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We studied the average length of the best, most watched preachers in America and found some pretty surprising results. Their sermons averaged more than…
On top of his many other responsibilities, Luther was a preaching machine. He preached an estimated 4,000 sermons in his lifetime, of which we have approximately 2,300 of those sermons preserved today.
I’m confident most church members never analyze why they feel the way they do about their pastors, either positively or negatively. But I always wanted to know what was going on with them.
Having trouble lining up volunteers for your fall programs? Here are six ways to cultivate a culture of service so that people will be asking to serve.
As churches approach the 1,000 mark in weekend service attendance they can often find that their growth slows down. This is often identified as a “barrier” to growth that many churches can’t seem to get over. In fact, only 2% of churches grow beyond the 1,000 barrier. There are twice as many churches in the 500-1,000 size than those who break through and move above 1,000.
Please don’t shoot the messenger.
And please wait on additional data and research that will be more positive and helpful.
But please read my words closely and carefully. I am troubled by one major aspect of the research we just conducted.
If you ever want to work with us to learn Intentional GrowthPlanning, you need to know where we are coming from and the bedrock on which stand.
It was the “yes” heard ’round the evangelical Twittersphere, at least for the day. In an interview with Religious New Service’s Jonathan Merritt published yesterday, evangelical stalwart Eugene Peterson professed what appeared to be a reversal of his views of homosexual relationships, saying, among other things, “I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.”
There is much talk about being “gospel-centered” today. I’m thrilled that there is.
But what does it mean, precisely, for a pastor to minister in a “gospel-centered” way? Here are three quick thoughts.
A spoken word on church diversity.
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