

Breaking 200 Without Breaking You can help you and your team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.

So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 50, 100 or 200 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.

The course tackles eight key issues that keep churches from passing the 200 barrier and beyond. It includes:

  • 8 videos designed to guide you and your leadership team through all the key growth barriers smaller churches face.
  • 150 page downloadable workbook for you and your team.
  • 12 licenses, so you can take your entire team through it—board, staff, key volunteers—whoever you want (that’s about $20 a person).
  • A bonus cheat sheet with access to 20 free resources designed to take you further.
  • A private Breaking 200 Facebook Group access exclusive to the first 1000 purchasers.

So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.

Click here to get instant access!

The podcast releases the first Monday of every month.

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Next Episode: Christine Birch

Christine Birch has been part of megachurches in Toronto, New Jersey and most recently, as the Connections Director at Connexus Church.

Christine shares insights on how the churches she’s been a part of have reached people, and shares how she’s helped assimilate guests and move people into community to help keep Connexus growing.

Subscribe for free now and you won’t miss Episode 013.

CCLP Bonus 003: Carey Nieuwhof on What Churches Need to Do When Christians Are the Minority


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