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How to talk about church health ... without taking a head count
How to talk about church health ... without taking a head count
How's your church doing? It's a question all church leaders are asked sooner or later, and if it catches them off-guard, it can be tempting to fall back on Sunday morning censuses and budgetary breakdowns, even when they know that data doesn’t te...
How email automation can improve ministry communication
How email automation can improve ministry communication
You should be using email automation. It's efficient, lets you send timely messages and will make your life easier as a church communication professional. A great example of an automated email is the email receipt you get from a retailer when you purch...
4 ways churches fail when it comes to asking for money
4 ways churches fail when it comes to asking for money
Nobody likes to ask for money. But let's be honest, your church needs money. Whether it's for a leak in your roof, a mission trip to Honduras or everyday maintenance and salaries, there will come a time that your church will need to ask for money. But ...
10 commandments for pastors, politics, and social media
10 commandments for pastors, politics, and social media
There are few topics that evoke as much emotion as politics. The intensity of emotions is particularly evident during presidential elections. Pastors and church staff are not oblivious to political emotions. Indeed, some of them can be among the most i...
Church trends in the United States and beyond
Church trends in the United States and beyond
Raise your hand if you think Christianity in the United States is dying. If you do, consider what Matt Morrison of e3 Partners has to say about local church trends. In a recent article, Morrison exhibited five reasons why Christians in the United State...
Tennessee adopts protections for Christian counselors
Tennessee adopts protections for Christian counselors
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently signed a bill that protects Christian counselors who don’t want to advise people in same-sex relationships. “No counselor or therapist providing counseling therapy services shall be required to counsel or...
4 surprising revelations from church focus groups
4 surprising revelations from church focus groups
I travel around the U.S. talking to demographic church groups to better understand what's happening in a specific local church – successes, failures and themes to help the church communicate more effectively to reach deeper into their community. ...
Why do we pick-and-choose our religious beliefs? Blame social media
Why do we pick-and-choose our religious beliefs? Blame social media
There is growing evidence that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are changing how people think about their faith. Paul McClure, a doctoral student at Baylor University, studied how social media affects youth and young adult religion beliefs. Mc...
Daredevil pastor to test faith with fire
Daredevil pastor to test faith with fire
John "Mercury" Morgan isn't your typical pastor. Sure, he performs baptisms, conducts weddings and delivers a sermon every Sunday. But he also happens to like to ride his bicycle through fire. Morgan, 51, is the senior pastor at Faith on Fire Fellowshi...
10 warning signs a servant leader has become the 'king' of his kingdom
10 warning signs a servant leader has become the 'king' of his kingdom
As Christian leaders, we are called to serve others even as we're completely reliant on God. Too often, though, a leader who was once a servant wrongly transitions into being the king of his own kingdom. Here are some signs that a leader has become the...
Taking time from the day-to-day to take the long view
Taking time from the day-to-day to take the long view
Most leaders have heard and have benefited from Ron Heifetz's insistence that leaders need "balcony time," when they step back from the metaphorical dance floor of their daily obligations to take the long, strategic view.
Where successful church plants get their money
Where successful church plants get their money
More than half of new church plants (58 percent) are financially self-sufficient by their fourth year, a LifeWay Research study shows. Almost a quarter (23 percent) are financially independent in their first year. LifeWay tracked the financial steps of...
Going to church could help you live longer, study says
Going to church could help you live longer, study says
Many Americans say they attend church because it helps them stay grounded and gives them spiritual guidance. A new study suggests that regular attendance may also help increase their lifespan. Researchers looked at data on nearly 75,000 middle-age fema...
Seeking God, and redemption, in a Texas prison seminary
Seeking God, and redemption, in a Texas prison seminary
Inmates in white uniforms carrying Bibles filed into a classroom at the maximum security Darrington Unit prison in Texas, some with gang tattoos snaking up forearms, others bearded and graying, all eager to contemplate the most vexing theological quest...
Churches and cybersecurity risks
Churches and cybersecurity risks
With many churches now relying upon technology and online platforms to share and store information about the church, the risk of churches being targeted by hackers is a growing threat. In fact, failing to take action to prevent hacking or other cyberse...
Muslim villagers donate money to build church for Christian community in Pakistan
Muslim villagers donate money to build church for Christian community in Pakistan
Muslim villagers in Pakistan are helping to fund a new church for their neighbors in a show of religious solidarity six years after the Christian community was attacked by mobs in the area. People in the village of Khaksabad are donating what they can ...
7 steps to successfully launch a church rebrand
7 steps to successfully launch a church rebrand
A church rebrand is something most pastors will only do 1 or 2 times in the course of their ministry. It can be a challenging, emotional, and even expensive thing to do. It can also be rewarding, energizing and even healing for a congregation. The foll...
Most common mistakes pastors and church leaders make on social media
Most common mistakes pastors and church leaders make on social media
While there is some overlap with church social media accounts on what not to do, there are some distinct mistakes made by church leaders that are typically not made by church accounts. One mistake is "customer service rants." Too many pastors and churc...
Proposed legislation seeks to cripple faith-based higher education in California
Proposed legislation seeks to cripple faith-based higher education in California
A bill rushing through California's state legislature could deliver a fatal blow to Christian education, legal experts warn.