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 […]


Leading In the Afterglow of a Big Sunday

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Grace Hills Church Worship

I was humbled by the words scribbled on the back of a communication card this past Sunday: This was my first time to church. I have struggled most of my life and just find myself in the worst situations. Listening to your sermon gave me a lot to think about and I am ready to […]


They’re Waiting… A Quick Easter Follow-up Plan

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Exhausted

The pastor, church leaders and members are wrung-out-exhausted after all the extra preparations for Easter Sunday. Some planned Good Friday service, egg hunt, breakfast, sunrise event. Extra effort was put into greeters and music and invitation counselors. One church painted their entire interior. It was all worth the effort. God was honored. People came. In […]


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

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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

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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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Refinery

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’

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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

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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 […]


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