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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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A Plea to Pastors for Easter Weekend

After a year filled with lockdowns and online options and outdoor worship services and socially-distanced indoor services and mask mandates and hand sanitizer by the truckload, Easter 2021 has the potential to be a very large weekend, indeed. Besides the emergence from a global pandemic, Easter weekend is one of the two largest church attendance weekends in any calendar year. People attend church with Grandma. Irreligious people come...

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The Next Big Push for Pastors

At first, I didn’t like the title of this article. Let me explain. As a lead pastor of a normative size church, I feel like I have been making big push after big push since the end of 2019. I ended 2019 with a vision for 2020. That vision was thrown out of the window when 2020 unfolded. And we all know what 2020 was like. I ended 2020 with a lot of fatigue. I had decision fatigue. I had vision fatigue. Now, the months of 2021 seem to...

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Six Reasons Senior Pastors Should Lead a Mentoring Group

A Christianity Today article quoted leadership guru Peter Drucker as saying the four hardest jobs in America are, in no particular order… President of the United States University President CEO of a Hospital Senior Pastor The article’s disclaimer questions whether Drucker actually said this, but based on my conversations with pastors, this idea isn’t far off. Senior Pastors feel the strain of navigating their various roles and...

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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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How Social Media Can Hurt Your Church

I think we can agree that social media has helped many churches grow their online presence. Even in the secular market, social media platforms have helped startup companies go from very small to very big, all in a matter of seconds. For the most part, this is a good thing; however, there is a downside to all of this. Social media could be hurting your church, and you might not know it. Let’s take a closer look at four ways that...

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Where Have All the Church Volunteers Gone?

It is one of the most vocalized challenges church leaders express. As the church regathers, the number of volunteers returning does not seem to be proportionate to those who have returned. After our Church Answers’ team heard from hundreds of church leaders, we saw a few common threads.  Volunteer ministry is a discipline that has been neglected during the pandemic. That makes sense. Ministry is a discipline like Bible reading,...

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For Pastors Who Are Struggling with a Mental Health Issue

In ministry, our jobs are typically designed to help others. We walk with families through grief, help the single mother, and pray for couples struggling through an affair. We are outwardly focused, pouring into others for the benefit of Christ.  But what happens when the person in need of help is in our own family? What if the person struggling is actually our own self?  Over the past couple decades, we have seen a significant...