If a church has four or more of these signs present, it is likely in deep trouble. Indeed, it could be closing sooner than almost anyone in the church would anticipate.
"Smart churches invest their best talent and best resources in children’s ministry."
To recover from burnout and overwhelm, you need better patterns, not just a better attitude.
"You are allowed to hate God. If you don’t believe me I encourage you to read the “Psalms of Lament.”
"People are exploring churches online more than they used to."
Prayer is a vastly underrated tool in helping our teenagers keep their faith long-term.
"Let’s be generous, but in helpful ways."
I tell my brethren that putting up with such trash talk is why the Lord has to call people into this work, instead of them lining up to volunteer. It’s why they pay us the big bucks.
After David committed adultery and murder and the Lord regarded all of it as evil, the Lord sent a prophet named Nathan to confront...
"Scarcity is a powerful tool to help drive engagement and, ultimately, growth at your church."
"When we separate God from happiness and from our longing for happiness, we undermine the Christian worldview."
They love each other, but no one has a growth vision for the future. The family of God enjoys a maintenance mode that doesn’t require change.
“He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness." -Hebrews 12:10
"Kindness may be one of the most overlooked pieces of the fruit of the Spirit."
In 2017, we need Jesus and to become more like Him.
"You can't "build it" and have them come, but you can "create it" and have them be invited."
There are a lot of roles our church can fulfill—ministers to the least of these, gospel advocates to the unreached—but one role that we must never take on is that of being the primary discipler of all our kids.
Most churches keep their members so busy they don’t have time to do ministry.
"There are always two kinds of divorces—ones that people see coming a mile away, and those that completely blindside people."
"There can be some tension because you have two different values rubbing against each other."