Tag Archives: Church Growth

The Church Bully

I just came across an insightful post from Thom Rainer. In his post, Rainer lists nine common characteristics of what he labels “church bullies”. Read through the points below. Have you ever had to deal with a church bully? Have … Continue reading

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If you were a pastor, what would you want in a church?

First, let me start off by saying that I have not been posting much lately because I am extremely busy making arrangements for a move from California to Ohio, packing boxes at home and in my office, and wrapping up … Continue reading

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Does college cause students to lose their faith?

I have been reading and enjoying Sam Rainer’s blog for the last month or so.  Sam is co-author of Essential Church?, which I have blogged about previously (here and here). In his latest blog entry, Rainer discusses the impact of … Continue reading

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Should churches evaluate pastors and ministries?

Businesses do it annually.  Some may even do it more often.  But is it appropriate for a church to evaluate its current ministries and staff? After all, the church is not a business.  What would the evaluation criteria be?  Members?  Attendance?  … Continue reading

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Are You Too Ashamed to Ask?

I have been blogging about church issues lately, especially in relation to why people leave the church between the ages of 16 to 22 and how we can stop the trend. During one of the previous discussions on this site, … Continue reading

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How do you know when your church is struggling?

Sam Rainer, co-author of Essential Church?, has written an article for Outreach.  In the article, Rainer discusses signs that point to a struggling local church.  Here is what he writes: Over 90% of churches are declining or growing less than … Continue reading

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Would you leave your church because of the music?

I am still reading through Essential Church?, which I have posted on previously.  In the book, the authors say that despite the attention that worship style gets, people do not tend to leave (or stay) based on music.  If the authors are … Continue reading

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Interesting Stats about Church Dropouts

This is my second post concerning the book Essential Church? by Thom and Sam Rainer.  You can find the first post here if you would like to read it. The Rainers tell us in the introduction to the book that … Continue reading

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Why should anyone go to your church?

I have just started to read a new book by Thom and Sam Rainer.  The title of the book is Essential Church? and even after only reading the introduction, I am already convinced this is going to be a book … Continue reading

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Building Church Buildings: Do We Spend Too Much?

In Matthew 16:13-20, we find an exchange between Jesus and his disciples.  In this conversation, Jesus asks his followers what people are saying about him and who they are saying he is.  After the disciples answer this question, Jesus then … Continue reading

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