Bud Brown

Church Visitors: Discover their motives

Church visitors arrive at your worship services looking for something or needing something. Identifying and satisfying those needs is critical to visitor retention. Church visitors who leave knowing your church meets them where they live will return for that crucial second visit. If that happens they are likely to stay for the long haul. The

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Church Visitors: Reel ’em in and Hook ’em

Church hospitality remains a hot topic, especially for interim pastors leading troubled churches and permanent pastors of churches in troubled waters. They still ask, “What are best practices to welcome visitors?” Church visitors are a precious commodity so good tools for welcoming and enfolding guests into the believing community are prized. The demand for useful

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If Church Planters need mentors and coaches, how about pastors?

Brian Howard has an interesting post over at Missional Challenge entitled “Church Planters Need All 3: Coach + Mentor + Supervisor” that’s well worth reading. It has been my privilege to have been coached by a seasoned veteran in several of my past intentional interim positions. My coach worked with me to solve problems and

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Church Discipline is NOT Optional

Every pastor – transitional practitioner, interim or permanent – can quickly break the ministry down into categories of “things I relish”, “this I do” and “things I hate”. I’d wager that you won’t find conflict resolution or church discipline on anyone’s list of favorites! Most of us see them as somewhat akin to a colonoscopy:

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You gotta measure the right things!

Although various associates of the Transition Ministries Group have had opportunities to provide transitional leadership in large and very large churches, the bulk of our experience is with smaller congregations. I don’t have the stats at hand but my guess is our average client church is somewhere in the 200s. I have learned – and

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Letting the Father welcome your guests

Making guests comfortable – even when they are few and far between! – is a “mission critical” task for churches in transition. In fact, failure in this area is often one cause for the decline that led to securing the services of a skilled transition pastor in the first place. In the various churches I

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Church leaders can learn a few things from Microsoft.

About what NOT to do! The church, like any other human organization, goes through a lifecycle. In that lifecycle there is a tipping point. It is reached when the original vision that motivated the church’s pioneers is replaced by a focus on maintaining the machine. When that happens procedures, policies and operations become more important

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