It is hard for a congregation to revitalize, but when leaders have the courage to make major changes and live deeply into the mission, churches can rebuild. I know this, because it’s happening now in many places.
Author Archive | Susan Nienaber
by Susan Nienaber on October 2, 2017
This morning as I was driving to one of the churches in my district I listened to the radio to get caught up on the news. It was all about President Trump’s tweets regarding the NFL and the National Anthem, escalating tensions with North Korea, and the impact of the latest hurricane on Puerto Rico. […]
by Susan Nienaber on June 5, 2017
For some pastors and lay people in mainline/established traditions, the word evangelism has become, if not a “dirty” word, an unpleasant one. How can we get more comfortable with the e-word?
by Susan Nienaber on October 11, 2016
It’s very easy in our American culture to leave a church. No matter how hard pastors and lay leaders work to keep folks focused on mission instead of individual preferences, church attendance is often a consumer-driven phenomenon. If there is any kind of conflict brewing in a congregation the temptations to flee grow exponentially. It’s […]
by Susan Nienaber on June 6, 2016
From our experience with a wide variety of congregations that have revitalized their ministries in many ways, we see six practices at the core of vital churches.
by Susan Nienaber on February 1, 2016
What is the secret of revitalizing a congregation? One pastor’s answer, found at the Big Tent Revival.
by Susan Nienaber on October 26, 2015
Susan NienaberFor most of my consulting practice, I “held certain truths to be self-evident.” I used to believe, for instance, that many congregations had declined so far they could not possibly revitalize—but I have changed my mind.