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8 Marks of Evangelistic Churches

Most churches in North America are not evangelistic. My role as Professor of Evangelism and Missions, though, allows me to learn about churches that are breaking this trend.

6 Effective Ways To Follow Up With First-Time Guests

First-time guests follow-up is a significant role in the guest experience. Maximize the follow-up with creativity and authenticity.

When Attrition Is Leaving For All The Wrong Reasons

Some attrition is expected and healthy. But far too many people leave churches for the wrong reasons.

Church Attendance Is Dying. Here’s What’s Next:

Church attendance is dying. Big time. in the future church only the engaged will attend because only the engaged will remain.

7 Marks of a Good Apology vs. 8 Marks of a Bad Apology

When we direct repentance toward a person we have offended, we often call it an apology. For this reason, Christians should be better at apologizing than anyone else.

Can We Truly Be Obedient?

If we were “miserable sinners” before turning to Jesus, why does Jesus expect his followers to become obedient to his will?

Church on Trial – The Latest From Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke is a regular contributor to ChurchLeaders.com. He works at the intersection of faith, media, and culture, and he’s pretty rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. In a few weeks he releases his latest book, Church on Trial.

Jesus Is the Light of the World — And so Are We

Jesus exposed a lot of things that had been in the dark for a long time. But Jesus not only called Himself the light of the world; He passed the responsibility of lighting the world to His followers.

8 Ways to Reach Single Adults Through Your Church

Pam and I were older when we married, so we both spent many years as a single adult. Consequently, we’re sensitive to reaching single adults through our churches. Perhaps one of these suggestions will help you as you reach this group in your community.

Live As If Jesus Rules and Eternity Is Real

When Paul told the Colossian church to set their minds on things above and not on the things of this present world, he was basically saying this: Live as if Jesus rules and eternity is real. Here's what that looks like.

When Childless Becomes Grandchildless

When you are childless, not by choice, the realization of this reality takes years. But confronting the later, consequential fact that you will also not have grandchildren takes only an instant.

5 Reasons Men Don’t Pray at Home

Your first step in turning your home into a house of prayer is spontaneous prayers

7 Things All Growing Churches Have in Common

At the end of the day, the church is all about helping people meet Jesus. Growing churches make decisions based on who they are trying to reach, not who they are trying to keep.

Do Churches Need Answers to Big Theological Questions?

Not everyone thinks the answers to big theological questions matter in their ability to follow Jesus. We think they are simply matters of opinion, or even preference.

Applying the Beatitudes

The Beatitudes, according to Matthew, mark the beginning of Jesus' public teaching ministry. They are the first things that Jesus emphasized as he proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Church Growth: How to Reach 100 New Guests This Year

Most churches want to reach unchurched people. They take the Great Commission seriously and want their church to make a positive difference for the Kingdom

Our Relationship with God – And With Each Other

The primary “death” in the fall of mankind is the death of our relationship with God. Because of sin, we are separated from him.

5 Things That May Be Hindering Your Prayers

We’ve all been there. We pray. We wait. We wait. And then we wonder: “What did I do wrong?” Sometimes the problem isn’t on your end.  It might just not be God’s timing or God’s will… But sometimes it is.

Ron Edmondson: Make Disciples by Discipling Disciple-Makers

As a pastor, as much as I was called to make disciples, I felt called to disciple disciple-makers. I have tried to take this role seriously in every leadership position I have held.

The Top 5 Lies Christians Believe

There are hundreds of lies Christians believe, either collectively or individually. I chose these five lies Christians believe because I have personally seen them infiltrate the church, the lives of my friends and family and my own life.

Daniel Im: How Not To Let the Consumers Drive the Strategy...

Daniel Im joins “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast” to explain how pastors can lead more effectively in a “post-everything” world and why their communities contain more than just the non-Christians and the Christians.

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