I have been in many churches over the years.  I have visited established churches – churches that have been around for many decades.  And I have also been in several young church plants. Over the years, I have found myself saying that a church plant can learn a lot from an established church. But, an established church … Read more

The World Needs An Alive Church

Spent time in Sunday School last week talking about the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel.  Some of the conversation began to center around the church and how the pastor looks out on the congregation praying that they will come alive and grow in faith followed by amazing things.  As we were speaking, these two thoughts occurred to me. … Read more

The Secret to Keeping Church Members Committed

There are so many variables as to why people begin attending church.  And those variables grow even more complex as to why some of them don’t stick around.  Here’s the secret to keeping church members connected. 1)  They need a group of friends & personal connections at church. The best and most organic way for this to … Read more

Three Team Members Everyone Needs

Here are three types of people that every team leader needs: Sneezers -The Sneezers are the people on your team who, after catching the vision, understanding the mission and fully believing in the power of what you are doing, uncontrollably share it with other people.  They talk about it.  They invite people in.  They become … Read more

The Prerequisite for Healthy and Strong Congregations

One key component to a healthy congregation is strong systems – strength for the bones.  The skeleton is the structure you have in place so that life can be added! How are the bones held together in your congregation?  What systems are in place so that people can be a part of mission, worship and … Read more

Five Warning Signs a Church is Unhealthy.

I recently read an article from Thom Rainer that listed five warning signs a church may be sick.   It may look healthy on the outside, but once these things begin to set in, full blown sickness is inevitable.  Five Warning Signs 1. The church has few outwardly focused ministries. Most of the budget dollars in the church … Read more