Having a church website is great. You can rally and inform your current members, and invite or introduce people from your community to your church and beliefs. But just having a website doesn’t work. You need to find ways to promote your site effectively so that people will visit. Unfortunately, it is no longer enough […]
The last couple of weeks have been unseasonably warm here in the Pacific Northwest, and last Sunday was especially hot. My kids pulled out the slip-n-slide, and spent the afternoon staying cool with their neighborhood friends. Then they heard that magical sound coming down the street: the distinctive chimes of the ice cream truck. Thinking […]
Opening on March 3rd, History Channel’s The Bible received ratings unexpected by Hollywood elites. By its final episode on Easter weekend it had been seen by over 13 million viewers. Through various blogs and news articles I have seen Christians take a stance both for and against the various episodes and their accuracy to the […]
God wants your church to grow. As the Apostle Paul wrote about the Church in Colossians 2:19, “The whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow” (NIV). Yet today, even churches that want to grow are in a challenging environment, where seeds are too often choked out by all the weeds in our society (Mark 4:18, 19).
If you want to see God’s church grow, there is one thing you absolutely must do. If you want to reach people where they are at, if you want to punch through the communication clutter all around us, you cannot speak softly.
You must be…
I grew up outside of the church. During my early high school years I was sent to a Christian school—not because my parents had faith, but because the school offered discipline and structure. As a young man entering this new world I felt confused by the ideas and words that were used around me. Today, […]
The church has rarely been seen as an early adopter of technology. In past decades we tended to stand on the sidelines when something new entered the marketplace and waited to see the implications of the technologies use in the world at large. Of course, there have always been the forward-thinking early adopters looking for […]
Recently, I came across a survey that mentioned nearly half of a typical church’s new visitors come for the first time because someone invited them.1 Whatever the actual percentage may be for your church, it is very likely the single biggest reason someone visits.
Every church has to find times to compromise.
Now, I’m not talking about doctrine. Practically speaking, you simply can’t do everything well all the time. Unfortunately, if we compromise in a particular area for too long we can end up off balance and with substantial gaps in our ministry.
Put yourself in the shoes of the non-Christians you want to reach. Where should they…
Myth #14: Using visuals to create atmosphere is extravagant and ineffective. The Truth: Anchoring through powerful imagery may be the best kept secret toward memorable services. The Facts: Repeated exposure to an image or idea is increasingly necessary in a media-saturated world. Advertisers, publishers and politicians have long understood the power of a single, attention-grabbing […]
Myth #1: Using visuals during a sermon distracts the congregation and takes away from the pastor’s message. The Truth: Strong visuals enhance any form of communication and will increase the memory retention of your congregation. According to educational research, over 60% of all people are complete or partial visual learners. This means that they more […]