Healthy Churches

A Tale of Two Barns –A Tale of Two Churches

Dr. Gordon E. Penfold Co-founder of Turnaround Pastors, Inc.   The Two Barns   “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times . . ..” So begins Charles Dickens’,  A Tale of Two Cities.  I would like to parallel that truth with two barns and two churches. The analogy will

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Sharing Faith in Post-Christian America, Part 4

 It’s time to stop holding on to yesteryear and start looking for ways to introduce Jesus to our dark world. —Daniel Im, Christianity Today, August 2, 2016 In this fourth and final post, I will explain the missional shift and 7 must does to engage in evangelism in post-Christian America. Remember, four cultural shifts have

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Turnaround, Salvation Army Bldg, Fort Collins

Avoiding Dry Rot in Ministry

When working as an engineer in Fort Collins, our firm was hired to do some renovation work on a historic downtown building. At the time, this red brick building housed the Salvation Army ministry (pictured above). The edifice consisted of a basement and three upper levels. The nearly 100-year-old structure possessed character and distinctive architectural

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Help Us Help Your Pastor

Chances are you’re in a church that’s on the plateau, or on the down hill slide. The chances are great, in fact. 85% of the churches in America are either stuck on the dime or they’re in a death spiral. It takes a special kind of pastor to turn these churches around. But those pastors

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Tending God’s Vineyard

Not all of life’s important events happen on stormy seas. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest my family lived on an alluvial plain of the Southern California high desert. I gave orchard tending a try. It wasn’t large””only 24 trees. Our little acre had more rocks than soil, so planting one bare-root fruit tree took

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7 Qualities Jesus Seeks In His Church

It’s been five years since I’ve had a church to call home. Three interim churches, a couple of moves and now I’m adrift. It’s time to start looking for a church where I can be one of the folks. What should I look for? I think I’ll look for the things Jesus looks for and

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