Are You Exhausted? Find Rest in Prayer

“Thankfully, God specializes in bringing dead things back to life. Over those months, God took my soul—my burned out, exhausted soul—and slowly but surely gave it rest. He breathed life back into me. I began to feel again. I began to care again. I began to live again. And it was all because I made […]

When Churches Want a Pastor Who Can “Bring in Young Families”

“Almost every church I’ve ever known has wanted to Attract Young Families. The reasoning behind this includes the following: If we don’t regenerate, everyone will eventually get old and die. It’s energizing to have young people around. Younger members can do the work that older members can’t/won’t do anymore. Older members tend to be on fixed […]

Urgent Church: Nine Changes We Must Make or Die

“It broke my heart. Another church closed. This church had unbelievable potential. Indeed, it had its own “glory days,” but only for a season. But, 10 years ago, few would have predicted this church’s closure. Today, it is but another statistic in the ecclesiastical graveyard. I know. We don’t compromise doctrine. I know. We must […]

5 Discipleship Don’ts

“I always kind of thought discipleship was a little awkward. The idea that someone tells me what to do because they know more than I didn’t sound like fun. Clearly, I didn’t understand true discipleship; I didn’t know discipleship was about loving like Jesus. It wasn’t until I understood that our hearts always worship something […]

Your Congregation May Experience “Request Fatigue.”

“It’s possible that you’re asking too much from your congregation. This often backfires and results in an even lower participation level.  You may need to ask your congregation for less.  If you ask for less, you are more likely to get a greater response.  It is necessary to cast big vision and make priority asks […]

The Thriving Smaller Church

“The reality is that smaller churches can thrive, too. More than 65 percent of the churches that participated in the research survey for Comeback Churches–the book I co-wrote with Mike Dodson– had under 200 regular attendees. Smaller churches are not always unhealthy churches; it depends largely on their mindset. In our research, we found that […]

How Can Members of Rural Churches Engage Culture?

This week’s Church Health Thursday share is from Jay Sanders. “Some of what I know about the Great Commission I learned in a classroom. Some of it was taught to me by a county coroner. And a guy who works at a funeral home. And a retired teacher.” Click here to read, “How Can Members […]

The Right Way to Do Church?

“I have no idea what the right way to do church is. And I’m growing increasingly skeptical of anyone who says they know. Sure, I write about it. But most of the time it’s little more than “here’s something that helps me and my church. Maybe it can help you and yours.” Read all of Karl […]

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