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Last week I went on vacation with my family. And since we were on vacation on a Sunday, I looked for a church for us to attend. It wasn’t the easiest choice to make as zero churches came up on the TMS and 9 Marks church finder websites, but eventually, I settled on a church based on a Google search. We showed up right as it was starting. The first song began. As I walked into the room, there were about 40-50 people present. My expectations were not very high based on previous vacation experiments we had tried.
A few years ago I wrote a proposal for an online initiative that would provide customizable resources for churches wanting to develop their pastors, worship leaders, campus ministers, church planters, elders, and key volunteers. I suggested an online portal with everything from 101 to seminary-level books, articles, podcasts, and videos, as well as suggested “tracks” with curated lists of resources for specific groups. I referred to research from the Barna Group and Ed Stetzer as well as insights from the leaders of Orchard Group, Stadia, and some of our megachurches to support my argument.
I grew up in a blue-collar family. My dad was a mechanic for twenty years and my mom managed the high school cafeteria. My first jobs involved manual labor. I learned to work on cars, mow lawns, paint houses, and repair decks. I went off to college and got a white-collar education and then to seminary to further cement myself among the white-collar crowd of professors and pastors.
Effective preaching is more than just about what you say. It’s also about how you say it.
Too many sermons fail not because of bad content, but because of bad delivery.
Dr. Stetzer asked me about how the Church’s view and value of leadership has changed, and if we will see a new focus on leadership in years to come. The following is a summary of my response.
Here are eleven specific things that churches around the country are doing that could help you make this year your church’s most generous year to date.
Secret shoppers visit stores to offer an unbiased critique of the customer experience. Greg Atkinson does the same for churches and has released a new book, Secrets of a Secret Shopper: Reaching and Keeping Church Guests. Greg is also an author, leadership coach, and consultant. We asked for some insights on secret shopping and how churches can be better at welcoming visitors.
Rookie Preacher Articles
Featured on ChurchLeaders.com: Don’t Preach Until You’ve Asked These 6 Questions – by Brandon Kelley