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Church Visitors: 10 Steps to Improve Visitor Retention

Church visitors are probably more important to the Lord than they are to the church they visit! The fact that they willingly endure the rigors of trying a new church shows God is working in them (I touched this briefly in a previous post) Church visitors are  an opportunity and a challenge to static, declining and

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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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Church Metrics: more than nickels and noses

A recent discussion thread on LinkedIn led me to reflect on typical church metrics. In my experience, churches focus on giving and attendance. Some will add a third metric related to their buildings. Whether the focus is on “nickels and noses” or the “ABCs” (Attendance, Buildings and Cash) people who comment on church metrics are

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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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