Is Your Church Geared Up?

Wikipedia defines a gear as:  A gear or cog is a rotating machine part having cut teeth or in the case of a cogwheel, inserted teeth (called cogs), which mesh with another toothed part to transmit torque. Geared devices can change the speed, torque, and direction of a power source.  Torque is defined as:  moment […]

Time to Re-Vision?

Our world has changed.  Our communities have changed.  Our context has changed.  It seems like everything has changed!  How is your church responding and adjusting to these changes?  While the days of adapting for survival were tremendous these past several months, the days of innovating for fruitfulness are ahead of us.  How we navigate the […]

Start, Stop, and Suspend

While there is much to mourn in this time of pandemic, it is also a season of opportunity.  But, this season will not last forever.  How will you take advantage of the opportunity before us? We often find ourselves as both individuals and as a church in big, deep ruts.  We do the same thing […]

The Opportunity

Recently I heard Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker, cite some interesting information.  He shared that the brain processes 100 bits of spoken information a second while the brain can process pictures at 1 billion bits per second.  Isn’t that amazing?  Now, how does this apply to the church?  In Medieval times, the pictures […]

Promoter or Detractor?

What kind of experience does your first-time guest have at your church?  Does he or she leave being a promoter or a detractor?  Would he or she recommend your church to someone else looking for a church home?  Would she or he return to your church?  Do you know the answers to these questions? Two-thirds […]

Creating a Culture of Guest Readiness

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Hebrews 13:2 NLT  All churches are friendly! Just ask any church and they will likely tell you they are indeed the friendliest church in town. It is rare when I am working with a church that […]

Online Worship or Online Ministry?

Is your church offering online worship or online ministry? There is a huge distinction in definition let alone the resulting fruitfulness for me in the two. Offering online worship is providing a 30-minute to one-hour worship experience. Offering online ministry is providing a comprehensive offering of the full expression of the church.  Let’s unpack what […]

How Is Effective Leadership Different?

We often throw around the term “effective leadership.”  But what does it really mean?  Effective leaders lead their people and organization in a desired outcome.  They produce a successful outcome or intended result according to dictionary.com.  Common synonyms for effective are successful, fruitful, valuable, essential, and productive. A few years ago, I co-authored a book […]