The Pastor And Networking

“Networking needs to be the priority of every pastor of churches under 450… You should be spending 75-80% of your time “out there.” The pastor is the primary person to bring people in churches up to 450.”  – Bill Easum To do this the pastor has to give up some things and the congregation has to step up. … Read more

3 Main Concerns For Newcomers in Worship

Here are three main concerns for a first time guest in worship. 1)  Facilities.  A newcomer will see things about the facilities that long time church attenders will never notice.  It begins with the impression from the road, the parking, and the signage to get into the right door.  From there it moves to the entrance, … Read more

First Time Worship Guests Come With Judgement

I recently read an article about mystery worshippers who are paid to attend worship and then give a report.  [Read the full Wall Street Journal Report] Here’s a quote that stuck out. “First-time guests, they don’t come with mercy, they come with judgment. They’re looking for a reason to leave.” Whether we like it or not, there is some … Read more

Ministry Leaders: Create, Don’t Replicate

“Church leaders need to create ministry, not replicate it.”  Center Church, Keller Creating ministry, specific to your region, the people and the gifts of the congregation is a powerful force. Attending conferences, hearing about other ministries and churches and reading books, can all be helpful springboards, but in the end, each church is designed to extraordinarily … Read more

Stop Trying to Close The Back Door – Open It!

It’s no secret that churches have lots of fluctuation in members and attenders.  Church leaders bemoan the fact that too many people quickly leave out the proverbial back door. I understand the concept. We don’t want new people to attend for a few worship services, only to fade away after a few Sundays. But, I have … Read more

7 Things Ministry Leaders Need To Keep Doing

As the old farmer once said, “The problem with cows is that you have to keep milking them.” At times, we plan with the “this should do it once and for all” motto.  Anyone who has led people for very long knows that is not the case.  It takes consistent nurturing to keep things going.  There … Read more

Churches: Under 500 and Over 500

According to a recent study there are 282,000 churches in the USA with weekly attendance somewhere between 7 and 499 people. That same study concluded that there are approximately 19,210 churches with attendance over 500. 34 million Americans worship in churches with less than 500 people. 20 million worship in congregations with more than 500 … Read more