Outreach & Missions How To's
Helping new believers recognize the importance of baptism and helping church members understand their role in communicating that importance is one of your greatest challenges.
How do we experience a breakthrough in church growth? There are plenty of answers in terms of systems and methodologies, models and approaches. But before we go about the reshaping of the structure or ministry of a church, we first need to experience a change in our mindset.
Real transparency between fellow sisters (and brothers) in Christ is much deeper and much more difficult than what we commonly practice. Being transparent in ministry is painful, embarrassing, humbling work, for the teller as well as for the hearer.
As I’ve worked with churches across the country pondering over these issues, I’ve bumped into these sure signs that are evident in churches that aren’t seeing enough first-time guests arriving at their church.
One of the most significant reasons for stagnating and declining attendance is church dropouts. The most challenging problem is that church dropouts rarely return.
Give your morning devotions these five major upgrades, and you will likely see a big difference in the grace you see flowing into your life during those quiet hours.
Dating, especially Christian dating, should be fun. Why is it that so many single Christians turn dating into some kind of checklist and interviewing process?
We can be missional in everyday ways without overloading our schedules. We can have a missional lifestyle in everyday ways without overloading our schedules.
Change can be hard. Evaluate where you are honestly, and consider these church stewardship ideas. Then take the next faithful step toward teaching your church how to be more generous.
Summer is a time when things aren’t so chaotic and people are a little less tense. And it's a GREAT time as a church to make yourself known in your community. We’ve got seven summer outreach ideas for you to do this year.
Thom Rainer: Has your church had a health exam lately? How would it fare in your honest assessment of these seven secrets of healthy churches?
Growing larger isn’t the most beautiful part of our story. It’s that we’ve managed to spread out and multiply by planting churches.
When you hide behind your beautiful mask, you’re not doing yourself any good. You can hold on to hope when you are honest with yourself and others.
Sharing the Gospel is like flying an airplane. You want to take off smoothly, have a solid flight plan, know how to deal with emergency situations and then, of course, land safely.
When I wrote "Autopsy of a Deceased Church," my desire was to demonstrate the terrible consequences and deaths of local congregations when the members are inwardly focused. It's why church outreach Programs fail.
Sometimes, one of the best things you can do to become even more effective at accomplishing your mission is to invite people to leave your church.
If you call yourself a Christian, your agenda is now filled with an all-consuming calling from Christ himself to full time ministry.
It's surprising to me how many Christians struggle with the idea of church attendance. We are at a crossroads in our nation on the importance of going to church.
I can’t imagine a better scenario or a sweeter season for my first pastorate. I learned that in shepherding, the sheep shape the shepherd.
While specific churches are leading the way toward being ethnically diverse, a movement of tens of thousands of churches does not exist. Perhaps we’re at the beginning stages of such a movement.
Four years after the Washington National Cathedral removed windows depicting Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, the windows will be filled with work by artist Kerry James Marshall related to racial justice.
"It's not about becoming like Julia Child," says Ann Voskamp. "Hospitality is about welcoming in the marginalized as the next child of God."