Category Archives for church

Sunday Worship Attendance

Tony Morgan has a series of blog posts about declining attendance in Sunday worship services, and I found it interesting: Part 1: Panic at the Church: Dealing with Less Frequent Attendance Patterns Part 2: How One Church Leans In to … Continue reading

29. November 2016 by luke
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The Church and Young People

The Pew study that came out this week revealed that in just the last seven years the median age of Mainline Protestants went from 50 to 52. Looking at stats like that, you have to wonder if we’ve reached a … Continue reading

15. May 2015 by luke
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Why Churches Don’t Grow

Thom Rainer has a list of 7 reasons why some members of churches don’t want them to grow. It’s a pretty good list when even the pastor can say, “Yeah, I get that. Sometimes I feel that way.” For example: … Continue reading

01. May 2015 by luke
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The Magic Word

I saw this sign during a nature call on the Parks Highway near Mt. McKinley.   That’s a great sign. The sign assumes you want to help, or are at least willing to help, and only lack instruction about how. … Continue reading

20. February 2015 by luke
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Worship Leaders Tip

Donald Miller: the difference between an artist an an entertainer. We want our worship to be enhanced by the contributions of artists. We don’t want entertainment. (Truthfully sometimes we do want, but it’s a desire we should resist.)  

20. February 2015 by luke
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Myths about Pastors

Good piece by Thom Rainer listing seven myths about a pastor’s workweek. I don’t know where he gets his data, but it’s all true in my case.  

22. December 2014 by luke
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Congregations Dying and Rising

In his own blog, Bishop Grant recently brought my attention to a blog post entitled “A Growing Church is a Dying Church.” I liked what the blog post said about the role of the pastor: What then can your pastor … Continue reading

13. November 2014 by luke
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Barriers to Giving

Everybody talks about how their church is (or tries to be) friendly. But “friendly” is more than just shaking your hand when you arrive. It encompasses seeing things from your guests’ point of view and asking yourself what they want … Continue reading

12. November 2014 by luke
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Driving Away Visitors

I meant to blog about Thom Rainer’s survey of how churches drive away visitors, but hadn’t gotten to it. Now that Chris Thompson mentioned it in a recent ADN blog, so now I’m finally blogging it. I won’t quote the whole … Continue reading

12. November 2014 by luke
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A Hospital for Sinners (Part 7,133)

There’s a saying that goes, “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” One of my favorite churches has a slogan of “Me Too.” I met someone at the Tuesday AA meeting at church who … Continue reading

10. September 2014 by luke
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