3 Ways Your Church Facilities Communicate “You’re Not Welcome”

Keep Out

Growing up, anytime guests were coming to visit, we would “clean house” to get ready. The more important the guest, the more we cleaned up. Every church (no matter the size, median age, location, or resources) can quickly communicate a lack of concern for visitors by the way they keep their facilities. Here are three quick […]


Make Easter BIG, but Don’t Put All Your Eggs In the Easter Basket

Big Easter

Easter is one of the two biggest weekends for most churches in terms of attendance. I see this as a great opportunity for evangelism to begin and for a relationship to start between your church and all of the visitors who come that Sunday. You should do everything you can to leverage Easter weekend for […]


Moving toward Church Multiplication Movements: 4 Steps for Developing Multiplication Leaders

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  Mission leaders like to talk about Church Planting Movements (CPMs), but I believe it’s unlikely we will ever see one in our current context. A Church Planting Movement has a specific definition: a movement of church planting characterized by a rapid, even exponential, multiplication of churches within a people group or population segment. Something […]


Why Talking About Church Growth (and Health) Matters

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It’s inevitable. Every single time we publish an article on pastors.com designed to help Pastors lead their churches to grow, people react with defensiveness and pseudo-spiritual comments. Everyone seems quick to point out that “it’s not about numbers,” “bigger doesn’t mean better,” and “my small church matters just as much as your big church.” Yes. […]


How to Get the Most Growth Out of Your ‘Big Days’

Rick Angel Stadium

Last week, I wrote about the 9 reasons why your church should make the most of ‘big days’ for growth. And I told you that ‘big days’ have been very instrumental in Saddleback’s growth over the last 34 years. We’ve learned the art of pyramiding growth through special days. But how? How do we maximize those […]


9 Reasons You Should Make the Most of ‘Big Days’ for Growth

Pyramiding

Easter is coming! And it will be one of the most well-attended Sundays for churches this year. Wise church leaders will take advantage of the opportunity to present the simple but profoundly hopeful message of Jesus’ resurrection to all of the extra guests who come. One of the secrets to Saddleback’s growth over the years […]


Free Ebook – Evangelism or Discipleship?

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Evangelism or Discipleship: Can They Effectively Work Together? by Bobby Harrington and Bill Hull Evangelism and discipleship are not two things; they are one. Jesus has commanded us to “make disciples.” In this new eBook, veteran discipleship leaders Bobby Harrington and Bill Hull focus on the need for leaders to bring together discipleship and evangelism and plant churches with that […]


7 Ways to Connect with Guests Beyond the First Greeting

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Your God is awesome. Your church is wonderful. Yet guests who visit your church don’t often return. No true connection was made. A parking lot greeter in our church expressed that concern: “We’ve got to figure out how to actually connect every guest with another person. Our flippant hellos or glad-you-cames just aren’t adequate.” Why […]


Churches In Ukraine Serve People Through Crisis

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KIEV, Ukraine (BP) — Tensions rose to dangerous levels as Russian forces occupied Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in late February, but Ukrainian Baptists aren’t slowing down their ministry to a nation battered by months of internal crisis. In fact, they’re picking up the pace. “The response from the churches has been fantastic,” said IMB worker Shannon […]


Why You Should Treat Your Guests Like Cancer Patients

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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 […]


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