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[5 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 444 views]

Some words of caution and advice from Clayton King regarding the Monday phenomenon that mounts upon pastors, ministers and church leaders.
1.   You are most vulnerable to criticism and discouragement.   Hold off on most calls and emails til Tuesday.   They can wait unless they are a medical or spiritual emergency.
2.   You are susceptible to sexual temptation, whether in person or online.   Monitor your mood and your online activity everyday, but particularly on Mondays.
3.   Fatigue from Sunday means you have less energy to …

Featured, Inspiration »

[17 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 1,158 views]

The Michigan District of the UPCI caught a vision for evangelizing our state nearly 9 years ago, and have since increased roughly 35% in new church plants. The goal for 2009 is to plan 9 new churches within our state, and to progressively plant more churches over the next 10 years until we double in size.
This video briefly explores the past, present and future of the Apostolic Message in Michigan, and lays out a solid plan for growth, appealing to the viewer for support. Nine new churches in Michigan in …

Quotes »

[12 Dec 2008 | One Comment | 583 views]

I have reached a conclusion that I thought I might share. I have decided . . .

There are some people who have decided to go to Heaven, and they are going to do so no matter how bad a job I might do at this pastoring thing!
There are some people who have decided to go to Hell, and they are going to do so no matter how good a job I might do at this pastoring thing!
There’s a group between these two whose eternity is uncertain that compels …

Illustrations and Research, Ministry Development »

[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 …

Illustrations and Research, Inspiration, Ministry Development »

[1 Dec 2008 | No Comment | 1,131 views]

By Jay Jones
Every church should be a thriving church, regardless of their size or location. To thrive simply means to prosper; to be fortunate or successful. Growth should always exist within a church and is sometimes seen as communal, sometimes spiritual, and sometimes numerical. While there are many dynamics that come into play with church growth, here are 10 possible reasons that you may not pastor a church that thrives:

You Care What Your Neighbors Think
It’s true that we should be concerned with the image of our church in the community …

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[1 Dec 2008 | 2 Comments | 1,612 views]
PK’s And Their Dads

Note: This is an article about “Preacher’s Kids” written by Tony Suarez, of Iglesia De Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia
where to start…
I’m not sure who to write to: the PK’s or the Fathers…
I knew at a very young age that I was going to be in the ministry…actually I can’t think of anything else I ever wanted to do without being a preacher first
I wanted to be the President of the United States AND a preacher…
I wanted to be an archeaologist AND a preacher…
I wanted to be a lawyer AND a …

Illustrations and Research »

[21 Nov 2008 | No Comment | 470 views]

Giving is up, going is down, and getting remains the same. Those are the results of a survey of church offerings, attendance and pastors’ salaries that the Barna Research Group says indicates that while there is widespread interest in “spirituality” across the country, it has not yet fueled the nationwide revival anticipated by many leaders.
In their yearly tracking of Protestant churches, the Barna researchers contacted 604 senior pastors and found that the annual operating budgets of churches rose by 5 percent, to an average $110,000, from 1998 to 1999. Median …