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The 5 Steps to Revitalize Your Church

ROOT CAUSE FOR THE CHURCH'S DECLINE & ITS PATH TO REVITALIZATION

"Any organization not focused on its customers or focused on the wrong customers, cannot succeed."

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Rescue Your Church from the Slippery Slope

Conyers, GA, USA - August 22, 2015: Competitors carefully make their way down a large slippery dirt mound at the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Course race in Conyers, GA.

After college I spent 2 years on Capitol Hill working for a U.S. Congressman, got an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, served for 15 years as a management consultant to business executives, and invested the past 13 years running a ministry devoted to serving churches.  Yes, quite a varied career, but the Lord had a plan throughout.  He showed me that there are similar, hard-to-resist forces at work in all three…

Entrepreneurial Life Cycle

  • A company begins with a solid understanding of customer needs
  • Founder sees an opportunity to provide better products and services
  • That commitment to serving target customers leads to success
  • Infrastructure struggles under the weight of the resulting growth
  • Spurring process improvement and restructurings,
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Aug 24, 2016 Admin

4 Keys to Increasing Giving at Your Church

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Redefining members (not pastors and staff) as the “church” and the community (not members) as the “customer” would reverse the lens through which churches evaluate nearly every decision they make today.  The most controversial and challenging aspect of adopting a Biblical definition of the “church” and its “customer” is…yes, Money. 

Church giving per attendee is down substantially – and it’s in large part due to the fact that we’ve flipped those two definitions. 

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Aug 17, 2016 Admin

“Lead Better” is Not the Answer

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When the business principles referenced in last week’s post don’t create healthy church growth (and they won’t), many pastors conclude that another business precept is at fault – leadership.  Countless business books, articles and consultants tell company executives how to lead better.  Today, leadership concepts are being pounded into the heads of pastors.  Megachurch pastors are publishing leadership content at a mind-numbing clip.  Many of the largest pastor conferences in America feature leadership as the central theme and advertise prominent church leaders as the main attraction.

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Aug 10, 2016 Admin

Small Churches Face Even Greater Temptations to Compromise

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When we talk about treating members as “customers”, people naturally think of prosperity churches or megachurches.  However in many ways the temptations to treat members as “customers” are even greater within a small church.  In other words, defining the wrong “customer” is less about relying on “attractional” models and more about succumbing to pastoral pressures.  Most small churches lack the resources to win an “attraction” battle anyway.  Instead, the dynamics of small church life create a slippery slope,

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Aug 03, 2016 Admin

Why the Church Dispersed Works

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At its core, a church is a collection of individuals brought into common worship and fellowship.  A church’s impact is largely determined by the cumulative actions and witness of its members between Sundays.  The church naturally disperses when they leave the building.

With that in mind, does the number of churches and how scattered they are really matter?  Is it worth considering whether migration from smaller to large churches (the direction America is headed) will occupy as much ground as a labyrinth of small churches? 

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Jul 27, 2016 Admin

7 Keys to Increasing Your Church’s Footprint

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Last week we defined the “footprint” of a church as the collective impact for Christ of the people within it.  The number of members, budget or square footage don’t necessarily determine how wide or deep a church’s reach extends for the Kingdom.

Jesus modeled discipleship and community engagement as an example for His Church to follow.  He felt a small number of highly effective disciples would cover much more ground than a slew of casual followers. 

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Jul 20, 2016 Admin