Church Revitalization

5 Times Pastors Should Say “No!” In Order to Change a Church

Relentless focus on the mission. Uncompromising devotion to the vision. Insistence on “no more business as usual.” These hallmark behaviors distinguish pastors capable of introducing change that results in new life and new growth in stagnant and dying churches from pastors who don’t.[1] Do you know what’s implicit in these behaviors? Demand for change. A

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Change Management: Tools Every Pastor Needs

Back in olden days, between the end of WWII and the end of the War in Vietnam, pastors had a simple goal for themselves and their churches: keep doing what they’ve been doing. It was a period when an homogenous culture shared was rapidly expanding into new communities around America’s urban centers. The people who

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Turnaround Pastors Aren’t Like Everyone Else

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.”1 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pungent observation of the rich can be said of Turnaround pastors.2 They are different from their ministry colleagues. But the differences are deeper, more fundamental than the results of their ministry. These differences don’t lie in what Turnaround pastors

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10 people turnaround pastors push out the door

Turnaround pastors face a grim reality. When they introduce change that will eventually produce life and growth in the church, people will jump, many without good reason. It is painful to watch because, with a little patience and a little mentoring, these folks could probably be rescued to the cause. But there are others that

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4 Things Jesus Never Said About Church

I’m going to jump in the deep water here. I’m going to swim against the riptide. Why am I dumb enough to jump into deep water and swim against riptides? Because Jesus never said anything about a lot of the stuff we think is important in a church. A lot of “practical ecclesiology” is stuff

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Surprise! 2 pastoral values that predict church decline

There are two surprising values held by pastors who preside over church decline. Two of the most cherished evangelical values have negative correlations to church growth. One of these values is at the very heart of evangelicalism itself. Pastors who score this value exceptionally high – higher than their evangelical colleagues – are far more likely to lead declining

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1 question reveals how turnaround pastors lead

Turnaround pastors are distinguished by how they deal with one question. Not by their answers. By how they deal with the question. “Is the church for believers or unbelievers?” Every pastor has to field this one. Turnaround pastors reject the question as posed. They know it’s a trap so they reframe it, putting the issue

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4 responses to the new megachurch next door

Bad news. You just got word that a mega- multi- church is metastasizing again, throwing up a campus down the street. They’ll probably open with 1500 or more their first Sunday. Worried that some of them’ll be yours? The message in your says, “Time to panic ‘cuz the big dog’s moving in.” What do you

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