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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A Primer on Change for the Church

A Primer on Change for the Church

“What is the difference between a living thing and a dead thing? In the medical world, a clinical definition of death is a body that does not change. Change is life. Stagnation is death. If you don't change, you die. It's that simple. It's that scary.”  ― Leonard Sweet

Anything that is healthy, anything that is living, anything that is productive… changes. Why? It can’t help it.

To be alive is to change. We don’t have to like it; in fact… we don’t like it, but the inevitability of change is something that everyone has to decide whether to embrace and engage in or to ignore, thereby fading into obscurity.

This could never be more practical and applicable than when discussing the church.

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MOTIVES — Why I Can't Not Strive for Revolutionary Church (and other double negatives)

MOTIVES — Why I Can't Not Strive for Revolutionary Church (and other double negatives)

Why do we do the things we do?

The question of motive is significant and the answers are numerous. On a daily basis, any number of our driving motives can be linked to: responsibility, requirement, fear, joy, desire, anger, ignorance, conviction, guilt and so on.

One of the most important questions you will ever ask and answer will be, “What is my motivation for doing/saying ___________________?” If you can find that answer, it might just change everything.

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You're Scarier Than You Think

You're Scarier Than You Think

You know… I wish someone would have told me a long time ago that all adults are scary, even after you become an adult. It’s taken me a few years to realize this, but after 100’s (if not 1,000’s) of personal meetings, counseling sessions, leadership pow-wows, conflict resolution sit-downs and so on, I can confidently say that everyone is at least a little scared of everyone else.

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