Assessment

Free tool: Understanding My Church’s DNA

We’ve got a free church assessment tool we’d like to put in your hands Interim pastors – and permanent pastors, for that matter – need a variety of church assessment tools available. And free is good! We developed it from Tim Addington’s book High-Impact Church Boards: How to Develop Healthy, Intentional, and Empowered Church Leaders. [affiliate link].

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Church metrics that matter to Jesus’ mission

Church metrics are useful – if they are metrics that matter. In an earlier post on this subject Dr. Alan Cole asserted that metrics not based on strategy are meaningless. An oft misunderstood Bible verse favors his argument. Church metrics: is God about the numbers? Church growth advocates and pastors of large churches love Acts

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Church metrics: hammering bookcases together?

It is a beautiful Saturday, with Chamber of Commerce weather. There is a light breeze, scattered high clouds and the kind of sun that warms you slowly. On this day I have accumulated all of the materials and plans for a book case. I have nails, screws, sawhorses, hammer, screwdriver, wood glue and plans showing

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Alan Cole’s post on church metrics intersects the whole business of shepherding church visitors. Lots of churches measure the number of visitors from week to week, but they fail to measure the more critical number: how many church visitors eventually call the church “my home”? I recall one church in metropolitan Phoenix that was so

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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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Church Visitors: You can spot ’em a mile away

Ed and Mike are typical church visitors. One afternoon they were crunching through the forest leaves, headed for their favorite deer stand when Mike collapsed in a heap. Mike cried out, “Ed, I need a priest! I need a priest!” “Why, what’s wrong?” Ed asked. “I think I’m dying. I need a priest to give

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“Navigating From the Pulpit”

I’ve finally found time to start on a project that has been in the works a long, long time: a book that will hopefully furnish transition pastors with a few tools that will help them effect change in stalled and declining churches by reconnecting them with a clear view of God’s mission in the world

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I can do it myself!

Lainey is two years old. Well, a few days shy but regardless of what the calendar says, our granddaughter’s in the “terrible twos.” You’ve seen that stage of life: non-stop hyperactivity from dawn to dark, unfamiliarity with the word “No”, tantrums when corrected, rigid inflexibility and towering impatience! When a two-year old decides “I can

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