Charles Arn

About Charles Arn

Dr. Charles Arn has been a leading contributor to the conversation on church growth/health for the past 30 years. His newest book, What Every Pastor Should Know, is available from Baker Books.


How to “Hit a Home Run” in Your Next Sermon Series

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Relevance

Here’s how to be guaranteed that listeners will eagerly anticipate your next series of messages, waiting to hear your words—and God’s—on the selected topic. First, some background… A few years ago the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps asked me to research the attitudes of incoming 18-, 19-, and 20-year old recruits toward religion and church.  I interviewed young men and […]


Why “New” Works So Well

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Fresh New Growth

Here’s a growth axiom you can take to the bank. Whether you are pastoring a (large, medium, or small) church…leading a youth group…overseeing a music ministry…or involved with any other aspect of a church in which you believe God desires growth, it is just about guaranteed. Here it is: New Units = New Growth It’s […]


Why You Should Treat Your Guests Like Cancer Patients

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Charles Arn Surgery

Date: October 18, 2013  (Friday) Time: 02:35 p.m. Place: California Urology Medical Clinic, Pomona California  “Dr. Arn…your biopsy came back positive.  I’m afraid you have prostate cancer.” I thought he must have been talking to someone else in the room.  But we were alone…and the doctor was looking straight at me. “Are you sure?” was all I could think […]


How to Open Your Church to Your Community and Vice Versa

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Anyone who has written a book knows the feeling of satisfaction when you finally see your long, hard hours of work make it to the printed page. (It usually takes about a year even after the completed manuscript is turned over to the publisher before the book finally arrives!) So, I am particularly excited about […]


Selective Evangelism

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Selection

If your church could reach more people for Christ by focusing on one “people group” in your community, would you do so? Certain people around your church are more receptive to the Gospel than others.  I suggest that good stewardship of your church’s human and fiscal resources calls you to find and focus on these […]


Are You Helping – Or Hurting – Your Mission?

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Mission

One of the keys to a church’s missional success is how its members are deployed. There are two approaches—one facilitates the church’s mission; the other often frustrates it.  Few in the church ever clarify this choice, but every church makes it, and every church lives with the consequences of its choice. The institutional approach to lay ministry […]


Pastoral Longevity and Church Growth

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Longevity and Growth

Several years ago a study by the largest Protestant denomination in the country found a startling relationship between the length of time pastors had been in their churches, and the growth or decline of those churches.  Their finding?  Approximately 3/4 of their growing churches were being led by pastors who had been in their church […]

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What is an “Ideal Church Member”?

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Odd Church

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.”  You’ve heard it.  You’ve studied it.  You’ve preached it.  But, have you ever defined it?  What, exactly, is a “disciple”? May I suggest that, for all practical purposes, a “disciple” is synonymous with an “ideal church member.”  Or, at least, it should be. If you agree, then try this […]


The Silver Bullet for Disciple Making

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Silver Bullet

“Silver bullet”— Any straightforward solution perceived to have extreme effectiveness; a phrase that typically appears with an expectation that a particular practice will cure a major prevailing problem. i Based on my 30+ years in studying the process of evangelism and church growth, I can confidently say there is a “silver bullet” for fulfilling Christ’s command […]


Is Your Church Service Seeker-Hostile?

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Hostile Territory

A “seeker-hostile” church service is where the activities, worship style, and “in-house” jargon are so foreign to newcomers that they have no desire to return.  The Apostle Paul, in speaking to the Corinthian church about the use of tongues, talks about a seeker-hostile service and presents a broader principle which applies to every church: “If […]


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