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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."

Volunteer Management

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Event Management

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Resource Management

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Shared Case Management

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What’s Keeping Churches from Discipling?

Part 1 – Internal Factors

As we showed last week, discipleship expands the Kingdom, changes your community and grows your church.  So why do only 1% of church leaders surveyed believe American churches are discipling well.  Why wouldn’t more pastors emphasize discipleship and implement a discipleship track that goes well beyond sermons and small groups (which aren’t making many disciples)?  Why don’t many churches utilize more intensive and effective discipleship methods?

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Feb 08, 2017 Admin

Maximizing Kingdom, Community & Church Impact

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Jesus selected an odd cast of characters to be His disciples.  If you were asked to pick a team of 12 people to change the course of history, I’m guessing you wouldn’t head straight to the local marina or IRS office looking for candidates.  Yet that’s exactly what Jesus did.  In fact, the Old Testament, New Testament and the annals of church history are riddled with stories of “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”. 

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Feb 01, 2017 Admin

A New Year’s Resolution for Your Church

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Several weeks ago, we provided a simple answer to a difficult question – “Are You a Disciple?  A Surefire Litmus Test”.  Disciples of Jesus Christ assume His attributes, and foremost among those is that of a humble servant.  In 2017, we all have a fresh opportunity to show we truly are Jesus’ disciples.  One of the most important ways we can serve the Lord and advance His Kingdom is by following His final marching orders – to “go and make disciples”.

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Jan 25, 2017 Admin

Do We Treat Salvation Now as an Event Too?

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The U.S. comprises around 5% of the world’s population but consumes roughly 33% of its goods and services.  To accommodate our consumer culture, pastors have devised 3 types of events to provide a more convenient, engaging church experience:

  1. Church as an Event – Once the weekend’s services are over, most members do little evangelism between Sundays (besides possibly inviting a friend to hear a sermon from the “professional” evangelist next weekend)
  2. Compassion as an Event – Once Christmas is over,
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Jan 18, 2017 Admin

When Did Church Become an Event? (Part 2)

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Part 2 (of 2)

Once your church finds itself on the event hamster wheel, it’s extremely difficult to jump off.  An event mentality conditions pastors and churchgoers to grow accustomed to particular roles within and outside the “4 walls”.  As we outlined last week, those roles are misaligned with expectations the Bible lays out for church leaders and members.

Expectations of Church Leaders…

  • Self-Imposed – Feel responsible for keeping many balls in the air,
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Jan 11, 2017 Admin

When Did Church Become an Event?

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Part 1 (of 2)

No pastor sets out to make a church primarily about its weekend services.  Seminary students envision impacting a community mightily for Christ, something putting on a worship event every Sunday alone could never accomplish.  They understand that occasional outreaches or service events during the holiday season won’t transform a community either.  Church planters and new pastors realize that attaining such a lofty vision requires utilizing the other five or six days of the week. 

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Jan 04, 2017 Admin