Tag Archives: Church Growth

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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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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Growing Your Church With Home Bible Study

The story is told of an elderly gentleman who one day took his young, seven-year-old grandson behind the house to plant the summer garden. The little boy was instructed to make a hole in the freshly tilled soil with a sharp stick. Into each hole the Grandfather dropped two or three seeds. First they planted […]

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Why Bus Ministry?

Why should your church consider launching a bus ministry? Greatest single reason: souls. Bus ministry has proven to be a powerful method to win both children and parents. One pastor recently shared the following testimony. “Over the past twelve months we have seen twelve children saved as a result of our bus ministry. We have […]

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The Role of Management In Church Growth

“I don’t understand it,” Pastor Gordon said with disgust, stirring his coffee slowly. “I’ve done everything I know to make it work. I asked Sister Judy to oversee the Visitor Follow-up program. She accepted. I explained how everything worked. I gave her a detailed, written job description. I even worked with her for several weeks […]

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Bearing Fruit: A Ministry of Evangelism and Growth

Modern church growth research has proven that the most effective evangelism method is that which focuses upon reaching the family, friends and acquaintances of your church members. This is known as oikos evangelism (after the commonly found New Testament Greek word “oikos” which means “community” or “sphere of influence”). Statistical surveys have repeatedly shown that […]

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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 […]

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Four Key Evangelism Methods

Carl spotted his good friend Jacob coming through the door of the sanctuary.  He left the platform to greet him. “Come on back to my office.  Church doesn’t start for another twenty minutes.  It will give us time to catch up.” Back in the office, Carl motioned Jacob to a chair and grabbed a cold […]

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Make 2012 Your Best Year Yet!

Elder Vernon Baker smiled as he gazed across the assembled group of pastors, ministers, and lay leaders. “I want to welcome you to our sixth annual Revival Harvest conference. We have hosted this meeting in the hope of encouraging pastors and church leaders to apply solid principles of evangelism so they might effectively reach their […]

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