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12 signs that your church is stuck

12 signs that your church is stuck

Transformational leaders don’t run when they see a need for change. They embrace it and demonstrate the courage needed to navigate the required change. They realize that change happens on a macro-level as well as a micro-level and that change almost ways leads to some level of conflict.  Some leaders have a tendency  to pretend

Quotes from The New Parish

Quotes from The New Parish

Several quotes from the book, The New Parish, have captured my attention based on my work with a congregational visioning team and recent conversations with people connected our “Do What Matters” conferences. Listed below are quotes from the book that challenge my assumptions and stretch my imaginations. The parish is a dare to your faith.

Why churches become stalled

Why churches become stalled

I frequently  hear leaders ask the following two questions: “Why aren’t we growing?” and “Why aren’t we moving forward, faster?” I think it’s fair to assume that thriving congregations should grow in a variety of ways and that congregations should be continuously moving toward God’s preferred future. Here are five traits that could be hindering

10 Ways Churches Limit Their Growth

10 Ways Churches Limit Their Growth

I believe that healthy congregations grow, if not numerically, at least in compassion, discipleship and in acts of service to their communities. Unfortunately, the potential for growth and vitality is often diminished by the following mindsets and practices: They make it hard for people to contribute by maintaining complex organizational structures, convoluted reporting systems, confusing

How are traditions anchoring your ministry?

How are traditions anchoring your ministry?

Traditions are powerful and often serve as anchors, helping congregations avoid mission drift by reminding people of what’s important and reminding people of what God has done and continues to do in and through God’s people. Traditions can become anchors that keep congregations stuck in the past and prevent congregations from moving forward. Traditions usually start

Using technology to turbocharge ministry

Using technology to turbocharge ministry

Technology can greatly simplify your ministry efforts while enhancing your capacity to build connections among people, communicate vision, form faith, and manage projects. Thoughtfully-chosen technology tools, if introduced at the the appropriate time, should lighten a person’s ministry load while maximizing the ways people can participate. Technology tools can extend the weekly worship experience into people’s

Five Ways Churches Squelch Spiritual Vitality

Five Ways Churches Squelch Spiritual Vitality

I’ve seen patterns emerging in faith communities this past year that seem to squelch their spiritual vitality.  These patterns become road blocks or speed bumps that limit people’s capacity to experience a life-shaping faith in Jesus Christ. An overarching concern I have is the prevalence of people who do not experience authentic community within their

Insights from teaching a dog to sit

Insights from teaching a dog to sit

As congregational leaders, we have a lot to learn from animal trainers. Animal trainers have a saying: “It’s never the animal’s fault” understanding that you can’t blame an animal for something the trainer has failed to do. Similarly, if people are not making the changes we hoped for, the first step might be is to

10 traits of vital congregations

10 traits of vital congregations

  In preparation for a training event this week, I’ve put together a list of 10 traits that I regularly see in vibrant congregations. As you read through the list, make note of the traits that exist in your congregation. Make note of what’s missing in your setting. 1. They focus on the Great Commandment