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?
Author Archive | Susan Nienaber
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.
by Susan Nienaber on June 29, 2015
by Bishop Bruce Ough and Rev. Susan Nienaber It is possible to revitalize our mainline congregations and denominational structures. And it is happening all around us, in spite of the numerous challenges we are still facing. It’s true that we are still challenged by an aging population in our mainline churches, fewer younger clergy, seasoned […]
by Susan Nienaber on February 13, 2015
by Susan Nienaber I confess that I’m not much of a professional sports fan. However, I do watch the Super Bowl mainly to socialize with friends and to watch the commercials and the halftime show. Did you notice how different the commercials were this year? Many of them featured cute animals, positive self-esteem, values, relationships […]