7 Common Obstacles to Growth in Your Congregation

An intentional “clearing of the fields” is necessary in many congregations as part of the cultivation process that positions us for growth. When preparing fields for planting, farmers notice when rocks, roots or any other impediments are lurking in the...

Why Your Church May Be Inviting the Wrong People

Are we inviting the wrong people to our congregations? This unsettling question arose as I studied Luke 14:7-24 in preparing a recent sermon. Jesus is at a dinner party and he sees everyone jockeying for the most honorable seats. He tells them, “Take the lowest...

6 Ways Your Church or Ministry Can Flourish

Three ministries I met with recently asked the same question: “How do we grow?” One was a conference where the average age has kept creeping upward, and a sea of gray hair dominated the audience. Yet, for the first time they were experimenting with running...

Counting the Spiritual Reach of Your Church

For many years the primary way of measuring church size was to look at church membership. In Baptist churches, we began to track Sunday school attendance as a measuring stick. Membership numbers are not really helpful since Baptists are not very good about adjusting...