Prefer discussion Bible Study rather than lecture?

If you prefer a good discussion about the application biblical truth to a lecture, you have come to the right place. The popular series Good Questions Have Groups Talking might be for you. Good Questions correspond with three of Lifeway’s curriculum outlines. They can be used stand-alone or supplementally to Lifeway Curriculum. (The International Standard […]

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THE KEY to church growth

Jim Collins has a helpful metaphor on why this assumption is wrong. He calls it the flywheel principle. Imagine a huge flywheel. It weighs 5000 pounds. It is 2 feet thick and about 30 feet in diameter. Your task is to get the flywheel spinning. You put a shoulder to it and after two or […]

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The Habits of Discipleship

Christian living comes down making a handful of disciplines into habits. The disciplines are not Christian living—in some ways, they are the opposite of Christian living. Christian living is about walking in grace. It is about walking on purpose. It is about basking in acceptance. It is not about trying really hard to be good. […]

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Change: what is the point?

The goal is not to move from one static model to another static model. It is not to move from being a traditional church that is not changing to becoming a missional church that is not changing. The goal is not to become a 9Marks church that is not changing. The goal is to become […]

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THE KEY to church growth

Jim Collins has a helpful metaphor on why this assumption is wrong. He calls it the flywheel principle. Imagine a huge flywheel. It weighs 5000 pounds. It is 2 feet thick and about 30 feet in diameter. Your task is to get the flywheel spinning. You put a shoulder to it and after two or […]

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Over-communicate the vision

We tend to under communicate the vision. We don’t say it often enough. We need to say it, put it on banners, put it in the bulletin, and plaster it on posters. Create a logo that communicates it. Make it short, pithy, memorable, and repeatable. Say it often; say it well. I read a book […]

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Vision: shorter is better

Step three is where most people start. Wise leaders create urgency and get a team first. Then comes the vision. The vision needs to fit on a business card. You need an “elevator speech.” This is something you can communicate in the time it takes for an elevator to travel from one floor to the […]

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Change starts with urgency

Change does not start with change. It doesn’t start with vision-casting. These will come later. It starts with urgency. It starts by starting the house on fire. Or, by persuading the church that the house is on fire. People are naturally resistant to change. If they don’t see a compelling reason to change they won’t […]

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How to change the music in your church

Let’s stay with the music example. There are a thousand tiny steps you can take. Introduce one new song. Introduce guitar on one song. Introduce subtle drums on one song. Make sure they are subtle. Read: not loud. Introduce backing tracks on one song. (More on this later.) http://www.worshipbackingband.com/ Try two songs. Try a set. […]

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How to reach young people

I have been in hundreds of churches over the years that are reaching young people in spades. Almost without exception, the churches that are reaching young people are using the music of young people to do it. I have been in many more churches that wanted to reach young people but they didn’t want to […]

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Over-communicate the vision

We tend to under communicate the vision. We don’t say it often enough. We need to say it, put it on banners, put it in the bulletin, and plaster it on posters. Create a logo that communicates it. Make it short, pithy, memorable, and repeatable. Say it often; say it well. I read a book […]

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The gospel and innovation

Do you want to see God do something new in your church and the lives of the people who attend your worship gatherings? Preach the gospel to them. If you’re leading an older, established congregation with a majority of believers present, it will revitalize them and refocus their priorities, reminding them of their need to […]

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