Almost every church I speak with and hear about seems to be wrestling with the issue of how we reach young adults. By all accounts, they are leaving the church in droves. A generation ago, the conventional wisdom was “they’ll be back.” Give them a little time. After they are done college . . . … More Twenty-Somethings and the Church
There is nothing sexy or exciting about good calendar management. But as the demands on my time have continued to increase, I have become increasing convinced of the importance of thoughtful, intentional recurring calendaring. I hope by now you are using a digital calendar that allows for recurring events. For years, I was a Day-Timer … More 8 things you should have on your calendar
With New Years soon to be upon us, people’s thoughts often turn to resolutions. There is something about the start of the new year that motivates us to get a fresh start in one or more areas of our lives. Unfortunately, most New Year’s resolutions have a shelf life of 7 to 14 days. Some, … More How to make 2016 the best year yet.
I have the privilege of serving Christ in the least churched region of the United States. In New England, the overwhelming majority of Christian churches are experiencing decline in worship attendance. But we are not alone. If Barna, Rainer and others are correct, this is a nationwide trend. That is not to say that there … More 9 Reasons Your Worship Attendance May be in Decline
I don’t care what you call it: small groups, life groups, community groups, growth groups, class meetings or Sunday School (actually I would preferred you didn’t call it Sunday School). Whatever you call your small groups, I am convinced that every church needs an intentional small group ministry. By intentional, I mean that there is … More 5 Reasons Your Church Needs an Intentional Small Group Ministry
Economist, author and management guru Charles Handy first popularize the idea of applying the sigmoid curve to the lifecycle of an organization. The sigmoid curve takes its name from the Greek lower case sigma. If you plot the lifecycle of the average Christian church on a graph with the horizontal axis being time and … More 7 Signs your Church is “Over the Curve”
Whether we realize it or not, we all have processes in our church. There may be a certain way we go about worship preparation. Most churches have some process to become a member of the church. We have a process by which decisions are made, finances are tracked and information is shared. The question is, … More Nine Processes Every Church Needs
It is football season at the time of this writing (and as of today, the New England Patriots are still undefeated!) If you follow football at all, you probably know what a playbook is. It is the manual by which the team lives and dies. For a team to function well, every member of the … More Five reasons your church needs a playbook