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?
Many think since they went to school, they know how teachers ought to teach and will often tell teachers how to do their job. Similarly, since many people sit in church buildings and hear sermons they have advice for preachers. Here are actual statements to preachers. Some of these are things said to me. Speak up. Speak … Continue reading I’m Just a Church Member
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?
Somewhere along the line we forgot. We (the Church and her leaders) forgot that our mission is not about drawing people to us or to our beautiful buildings. We are not commanded to bring people to our way of thinking or to our particular style of worship. We are not even told to win people to our friendly group. We … Continue reading It is All About . . .
The last of six PowerPoints and numerous posts about Contagious Churches: PowerPoint: Building a Contagious Church lesson 6 SlideShare:
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:
Here is the second power point on this series. For an explanation see yesterday's post. Building a Contagious Church Lesson 2 (PowerPoint Show) SlideShare: