8 Causes of Pastoral Ministry Slump

BY THOM S. RAINER , CHRISTIAN POST CONTRIBUTOR The "slump" metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight … [Continue Reading...]

Turnaround: How dying churches can find new life

For years, a handful of members of Hillview Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn., prayed their pews would be filled with worshippers. In early June, those prayers were finally answered, as more than 300 people gathered for a Sunday morning service. But … [Continue Reading...]

Small, Struggling Churches Look Outside Their Walls to Attract More Members

By Lindsay Corcoran Struggling with dwindling attendance, building maintenance challenges and the task of keep a staff to help fund the future, small churches are looking outside of their own walls to reach people in new ways to grow their … [Continue Reading...]

Why Villages Matter: How the Church Died in North Africa, but Survived in Egypt

In recent years, it has become popular among evangelicals (especially Reformed evangelicals) to emphasize church planting in big cities.  Numerous books, articles, and blog posts have put forth the call to plant churches in the major urban centers of the … [Continue Reading...]

Learning to Pastor

By Micah Fries I started serving as a pastor when I was 20 years old. Aside from a year serving as a church planter in Burkina Faso, I have been serving as a pastor ever since. I was recently thinking about the ways in which I’ve grown since I first … [Continue Reading...]

Should a Pastor Be Discouraged About His Small Church?

Written by Brian Croft Pastors, regardless the pressures you face in your congregation to “produce the numbers,”  focus on caring for souls.  Be faithful to evangelize, preach the gospel every week, pray for conversions, but make sure your primary … [Continue Reading...]

Small Church, Big hearts: Little Pikeville congregation finds a new way to reach those in need

By Kevin Hardy PIKEVILLE, Tenn. — You might call it the little church that could. Lee Station Baptist Church was already providing its community with a clothes closet, a food pantry and an impromptu winter shelter. But the recent gift of a quaint … [Continue Reading...]

Megachurch Trends We Small Churches Must Face

By Alan Rudnick The appeal of the megachurch is undeniable: big building, large worship setting, youth and children’s programs, and a semi-celebrity pastor. Yet many smaller churches have not learned from their large counter parts.  There are some things … [Continue Reading...]

The Future of the Church Isn’t Youth

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Editor’s note: The following is a summary prepared by Faith & Leadership of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Eight Theses on Youth Work in the Church,” from Volume 12 of the “Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works.” 1. The future of the church is not … [Continue Reading...]

Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian?

Written by Todd Pruitt If we associate God’s presence with a particular experience or emotion, what happens when we no longer feel it? We search for churches whose praise band, orchestra, or pipe organ produce in us the feelings we are chasing. But the … [Continue Reading...]

When Your Church Is Not Revitalizing

Written by Scott Slayton “Pastors can be tempted to shift into neutral when the church doesn’t appear to be doing well. There are many ways a pastor can look like he is busy while accomplishing absolutely nothing. The fire is gone, and he just clocks … [Continue Reading...]

Ten Traits of Pastors Who Have Healthy Long-term Tenure

By Thom S. Rainer Imagine what might take place if pastors consistently stayed at churches for ten or more years. Imagine that their tenure was largely healthy. Imagine what would happen in our congregations. The median tenure of a pastor at a church is … [Continue Reading...]

Small Churches Relish the Gift of Giving

By Vicky Travis Ministries at two College Grove churches that started with just a seed of an idea and limited amounts of resources have grown, even flourished, and now give food and clothes to many neighbors in need. The small churches, tucked into … [Continue Reading...]

Church Pulse from ECFA

Conservative Protestant Churches Growing. According to the General Social Survey, conservative Christian churches are increasing slightly (from 30.9% of the U.S. population in '91 to 31.5% in '12). Of course, this means the growth rate in real numbers is … [Continue Reading...]

Why Small Churches Are the Next Big Thing

by Karl Vaters There’s no shortage of studies bemoaning the next generation’s exodus from the Church. Yet while some have written off Millennials’ spiritually, this is a mistake—for the Church and for the Millennials. In the face of this reality, a … [Continue Reading...]

God Loves My Boring, Unimportant Neighborhood

Written by Darren Carlson, TGC Who are the trophies of grace in your mind? Athletes? Actors? Government leaders? I don’t want to lessen the miracle of salvation God works in the lives of these high-profile figures. But do you have a pecking order? Do … [Continue Reading...]

News of Interest to Churches

IRS Commits to Auditing Churches but Keeps Procedures a Secret Does the IRS have procedures in place for auditing churches?  Apparently so, to the surprise of many. The House Passes Some Tax … [Continue Reading...]

The Rare Leadership Virtue of Patience

By Tim Suttle “The movement that Jesus begins is constituted by people who believe that they have all the time in the world, made possible by God’s patience, to challenge the world’s impatient violence by cross and resurrection.” — Stanley … [Continue Reading...]

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By Tim Suttle   Our society is fascinated with success. The American story is about bigger, better, higher, stronger, and faster. Don’t talk about limits, talk about results; talk about the latest models, strategies, and techniques that … [Continue Reading...]

On Local Churches And The Sovereignty of God

Written by Jason Parker “Pastors and teachers preach and teach the Word, equipping the members of the body to build one another up to maturity. To each member is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. In these actual, gathered … [Continue Reading...]