Five Ways to Develop Spiritual Leaders

September 12, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

A quick perusal of available titles on Amazon reveals that, when it comes to books on church ministry, pastors reign supreme. Though I was able to locate one book on the ministry of church executive assistants to the pastor, most “church secretary” books were handbooks or how-to’s on creating effective administrative structures. Though there are […]

 

Making Meaningful Pastoral Visits

August 29, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

I’ve observed that many of the most effective and beloved pastors (and elders, too!) were those who had a plan for regular visitation of the people of God in their spiritual care. Those visits might be in the home, at lunch near work, or some other place. They might be once a year or once […]

 

What Will Your Next Church Building Look Like...

August 18, 2016 | Posted by Art Scherer

What will your next church building look like? That’s one of the questions that come to mind as the turn of the year gives cause to reflect on the past and the future of the church. Of course, the answer to that question begins not with architecture, but with the church’s self-understanding of who it […]

 

Three Ways I Stay Connected to the 3,000 Memb...

August 15, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch

My mother comes from a very small town in north central Illinois. As I grew up we would travel to visit my relatives on my mother’s side of the family a couple times each year. I don’t get to that town too often anymore, but this past fall my wife and I traveled with my […]

 

Five Questions Good Leaders Ask Themselves Wh...

August 12, 2016 | Posted by Peter Kelm

Leaders make decisions. They need to be decisive. They need to be confident in their decisions. But when the evidence mounts, they need to be able to say, “That was a bad decision.” We’ve all been there. We misread the situation. We looked at the wrong metrics. We improperly judged another’s motivation. Our strategy was […]

 

Understanding Church Attendance Patterns

August 11, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

At one time we simply accepted as obvious that regular worship attendance meant that a person missed only when they were forced to by unforeseen circumstances. Like gentle waves on the ocean, attendance would rise and fall ever so slightly. Rather than the calm seas of the past, we live in times of rough seas. […]