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2014: Your Best Year Yet

  The American Indians tell a parable of a brave who found an eagle’s egg and put it into the nest of a prairie chicken. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up as one of them.  All his life, the changeling eagle, thinking he was prairie chicken, did what prairie chickens […]

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Effective Church Growth Planning

Most people credit Henry Ford with inventing the automobile. The truth is he didn’t. Although he held many patents on various automotive mechanisms, the invention of the first self-powered carriage is credited to Nicolas Cugnot of France in 1771.  But history does credit Henry Ford with being a master of effective planning.  His idea for […]

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The Power Of Priorities

Many years ago, Charles Schwab, president of Bethlehem Steel Company, granted an interview to an efficiency expert named Ivy Lee. Lee was telling Mr. Schwab how his firm could help him do a better job of managing the company, when Mr. Schwab broke in to say something to the effect of, “Sorry, but I’m not […]

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The Church Growth Planning Retreat

Pastor Thomas was quite aware that he had a problem. His church desperately needed a new shot of excitement and enthusiasm. He felt the need to inspire a burden into his people to reach the lost. Somehow they had lost their vision for growth, winning souls, and reaching their city. His outreach had dropped off […]

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Developing Job Descriptions for Church Growth

For a number of years I traveled full-time assisting churches in setting up a church growth and evangelism structure. While traveling from church to church and working with various directors and Christian workers, it is common to hear lay leaders say over and again: “I don’t really know what I’m supposed to be doing.” On […]

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The Role of Organization in Church Growth

Has your church grown over the past few years? Sometimes churches stop growing because their organizational structure is not capable of handling a greater number. A church with a thousand has a highly complex organization. A church of fifty will have a much simpler organization. But for a church of fifty to one day become […]

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Making Your Bus Ministry Evangelistic

Bus ministry works! It is a highly effective tool for seeing the parents of your bus riders saved. Last month I explained that it’s the job of the bus workers to build a relationship with these parents, to witness to them, and to then encourage them to attend church and / or take a home […]

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A Bus Ministry That Bears Fruit

Even more than Sunday school, the bus ministry has been attacked as being an expensive, unproductive ministry. Unfortunately it has been described by some as a “glorified baby-sitting program.” It is not, nor should it be! Many churches have sold their buses and given up their routes. How sad! They have succumbed to the proverbial […]

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The Faithfulness Factor

Before any individual can be placed in a position of leadership, the question must first be asked, “Will this person be faithful?” Faithfulness, dependability, reliable, trustworthy – as we have explained before, these are attributes that are worth their weight in gold. They are much more desirable than only talent or ability. It does little […]

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Gathering Laborers for the Harvest

Several years ago a “critical issues” questionnaire was sent to a large number of church leaders. They were asked to list what they believed to be the most critical issues facing the church today. In overwhelming response, these leaders agreed that the number one critical issue was the need for trained workers and lay leaders […]

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