A few years ago a small project took place. Churches asked community members and professional researchers to come observe their assemblies and fill out a survey and evaluation form while posing as normal guests. Here is some of what they reported: Most members know only a small percentage of other members. This congregation seems to be mostly … Continue reading What do They See?
Yesterday I read Thom Rainer's post on "Eight Reasons People are Leaving Denominational Churches for Non-denominational Churches." Here are the eight reasons from his informal Twitter Poll. Denominational churches have a negative reputation. Some respondents used the phrase “negative brand” to communicate this reason. Denominations are known more for what they are against than what … Continue reading Why Are Members Leaving?
I found this poem in the files this morning. I thought you would like to read it. A Growing Church, by Norman Gipson I really want the church to grow - It means the world to me; I always worship with the saints When I've no company. I really want the church to grow - And … Continue reading A Growing Church
Churches want to grow. Those that grow are contagious congregations that focus on people over programs. Growing churches reach their communities with the good news of salvation in Christ and keep people connected because they help people mature in their individual spirituality. These congregations bring people to Christ and assimilate them into the body of Christ … Continue reading Which Church?
This past Sunday we looked at the concept of becoming a contagious church. We want to: Connect People with Jesus and His Word. Have a Contagious Positive Attitude Be United as a Church Family Show Compassion - Care Work Together for God's Glory not Our Own. Contagious churches are Churches that Sing Praise Contagious … Continue reading R U Contagious
Buildings, attendance, history, social programs, benevolence programs, outreach efforts, mission events, youth or children's ministries, and membership involvement opportunities. These are many of the suggestions I read about from church growth experts on a regular basis. Admittedly, each one of these has merit. Yet, even if a church is doing all these things, they could be like … Continue reading Great Churches
There is plenty of church growth material available in the form of books, online research, lectures, etc. Many of them offer great advice and strategies to bring seekers and the unchurched to your congregation. Some books focus on different programs. Some focus on what one might call gimmicks or marketing campaigns. Others break down research … Continue reading A Welcoming Church Atmosphere
This is the fifth PowerPoint Show about Contagious Churches. Contagious churches have worthy goals. PowerPoint - Building a Contagious Church lesson 5 SlideShare:
Installment 4 - How to Build a Contagious Church PowerPoint: Building a Contagious Church lesson 4 SlideShare:
This lesson explores a congregation's need to be on the same page if they are to be contagious. PowerPoint - Building a Contagious Church lesson 3 SlideShare: