5 Things Every Visitor to Your Church Wishes You Knew

5 Things Every Visitor to Your Church Wishes You Knew


What if I told you that the average churches retention rate of unchurched, first-time visitors is less than 3% . . . would that shock you?

I can’t speak for every church across the world, but in my 14 years of pastoral ministry (plus the 19 where I grew up in a pastor’s home) this has been my experience.

In fact, I started keeping my own records about 10 years back and guess what I discovered . . . it’s less than 3%.

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7 Things Every Small Church Needs to Grow

7 Things Every Small Church Needs to Grow

“It’s impossible to grow the church in this town.”

“No one cares about church anymore.”

“People aren’t going to give up their only day off to wake up early and go sit in a church to get yelled at.”

I have heard each and every one of these sentences come out of the mouths of heart-broken, defeated church folks… In fact, I said one of them (can you guess which one?).

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Why We Hate Change (& why that has to change) - Part 2

Why We Hate Change (& why that has to change) - Part 2

In a previous post I suggested two of the 5 Reasons We Hate Change In The Church.

In this post I’ll provide the three that remain in the hopes of preparing us for the inevitability of life (which changes all around us, all the time).

Just before we get in, though, I want you to understand the heart of this. As the leader of a church I’m hard wired to be discontent with the status quo. I can’t help it, it’s part of my DNA. I am always looking for how something can be done better, for ways that people can be challenged to grow and for ways in which the church can extend it’s influence for the Kingdom of God in it’s context.

I am of the firm conviction that God is not done with my church or with yours. I do believe, however, that the workers are few and that a lot of that is the fault of leadership. Ministry is hard work because it’s heart work. It’s challenging because it demands our devotion to the Lord and our personal discipline in pretty much every area of life. That’s daunting without a solid church family (which I’m blessed to have). Pastor’s need people on their team, and I’m hoping that this might help accomplish that in some way.

So . . . picking up from where we left off . . .

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Why We Hate Change (& why that has to change)

Why We Hate Change (& why that has to change)

Living things change... it's a fact of life.

Think about it in terms of a newborn baby. There are cycles to life. From newborn to infant to baby to toddler to early adolescence, there are some major changes that take place.

My daughter is 5 now. She does not look exactly the same way she looked 5 years ago. She is able to do things now that she couldn’t do back then, like walk and carry on a conversation (that makes sense—most of the time).

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Weak Leader

Weak Leader

What has two thumbs, an exhausting drive, a bold and frequently loud voice/opinion and a leadership style that is, many times, shortsighted?

This guy (pictured above and is presently writing this blog post)!

Don’t quit on me, I am slowly (even though I’m really trying) growing and the following is a simple acknowledgement of the many areas I am a weak leader, as well as a plea for patience and grace.

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