The final stage of an effective membership recruitment process happens when the constituent actually affiliates with your congregation. For some that will..
Until the day your congregants get biblical about tithing, your stewardship efforts will depend mostly on membership development. Grow your congregation and..
While my wife browsed T.J. Maxx for trousers, I sat on a curb outside and observed people going in and out of..
"We're stuck, aren't we?" asked several participants in a recent church workshop. Yes, they are stuck. So are many churches – and..
I had a stark revelation in February as I drove across the Mojave Desert on day three of “Fresh Day on the..
Effective leadership has three requirements: A compelling vision (where we want to get); Incremental steps (what we will do next to get there);..
I see stirrings of annual church stewardship pro- grams: pledge cards in the mail, appeals in writing and from the pulpit, maybe..
Many factors determine a congregation's health – from quality of leadership to clarity of mission to location to financial strength. No factor,..
For many years, churches used the language of “belonging.” Now we find ourselves in a world where “belonging” has changed and, for..
I figure 1957 was the high-water mark of mainline Protestantism in the U.S. Although mainline churches kept growing until 1965, it..
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