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How to Have a Healthy Church in One Year

I’m not really a math person—I took pre-algebra from Mrs. McDade TWICE in junior high. I was OK when it was numbers, but when they threw in letters, I was done. So when I went to college, I majored in English … the farthest I could get away from math!

But I’ve seen a math principle really work in my own life.

Here goes …

If you save $100 a month for 12 months, you’ll have $1,200 at the end of a year. Pretty simple, right?

But if you INVEST $100 a month for 12 months and earn 1 percent interest each month, you’ll end up with $1,344. Investing is a little better than saving because of the principle of compound interest.

Are your eyes glazed over yet?

I hope not, because this is important. Let’s leave the math behind and apply this principle to church.

If you improve your church service by 1 percent each week, not only will you improve what you have, you’ll improve what you improved last week. If you pick one ministry, program or system, and work on it for a month, you’ll be on your way to having a healthy church by the end of the year.

That’s because little improvements over time bring big results.

There are times when you need to take giant leaps forward, but don’t discount the power of continual improvement.

What’s one little thing you can work on in your church? We’d love to know.   

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After two decades as a student pastor, church planter, senior pastor and leadership consultant, Michael Lukaszewski now leads the team at Church Fuel, an organization dedicated to providing insanely practical resources to pastors. He and his wife have three children and live in the Atlanta area. Learn more at churchfuel.com.