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[29 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 376 views]

In my estimation, I think “our” problem (I say ‘our’ for the sake of generality) is not that we don’t want the lost to be saved, but rather we don’t want to lose folks from our churches to neighboring congregations. Everyone that has lost a saint to a neighbor church has at least some slight tinge of apprehension when another church moves into “their” city. A larger issue is that of a lack of ministerial ethics, in these cases. Oh, there are more reasons, too… fear, inadequacy, slothfulness, history, and …

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[9 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 490 views]

Churches should have a built-in culture of soulwinning. If reaching the Lost is not a priority in preaching and teaching through the church, soulwinning cannot possibly be the expected outcome. A church not being active in the Great Commission relegates it to the Great Suggestion, and God is called a liar. Build a positive peer pressure that “being part of this church means actively inviting people to it”, and you will find that soulwinning becomes the anticipated norm.

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[7 Apr 2009 | No Comment | 797 views]

Psalm 126
1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion. we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter. and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen. The LORD hath done great things for them. 3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall …

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[18 Mar 2009 | One Comment | 601 views]

When you drive by a small church it may look insignificant but things of great eternal import may be happening inside. Furthermore, many small, insignificant-looking churches are destined to become big and have an even greater impact for Christ. God’s Word convinces me, that explosive Kingdom potential exists where just two or three people gather in Christ’s name. Why then, do not all small churches grow to their God-ordained potential? Small thinking is certainly a major contributing factor.

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[7 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 8,340 views]

Bill Tenny Brittian writes: “When I get called in as a consultant to work with stuck, plateaued, or declining churches I have a couple of things I look for right off the bat. In the vast majority of the cases I discover that their inability to grow, let alone sustain, their membership is caused by one of six issues. And yes, I know this post is called the top FIVE reasons churches don’t grow, but I have to throw in the one stopper for church growth, no matter what else …

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[18 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 2,369 views]

By Richard Whitman
I recently was asked the question, “How long has it been since you won a soul to the Lord.”
At first I was pleased to answer, “Just last week.” After all, last Sunday we had a man baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost. Then I began to relish some other memories of similar weekend services. Unfortunately, I also began to realize that several of the ones that I had “won to the Lord” were not living for God now and so I questioned if I …

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[11 Dec 2008 | 2 Comments | 634 views]

If we’re not actually in the process of bringing people to Christ on a regular basis, we should be ashamed of ourselves. And if we ARE actually in the process of bringing people to Christ, we have nothing to be ashamed of.

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[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 329 views]

Indiana University Sociologist Dan Olson says, “Smart move. The thing that most likely to make them come and stay is whether they develop good social relationships with people there…”
Olson studies what makes people choose one church over the other.
The number one factor? Friends.
After the initial meeting though, we must continue to make more friends.
Rich Liedtke is a “master greeter” who says, “The most impressive thing you can do for the visitor is learn his name.

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[1 Dec 2008 | 2 Comments | 731 views]

By Scott Sistrunk, career church planter
I developed this method when I was Church Growth Director for Bro. Nix from 93-96. The church had been plateaued for 15 years at 225. Over the 3 years I was there we grew at 13% the church now runs 500 or so and they still use the basic model I put in place then.
Here it is in simple form… and it is simple.
I call it the “Engine of Church Growth” it is made up of 5 different departments working seamlessly together to ensure certain …

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[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 372 views]

Notes from Scott Sistrunk, career church planter
I have observed that the key to a new church plant making it can be boiled down to this ….3 Foundational Families…..
By foundational families I mean, families that are absolutely apostolic and are at least as deeply, if not more, committed to the church as the pastor…in addition, they have invested in the church heavily of time, emotional energy, spiritual energy, and finances.
A ‘foundational family” is a family that if you choose to leave will remain and take the responsibility of paying bills, visiting …