Time and time again in congregations, I encounter either-or thinking. People want to focuseither on church growth or mission to the world; maintain the building or give the staff much needed pay increases; focus on the number of people who attend worship or the number of people our ministry “touches” during the week; have classical […]
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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 David Brubaker on January 11, 2016
One reason for congregational decline may be that congregations are still operating on Newtonian principles in a social universe that no longer functions that way.
by Sarai Rice on December 21, 2015
If you’re doing everything you’ve always done as a congregation but it’s not working anymore, you may be alarmed, but you’re not alone. Once upon a time, we all shared a congregational business model that seemed effective and ordained: A single site Branding that identified the congregation as a franchisee of a larger entity Management […]
by Dan Hotchkiss on December 14, 2015
by Dan HotchkissSuccessful store managers know there’s one thing customers like even more than quality, convenience, or low prices: People like to get what they expect. And so smart store managers advertise a strong, distinctive “brand” and consistently deliver customer experiences that fit that brand. Churches and synagogues can learn from this.
by John Wimberly on November 30, 2015
by John Wimberly Yes, it is a gimmick. But it is a gimmick that works. When creating a strategic plan, I always encourage congregations to include one or two strategies that they will accomplish a highly visible change in a matter of one or two months. I call these quick wins.
by Dan Hotchkiss on September 28, 2015
by Dan Hotchkiss When someone gets a new idea in your congregation, whom do they call? The clergy leader? A board member? The front-line office person—the executive director, secretary, or administrator—often manages the incoming stream of helpful hints, complaints, requests, suggestions, and reform proposals. The flow of bright ideas is a sign of life, part […]