Is Your Church Expectant or Reactive?

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Dr. Chuck Lawless was my coach and advisor while working on my doctoral degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  I have found many of the articles that he posts on the Thom Rainer blog to be extremely helpful.  The article that I am sharing below is one that every fellowship should read carefully and ask […]

6 Ways to Bring a Church Back to Life

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Bringing Your Church Back to Life Why are so many congregations in decline and dying?  Not too many years ago I saw a congregation drop in attendance to less than five members.  Several pastors were willing to work with the fellowship only to discover that the few members left did not want to follow their […]

Transitions, Part 5: Facing Risk

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By the Book or Out of the Box? Two Ways to Face Risk Every ministry adopts rules that are unique to its culture. Members of your team follow those procedures differently. Some embrace risk and break rules to press forward. Others naturally follow established procedures. Facing risk – along with processing information, solving problems, and […]

3 Deadly Reasons Why My Church Is Dying?

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3 Deadly Reasons Why My Church Is Dying? Today is Sunday, and while I am writing this blog, there have been several hundred congregations that have closed their doors in the past few weeks.  Other churches are looking into their future, and it is not looking good.  As this is taking place, many people are […]

10 Basic Principles in Growing a Healthy Church

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Between 1999 and 2002 it was my pleasure to begin and complete my doctoral work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  During this time of study it was also my privilege to worship on several occasions at Southeast Christian Church.  Bob Russell, the founding pastor of Southeast Christian, was the senior pastor […]

Burnout and Church Responsibility

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Burnout and Church Responsibility In the past one hundred years, the church has placed upon its leaders more responsibility than ever before.  This type of responsibility can create an environment for personal burnout. In a recent conference, I attended I took a class on time management only to be thoroughly discouraged by the speaker that […]