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Church Leaders, Let’s Talk About and Do More Intentional Evangelism

I sat in an empty conference room going through church files. One box contained hundreds of leads from a long-gone Tuesday night outreach program. I called in a couple of deacons. “What should we do with these?” It may be the dumbest ministry question I’ve ever asked. “I don’t know. We haven’t done this program in years.”  Rather than creating a plan to follow up with some of them, the files went back in the box. The box...

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A Challenge to Keep on Praying for Non-believing Loved Ones

I suspect I speak to most believers—if not all of them. Many of us have unbelieving loved ones for whom we’ve been praying for years. In some cases – particularly as church leaders, for whatever reason – we’ve often carried that burden alone. We grieve the spiritual condition of others, but we do it in the privacy of our own lives. My prayer is that this post changes that pattern.  I was not raised in a Christian home. I...

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Easter Is Over. Now What? Five Steps to Sanity

You pastors and church leaders have been through so much. While others have likewise had severe challenges, pastors have truly had one challenge after another. You lead an organization that is designed to meet and gather. You lead a church that by its very nature seemed shackled by the pandemic. You had to lead both a virtual church and deal with real in-person needs. Many of you had never preached to a camera before COVID.  Now, most...

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Ten Realities for Regathering Churches

Though we don’t have a precise picture of what churches will look like two years from now, we are at least getting some early indicators as the congregations regather. Positively, there is a genuine excitement as more churches open and as more members return. The potential challenge is dealing with the expectation that your church will look like it did in 2019. It will not. Here are some early indicators or realities for churches as...

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Five Ways to Reach Those Who Stopped Attending Worship Services

It’s a challenge that has been around for decades, but it has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Members who were once active have stopped attending worship.  Indeed, some of the most frequent questions we get at Church Answers are related to this issue. How can we get those who stopped attending to return? What is the best approach? Is it worth our effort or is it a lost cause?  To be blunt, these members are indeed hard to get...

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Five Ways the Post-Place Church Will Look Different after COVID

The concept of “place” has changed dramatically during COVID. Perhaps it is more accurate to say the COVID accelerated the trends that were already underway. “Place” is different. Think about it. For centuries, the home has been a place for family and retreat. Now it has become our theater with streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV, Disney +, and many more. Home has become our stadium and...

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Three Ways to Prepare Your Church for the New Post-Quarantine Normal

Allow me to make the understatement of the day: the local church experienced disruptions in 2020.  In the church where I serve as Lead Pastor, we’ve seen and felt a lot of disruptions. I know you have seen and felt disruptions in your church. But my optimism is high right now for 2021. Why? First, I know the biblical truth that the church will continue no matter the opposition (Matthew 16:18). Second, I am seeing a hunger and desire...